(June 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 Company
Brand
St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

Issue Notes

Cover copy states: "GIANT Edition 3 regular ten-cent comics in 1 25¢".
Keywords
giant comic

Dart Men of the Moon (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; Dart Men
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse fights off an army of alien Dart Men.
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Keywords
aliens; heroics; moon; outer space setting; rocket ships

Terrific Value! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

40 Airplanes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Dart Men of the Moon (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
Remember men, you're guarding our super secret fuel!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Professor Edam; Mitzi Mouse; The Claw; Professor Ohm; Butch (cat-thug); Greasepaint (mouse traitor and master of disguise); various members of The Claw's gang; mouse sentries at rocket base; various mouse astronauts; various Dart Men (aka Arrowheads); Dartface the 14th (ruler of the Dart Men)
Synopsis
A space force of mouse astronauts, headed by Professor Edam and Mighty Mouse, is bound for the (then) planet Pluto. The Claw’s agents, including a traitorous mouse posing as Professor Edam, sabotage the rocket fleet so that it will barely reach the moon before running out of power. Waiting for them on the moon is villainous Professor Ohm, who has formed a secret alliance with a tribe of “dart men” to attack and overcome the mice upon landing.
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Keywords
aliens; heroics; outer space setting; sabotage; space mission; the moon

Rooster Stopper (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Howdy, podner! Do you want to see my new type cowboy hat?
Feature Logo
Dinky (Duck) St. John Logo with character
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster
Synopsis
Dinky's new type of cowboy hat foils Rudy's prank on him.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; cowboy hat; duck; farm setting; lever and fulcrum; mallet; pranks; rooster

The Trap (Table of Contents: 4)

Farmer Alfalfa / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Someone's been stealing my corn! Know anything about it, Rudy?
Genre
humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Farmer Alfalfa; Rudy Rooster
Synopsis
Rudy's flimsy trap for a corn thief, catches the thief... Rudy, himself!
Keywords
best-laid-plans; caught-in-the-act; corn; farm setting; outsmarting one’s-self; theft; trap

Indexer Notes

In St. John comics books, Farmer Alfalfa was more often known as "Farmer Gray".

Undesirable Character (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's that contrivance, may I ask?
Feature Logo
Little Roquefort [St. John logo with character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Little Roquefort; Percy Puss
Synopsis
Percy is ejected from the house by his own giant slingshot.
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Keywords
best-laid-plans; cat; mouse; slingshot; turning the tables

Suit Looted (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I like to see everyone looking happy!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mitzi Mouse; picnicking mice; gang of three cats; citizens of Mouseville (mice); crowd of other cats
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse's suit is stolen by a cat who thinks it's the source of his powers. Silly cat.
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Keywords
cats; costume; heroics; mice; powers; wrong impression

By Gum (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey! Must be insects!
Feature Logo
Little Roquefort [St. John logo with character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Little Roquefort; Percy Puss
Synopsis
Percy Puss stops up Little Roquefort's pea shooter with a wad of gum.
Keywords
cat; gum; mouse; outsmarting one’s-self; pea shooter

All Aboard (Table of Contents: 8)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, kids - lookit at what I built!
Feature Logo
Dinky (Duck) St. John Logo with character
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Rudy's two chicks; Willie the Weasel
Synopsis
Dinky builds a train out of two old apple boxes and some wheels. Not to be outdone, Rudy builds a monorail train out of his old bicycle, two wooden barrels, and other odds-and-ends. Before Rudy's two chicks can take a ride, Willie the Weasel takes over the monorail - and is sorry he did.
Keywords
chicks; duck; farm setting; monorail; rooster; train; weasel

Episode 2643 ½ Terror on the Tracks (Table of Contents: 9)

Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart; Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Poor innocent Pearl Pureheart is in a desperate situation tied to the horns of a mad bull ---
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; Pearl's father; bull
Synopsis
Oil Can Harry lets loose a mad bull, and releases a roundhouse-full of roaring locomotives, to imperil Pearl Pureheart and Mighty Mouse.
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Keywords
bull; football plays; locomotives; peril; rescue; striking oil

Indexer Notes

Not only does Mighty Mouse “throw the bull”, and prove to be “more powerful than locomotives”, he also quotes from his (future?) TV theme song. Page 4, panel 3 he says: “It won’t be long before I have the situation well in hand.” From the Mighty Mouse theme song: “…On the sea or on the land, he has the situation well in hand.”

Magic Dutch Rock Garden (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Magic Dutch Rock Garden / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

All Washed Up (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Now get busy and wash the elephants or no free tickets.
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; circus boss; elephant; bearded lady; clown
Synopsis
Gandy ineptly washes a circus elephant, getting himself and Sourpuss fired.
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Keywords
circus setting; elephant; free tickets

The Reckless Rabbit (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
While a group of young rabbits are at play, one stands idly watching.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Rollo (the “reckless rabbit”); other boy-rabbits; Rollo’s mother; hungry eagle; three more eagles
Synopsis
Headstrong young rabbit Rollo eschews baseball with friends in favor of building his own plane and “flying to the moon”. He also doesn’t believe in Mighty Mouse, until danger fills the skies in the form of a fierce windstorm and a flock of hungry eagles. His belief system changes rapidly.
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Keywords
eagles; home-made airplane; rabbits; reckless behavior; storm

