(July 1965)

Western, 1964 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1965-04-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
K. K. Publications, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
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Issue Notes

Cover code: 10010-507. On-sale date from 1965 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

Edited out of Western Publishing's New York offices.

This issue is a rare instance of Western Publishing reprinting comic book material originating from a source other than itself (St. John Publishing). Such is the case for Mighty Mouse (Western, 1964 Series) #161-165 (1964-1965).

The Bird of Doom! (Table of Contents)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Mighty Mouse takes desperate action to destroy The Bird of Doom!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse (cover element illustration); Mighty Mouse (inset illustration); Bird of Doom
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse fights the Bird of Doom with a battleship.
Keywords
battleship; giant bird

Indexer Notes

New cover for an issue of reprints.

Undesirable Character (Table of Contents: 1)

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; slingshot; turning the tables

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

The Bird of Doom (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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Deep among the burning wastes of the desert, a research party led by the world-famous mouse scientist, Professor Edam, has made a tremendous discovery.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [Western Publishing Logo]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Mitzi Mouse; Professor Edam; members of Professor Edam's research team; cat-spy; The Claw; Professor Ohm; various members of The Claw's gang; Bird of Doom (giant bird); stuffy battleship admiral; various battleship crew members
Synopsis
Professor Edam's archeological expedition unearths a tremendous egg from beneath the Egyptian desert. Tipped-off by a cat-spy, The Claw and Professor Ohm forcibly take the egg, hatching the "Bird of Doom" inside, and raise the bird to combat Mighty Mouse.
Reprints
Keywords
battleship; desert setting; giant bird; giant egg; heroics; title or logo modification

Indexer Notes

However soft-pedaled in the art, the Bird of Doom is uncharacteristically killed on-panel.

For this Gold Key reprint, Western Publishing provided a new “Mighty Mouse” logo, added the title “The Bird of Doom” to the opening splash panel, and produced its own coloring for this story.

Jungle Terror (Table of Contents: 3)

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 [Western Publishing Logo]
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.
Reprints
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

For this Gold Key reprint, Western Publishing provided a new “Mighty Mouse” logo, and lettered the title “Jungle Terror” in a more modern-style within a newly-added rectangular panel at the upper left corner of the opening splash panel, and also produced its own coloring for this story.

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.

Mail Order Mayhem (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Don't tell me you're writing for more things through the mail!
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo with Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; mailman
Synopsis
Fed up with Gandy's mania for ordering different objects through the mail, Sourpuss decides to burn Gandy's latest package arrival with the trash.
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Keywords
mail order marketing; package; unintended slapstick consequences

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside back cover.

Mighty Mouse Pin-Up (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; Bird of Doom
Synopsis
Mighty Mouse fights the Bird of Doom with a battleship.
Keywords
battleship; giant bird; pin-up

Indexer Notes

The front cover image is repeated on the back cover, sans logo and all cover copy. Also sans the Mighty Mouse inset illustration.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Bird of Doom!
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Undesirable Character
    Little Roquefort
  3. 2. The Bird of Doom
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. Jungle Terror
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  5. 4. Mail Order Mayhem
    Gandy Goose
  6. 5. Mighty Mouse Pin-Up
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
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