(April 1953)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1953
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Co.
Brand
St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

Issue Notes

"Giant Edition 3 regular ten-cent comics in 1 25-cents", per cover copy.
Keywords
giant issue

[Faster Than a Speeding... Locomotive!] (Table of Contents)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / cover / 1 page (report information)

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Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mugger Mouse
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse streaks toward railroad tracks to rescue juvenile delinquent Mugger Mouse, who is caught in the path of a speeding locomotive.
Keywords
heroics; locomotive; panic; railroad tracks; train

Indexer Notes

Cover is related to page 14 of "The Hoodlum Gang" interior story.

Draw Instantly (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Master Art Helper Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Hoodlum Gang (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Take that! And that --- And that!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mugger Mouse; Mitzi Mouse; The Claw; Professor Ohm; various thuggish cats; crime school teacher; crime school students; various citizens of Mouse-Town; mayor of Mouse-Town; police chief of Mouse-Town; juvenile delinquent mice
Synopsis
A baby mouse in a stroller accidently rolls downhill from Mouse-Town to Cat-Town, falls into the clutches of The Claw and Professor Ohm, and is raised as a tough juvenile delinquent. Taking the name “Mugger Mouse”, he is sent back by the cats to corrupt the youth of Mouse-Town. As crime rises under the influence of Mugger Mouse, Mighty Mouse is left to wonder how even he can combat rampant juvenile delinquency - especially when the young punks dismiss his efforts with a resounding "Drop dead!"
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Keywords
corruption of youth; crime; juvenile delinquency; theft; violence

Indexer Notes

References the juvenile delinquency problems of the 1950s.

This story is divided into three consecutive chapters - Chapter One: pages 1-4, Chapter Two: pages 5-8, and Chapter Three: pages 9-16. For the Gold Key reprint in Mighty Mouse (Western, 1964 Series) #163 (April 1965), the chapter headings were removed. Western Publishing also provided a new “Mighty Mouse” logo, new title font, and produced its own coloring for this story.

Underground Tyrants (Table of Contents: 3)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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And now, ladies and gentlemen - for the most magical feat of all time - I'm going to make you disappear!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mitzi Mouse; The Claw; Professor Ohm; various mouse citizens and police; various members of The Claw's gang; various thuggish cats of Clawville; Runt (brave little mouse); "railroad dick" cat; flame-thrower cats
Synopsis
Posing as a stage magician, Professor Ohm puts a theatre-full of mice into a chemically-induced sleep, and kidnaps them for The Claw. Once inside Claw Territory, the mice are forced into hard labor mining an explosive mineral ore. Mighty Mouse’s search and rescue efforts are stymied by a peace treaty with the cats, who are more than pleased to show him everything in Clawville… except the remote mine. Can one brave little mouse get word of their captivity out to their hero?
Keywords
captives; cave-in; explosion; flame-throwers; forced-labor; heroics; kidnapping; magician; mine; train; unlikely hero

Indexer Notes

This story is divided into three consecutive chapters - Chapter One: pages 1-5, Chapter Two: pages 6-10, and Chapter Three: pages 11-16.

[Duel or Snow Duel] (Table of Contents: 4)

Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
At the old trading post, we find Mighty Mouse in a duel to the finish with that snake in the grass, Oil Can Harry, as a violent storm rages outside --
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart [St. John Logo 1]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Pearl Pureheart; Oil Can Harry
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse and Oil Can Harry take their perpetual duel to the arctic, where Harry has frozen Pearl Pureheart in a block of ice, and Mighty Mouse is trapped by an extraordinary bolt of lightning.
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Keywords
arctic; bear; cartoon adaptation; dog-sled; duel; escalating events; helicopter; heroics; ice; ice-tongs; icicles; kayak; lightning bolt; seals; snow; snowshoes; storm; swords; waterfall; winter setting

Indexer Notes

Good Bit: While dueling with swords, Mighty Mouse slices-up Oil Can Harry like a stick of baloney - only to have the "Harry-slices" re-form into Harry himself, as the airborne slices fall one atop another.

This story is a comics adaptation of the 1949 Terrytoons theatrical animated short “A Cold Romance”, directed by Mannie Davis, but referring to Pearl Pureheart as "Little Nell". The "baloney-slicing" gag occurs twice in succession in the cartoon - but (suitably) only once in the comic. Information on "A Cold Romance" supplied by Merlin Haas, 2020.

