(October 1955)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly except June and July
On-sale Date
1955-08-16 ?
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Corporation
Brand
St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison (editor)

Issue Notes

On sale date of 1955-08-16 from newsdealer notation on the cover of indexer's copy. May or may not be completely accurate, but is reasonable given a cover date of October, 1955.

[Sheep Stealer Stymied] (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; wolf; sheep
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse ties up a sheep-stealing wolf with his own lasso rope.
Keywords
heroics; lasso; meadow; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; post; rope; sheep; wolf

Indexer Notes

New painted cover for an issue of reprints.

What a Look (Table of Contents: 1)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's very valuable. Don't let anything happen to it.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit; Chesty
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle pull a prank on Dimwit, that breaks Chesty's valuable mirror. They pay dearly.
Reprints
Keywords
mirror; practical jokes; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

[The Raiders From Saturn] (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

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Far above the town, the mail plane roars through the clear peaceful night sky on the last leg of a routine flight, when suddenly a strange gigantic creature looms up in front of it... Something that no pilot has ever seen before!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mitzi Mouse; The Claw; Professor Ohm; giant bat-winged green cats (the raiders from Saturn); two mail pilots (mice); various mouse citizens and police; various cat citizens
Synopsis
An epic adventure in four chapters pitting Mighty Mouse and his archenemy The Claw against an invading force of monstrous bat-winged green cats from the planet Saturn. The Claw comes to Mighty Mouse in good faith, seeking aid against the terrifying alien-cats - a move that displeases The Claw's scientific ally Professor Ohm. Ohm double-crosses mice and cats alike, forging a secret alliance with the Saturnians.
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Keywords
alien invasion; enemies-joining-forces; flying saucer; heroics; laboratory; mysterious ray; outer space setting; Saturn; size differential

Indexer Notes

"The Raiders From Saturn" would be an unofficial title, in that it does not appear as part of the story itself, but was derived from the cover caption of the story's original printing in Paul Terry's Mighty Mouse Comics (St. John, 1951 Series) #35 (November 1952). The story is actually untitled.

The title does not appear in the original printing as well, but only on the cover. When the story was later reprinted in a Gold Key Comic - Mighty Mouse (Western, 1964 Series) #161 (October 1964) - it was given the title "The Invasion of the Bat Cats", making it the only version of the story with an "official title".

Everybody Gives to Cancer (Table of Contents: 3)

American Cancer Society / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Whitney Darrow (signed as Whitney Darrow Jr.)
Pencils
Whitney Darrow (signed as Whitney Darrow Jr.)
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Whitney Darrow (signed as Whitney Darrow Jr.)
Letters
Whitney Darrow (signed as Whitney Darrow Jr.); typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Send your contribution to "CANCER" care of your local post office
Keywords
American Cancer Society; contributions

Indexer Notes

Public Service Announcement in comics-form urging everyone to give to the American Cancer Society. Consists of ten individual panels of characters from all walks of life getting money to use for contributions. A kid breaks his piggy bank, a woman takes her stash hidden in the cookie jar, a granny pulls cash from out of her mattress, etc. In the 11th (final) panel, they are all seen rushing to make their donations to the American Cancer Society. Black and white interior page. Between pages 6 and 7 of previous story.

Polio Precautions (Table of Contents: 4)

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

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Gamma Globulin – obtained from human blood – gives protection for a few weeks. However, it is in VERY SHORT SUPPLY. Meanwhile – when polio is around - follow these precautions.
Keywords
polio; precautions; public health; public service announcement

Indexer Notes

A little girl, something of a cross between Little Lulu and Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, demonstrates the suggested precautions… “Don’t mix with new groups”, “Don’t get overtired”, “Don’t get chilled”… “But do keep clean”. Art is contained in four individual circular panels. Between pages 8 and 9 of previous story.

The Serenade (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
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.
Reprints
Keywords
balcony; best-laid-plans; guitar; senorita; serenade; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Sourpuss; Gandy Goose; senorita

Dimwit's Magic (Table of Contents: 6)

Heckle and Jeckle / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Really, old boy," said Jeckle sleepily to Heckle.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit; old lady; reckless driver; beggar; tough boss (dog)
Synopsis
Dimwit amazes Heckle and Jeckle with feats of magic. Can the broke and lazy magpies exploit Dimwit's newly-discovered talents to their own ends? They're sure gonna try.
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Keywords
be-careful-what-you-wish-for; best-laid-plans; dream sequence; hard lesson learned; lack-of-funds; magic; ulterior motives; unwelcome surprise

Choo Choo (Table of Contents: 7)

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.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; following instructions; train

Off to the City (Table of Contents: 8)

Terry Bears / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Get up! Didn't you hear me? I said get up!
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa; Mama
Synopsis
The boys make sure their harried Papa catches his train. ...Poor Papa.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; briefcase; clock; daily commute; series of mishaps; train; wild ride

Happy Haunting Grounds (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Tell me, what did you dream last night?
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa
Synopsis
The boys inadvertently frighten Papa.
Reprints
Keywords
dream; fright; monster; nightmare; seeing-things; wrong impression

Pulling Stumps (Table of Contents: 10)

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.
Reprints
Keywords
alternative uses; chain; horse; sorry-you-asked; tree stump

[Rudy Learns a Mighty Good Lesson] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gee, I wish I could do the things Mighty Mouse can!
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Mighty Mouse
Synopsis
Dinky teaches a scoffing Rudy a much deserved lesson... with a little help.
Reprints
  • Story is reprinted from an undetermined issue.
Keywords
comic book; learning one’s lesson; meta humor

Indexer Notes

Meta Moment: Dinky is reading a copy of Paul Terry's Mighty Mouse Comics. Black and white on inside back cover.

Hurry!! Get a Cracker Jack Jingle Beanie (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Cracker Jack / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Sheep Stealer Stymied]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. What a Look
    Heckle and Jeckle
  3. 2. [The Raiders From Saturn]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Everybody Gives to Cancer
    American Cancer Society
  5. 4. Polio Precautions
    The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
  6. 5. The Serenade
    Sourpuss [Terrytoons Cartoon Cat]
  7. 6. Dimwit's Magic
    Heckle and Jeckle
  8. 7. Choo Choo
    Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog]
  9. 8. Off to the City
    Terry Bears
  10. 9. Happy Haunting Grounds
    Terry Bears
  11. 10. Pulling Stumps
    Farmer Gray
  12. 11. [Rudy Learns a Mighty Good Lesson]
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  13. 12. Hurry!! Get a Cracker Jack Jingle Beanie
    Cracker Jack
This issue was most recently modified by:
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