Cat Disposal (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yes, Mighty Mouse, I received the book you sent me.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Mitzi Mouse; The Claw
Synopsis
Mitzi doesn’t need Mighty Mouse to save the day, thanks to a book he sent her.
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Keywords
book; unexpected intrusion

Hectic Honeymoon (Table of Contents: 14)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 7.5 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh, Honey, married at last!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mr. and Mrs. Mouse (bride and groom honeymooning mice); elephants; various zoo animals; zoo keeper; police; firefighters; army; navy; gorilla; various townspeople terrified by escaped zoo animals; Mr. and Mrs. Mouse and their “millions and millions of descendants” (in flash-forward)
Synopsis
Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Mouse unknowingly choose the elephant house at the zoo as their honeymoon home. The expected scared elephants set into motion a delightfully insane chain of events that can only be righted by Mighty Mouse.
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elephants; escalating events; gorilla; home-seeking; newlyweds; wreaking havoc; zoo animals

Slinky (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Slinky / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

The Gold Brick (Table of Contents: 16)

Gandy Goose / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
"I've got it," cried Gandy, as he burst into Sourpuss's room.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
Sourpuss is skeptical about Gandy’s chances for success on a radio quiz show, until he learns the show is called “It Pays to be Dumb!”
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Keywords
prizes; quiz show; reversal of fortunes

Tricky Business (Table of Contents: 17)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, Gandy! What have you got there?
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; magic rabbits
Synopsis
Gandy runs an errand for a magic shop, and asks Sourpuss to mind the shop while he’s gone. Gandy requests that his pal not touch anything until he gets back. Sourpuss, alas, cannot resist temptation.
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Keywords
card tricks; disappearing-trick; magic; magic hat; rabbits; sawing-in-half-trick; wreaking havoc

Jungle Terror (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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Chapter I – Many savage beasts lurk in the deep jungles of darkest Africa and it would be a sad life indeed for the smaller creatures if they did not have a dauntless defender constantly patrolling the jungle paths...
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Bonzo (elephant); python; deer; alligator; pigmy with blow-gun; two hungry tigers; pigmy tribe; The Desert Gang (army of large talking gorillas) three hungry lions; goat; camels; two little rabbits, hungry fox
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse protects the smaller creatures of the jungle from larger predators and thwarts the aggressive alliance of hostile pigmies and the Desert Gang, an invading army of large talking gorillas.
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Keywords
boiling lake; desert setting; evolved gorillas; heroics; jungle animals; jungle setting; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; pigmies; rope bridge; title or logo modification

Indexer Notes

Nice touch: Mighty Mouse suspects a habitually hungry alligator of small animal ingestion. When he questions the gator, it feigns innocence with a “symbolic halo” over his satisfactorily-smiling head. But Mighty Mouse props open the creature’s gaping jaws… and, in reverse order, out come running a rabbit, monkey, jungle bird, deer, and zebra! The zebra, pictured as “first-out”, is largely cut-off by the panel border indicating the possibility of still more animals ahead of it, fleeing the alligator’s innards.

Denizens of the Deep (Table of Contents: 19)

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

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Whatta sock! He lasted twenty seconds!
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Kayo Katt; Mitzi Mouse; Mitzi's grandpa; The Claw; Professor Ohm; Professor Edam; boxing promoter (cat); five challenger mice; sailor cat; gunner cat; sharks
Synopsis
A boxing promotion stunt orchestrated by The Claw and Professor Ohm temporarily sidelines Mighty Mouse, giving the evil cats the opportunity to steal a map from Professor Edam showing the location of vast underwater deposits of uranium. Mighty Mouse takes off after The Claw's gunboat, but the cats have a few surprises in store for our hero.
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anti-aircraft guns; boat; boxing; carnival; heroics; map; sharks; theft; torpedo; undersea setting; uranium

Given-Given (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Cloverine Brand Salve / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

An Amazing New Plan! Make Friends... Make Money! (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Harford Frocks / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Dart Men of the Moon
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Terrific Value!
    40 Airplanes
  3. 2. Dart Men of the Moon
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Rooster Stopper
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  5. 4. The Trap
    Farmer Alfalfa
  6. 5. Undesirable Character
    Little Roquefort
  7. 6. Suit Looted
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  8. 7. By Gum
    Little Roquefort
  9. 8. All Aboard
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  10. 9. Episode 2643 ½ Terror on the Tracks
    Mighty Mouse The Perils of Pearl Pureheart; Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  11. 10. Magic Dutch Rock Garden
    Magic Dutch Rock Garden
  12. 11. All Washed Up
    Gandy Goose
  13. 12. The Reckless Rabbit
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  14. 13. Cat Disposal
    Little Mitzi
  15. 14. Hectic Honeymoon
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  16. 15. Slinky
    Slinky
  17. 16. The Gold Brick
    Gandy Goose
  18. 17. Tricky Business
    Gandy Goose
  19. 18. Jungle Terror
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  20. 19. Denizens of the Deep
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  21. 20. Given-Given
    Cloverine Brand Salve
  22. 21. An Amazing New Plan! Make Friends... Make Money!
    Harford Frocks
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