The Wolf's Pardon (Table of Contents: 5)

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In the main office of the Storyland Penitentiary a famous villain is receiving his release after being a guest of the warden for the last ten years ---
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Big Bad Wolf; Storyland Penitentiary warden; Three Little Pigs; Little Red Riding Hood; two rams
Synopsis
Released from prison after ten years, the Big Bad Wolf finds that "life on the outside" ain't what it used to be.
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Keywords
best-laid-plans; cartoon adaptation; children's story parody; parole; prison; reversal of fortunes; wolf

Indexer Notes

This story is an adaptation of the 1947 Terrytoons theatrical animated short of the same name, though the last page-and-a-half offers a different ending than does the cartoon.

Slinky (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

James Industries, Inc.; Slinky / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

Shamus the Leprechaun (Table of Contents: 7)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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Did you ever wonder about the leprechauns, fantastic little men of the Emerald Isle?
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; various animal citizens of Irish woodland village; No Good Bear
Synopsis
Shamus the Leprechaun watches over all the animal citizens of an Irish woodland village, planting lucky shamrocks, making shoes, and doing good deeds. No Good Bear, a practitioner of evil magic, transforms himself into a giant bear, and terrorizes the village.
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Keywords
bear; creator references; forest setting; giant; Ireland; leprechaun; meta humor; wreaking havoc

Indexer Notes

Meta Moments: The names “Morrison” and “Donnelly” are on the list of persons the leprechaun is to help. References to Tom Morrison (Terrytoons writer, voice artist, director, and editor of this comic book) and Eddie Donnelly (Terrytoons animator and director). When No Good Bear strikes, the leprechaun is casually reading “Terry Toons” comics.

50 Combat Action Plastic Toys $1 (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Fighting Force / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Terror In the Tropics (Table of Contents: 9)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Looking down upon the Earth far below, the Champion of Justice is attracted by smoke arising from a tiny island thousands of miles from civilization.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Koana (next island mouse sacrifice); Black Mike (cat); Black Mike's nameless hench-cat; messenger mouse; island mouse chief; various island mice
Synopsis
On a tropical island populated by peaceful mice – and where cats are unknown – shipwrecked cats Black Mike and his unnamed henchman begin the hoax of “Kuloo The Powerful”, a mountaintop-god who demands a daily sacrificial mouse. This frightful ruse has worked for “many moons”, until the chance arrival of Mighty Mouse.
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Keywords
best-laid-plans; fear; heroics; hoax; island; mountain; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; sacrifice; sea or island setting

Indexer Notes

Though soft-pedaled in the dialogue, it is quite clear that Black Mike and his associate have consumed at least one sacrificed mouse per day, for some time. “Every day we get a tasty morsel without lifting a finger!”

Peeping Rudy (Table of Contents: 10)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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It's a nice day for a stroll, Dinky!
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Dotty Duck; Miss Leghorn
Synopsis
Rudy hides in the bushes to eavesdrop on Dinky and Dotty, and is embarrassingly found out.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; bushes; eavesdropping; embarrassment; unwelcome surprise

Squirrel Rescue (Table of Contents: 11)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gandy's wearing my old sport jacket again!
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; Gloria Goose; Gloria's pet squirrel
Synopsis
Sourpuss' prank on Gandy backfires, but succeeds in rescuing Gloria's pet squirrel.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; fire cracker; practical jokes; rescue; sport jacket; squirrel; tree

Young's Toy Fair (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Young Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Flirt (Table of Contents: 13)

Chesty [Terrytoons Cartoon Bulldog] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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I tell you I didn't wink at the lady, I had a speck of dust in my eye!
Feature Logo
Chesty [Terrytoons Cartoon Bulldog St. John Logo with character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Chesty; Heckle; Jeckle; old lady; cop
Synopsis
As a practical joke, Heckle and Jeckle frame Chesty as a masher.
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Keywords
frame-up; practical jokes; umbrella; winking

Pulling Stumps (Table of Contents: 14)

Farmer Gray / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
The chain broke!
Feature Logo
Farmer Gray [St. John logo with character]
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Farmer Gray; Dimwit; Farmer Gray's horse
Synopsis
Farmer Gray's efforts to uproot a tree stump by the strength of his horse are thwarted when the chain used for pulling the stump snaps. Enter Dimwit with a substitute for the chain.
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Keywords
alternative uses; chain; horse; sorry-you-asked; tree stump

Lights, Action, Camera (Table of Contents: 15)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What on Earth are all those bundles?
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
Sourpuss decides to make a movie to showcase his acting and directing talents, but his efforts are overshadowed by Gandy's dumb luck in errantly aiming the camera at a robbery, leading to the capture of the crooks.
Keywords
acting; camera; directing; movie; robbery; unlikely hero

The Serenade (Table of Contents: 16)

Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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I'm going to serenade the Spanish girl who moved in down the street.
Feature Logo
Sourpuss [St. John Logo]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Sourpuss; Gandy Goose; senorita
Synopsis
Sourpuss hopes to woo a senorita.
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Keywords
balcony; best-laid-plans; guitar; senorita; serenade; unwelcome surprise

Rabbit Ears (Table of Contents: 17)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Rudy Rooster and Dinky Duck were walking along near Farmer Gray's house when they saw him coming up from his fine vegetable patch.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Farmer Gray; Freddy Rabbit
Synopsis
Rudy vows to catch the thief who is stealing carrots and lettuce from Farmer Gray's vegetable patch, all the while knowing that he, himself, is the veggie-snatcher.
Keywords
carrots; farm; lettuce; outsmarting one’s-self; thief; vegetable patch

Choo Choo (Table of Contents: 18)

Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog] / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Take your bags, sir?
Feature Logo
Dimwit [St. John Logo 2 with character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dimwit; porter; conductor; snack vendor; various other passengers
Synopsis
While on a train trip, Dimwit follows the instructions of every railroad employee he encounters - but still gets thrown off the train.
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Keywords
best of intentions; following instructions; train

Loosened Log (Table of Contents: 19)

Little Roquefort / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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I see Roquefort heading this way.
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Little Roquefort [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Little Roquefort; Percy Puss
Synopsis
As Little Roquefort walks across a log bridge, Percy tries to dump him in the river.
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Keywords
best-laid-plans; bridge; log; outsmarting one’s-self; river; unintended slapstick consequences

Let's Be Kind (Table of Contents: 20)

Terry Bears / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just where are you going?
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa
Synopsis
Papa tells the boys that it's "Be Kind to Animals Week" and, as expected, the boys overdo it to Papa's great dismay.
Keywords
"Be Kind to Animals Week"; best of intentions; series of mishaps

[Soft-Touch Gandy] (Table of Contents: 21)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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Pardon me, sir, could you spare a dime?
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose
Synopsis
Gandy gives - a bit more than he intended.
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Keywords
best of intentions; charity; too-much-of-a-good-thing

Wonderful Papa (Table of Contents: 22)

Terry Bears / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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Let me show you one of Nature's wonders.
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa
Synopsis
Papa shows the boys how salmon can swim up a waterfall.
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Keywords
fishing; salmon; swimming; unwelcome surprise; waterfall

At Grips with the Lava Men (Table of Contents: 23)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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Help! The mountain's exploding!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; citizens of Mountain Village (mice); lava men; Professor Edam; Professor Edam's assistant; The Claw; Professor Ohm; citizens of Claw Territory (cats); troops of Cat Army
Synopsis
Lava Men, flaming bipedal creatures from "another world beneath the crust of the Earth", emerge from suddenly-created volcanoes and proceed to overrun and destroy the territories of both mice and cats. Mighty Mouse finds these magma-made monsters too hot to handle.
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Keywords
extreme heat; heroics; lava; monsters; panic; volcanoes

Indexer Notes

For the Gold Key reprint in Mighty Mouse (Western, 1964 Series) #161 (October 1964), Western Publishing provided a new “Mighty Mouse” logo, shortened the title to “The Lava Men”, and produced its own coloring for this story.

Western also edited the story from its original 14 pages, down to 12 pages, to fit within the standard 32 interior pages of the prevailing format.

Here's Real Fun for You! (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Seagee, Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Get Prizes... Make Money (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

American Seed Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Faster Than a Speeding... Locomotive!]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Draw Instantly
    Master Art Helper Co.
  3. 2. The Hoodlum Gang
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Underground Tyrants
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  5. 4. [Duel or Snow Duel]
    Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart
  6. 5. The Wolf's Pardon
  7. 6. Slinky
    James Industries, Inc.; Slinky
  8. 7. Shamus the Leprechaun
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  9. 8. 50 Combat Action Plastic Toys $1
    Fighting Force
  10. 9. Terror In the Tropics
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  11. 10. Peeping Rudy
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  12. 11. Squirrel Rescue
    Gandy Goose
  13. 12. Young's Toy Fair
    Young Products
  14. 13. The Flirt
    Chesty [Terrytoons Cartoon Bulldog]
  15. 14. Pulling Stumps
    Farmer Gray
  16. 15. Lights, Action, Camera
    Gandy Goose
  17. 16. The Serenade
    Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat]
  18. 17. Rabbit Ears
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  19. 18. Choo Choo
    Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog]
  20. 19. Loosened Log
    Little Roquefort
  21. 20. Let's Be Kind
    Terry Bears
  22. 21. [Soft-Touch Gandy]
    Gandy Goose
  23. 22. Wonderful Papa
    Terry Bears
  24. 23. At Grips with the Lava Men
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  25. 24. Here's Real Fun for You!
    Seagee, Co.
  26. 25. Get Prizes... Make Money
    American Seed Co.
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