(October 1953)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bimonthly
On-sale Date
1953
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Co.
Brand
St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison

[Dinky Deflowers a Rug] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Tom Morrison ?
Inks
Tom Morrison ?
Colors
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Letters
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Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster
Synopsis
Enthusiastic Dinky vacuums-up a rug's floral pattern.
Keywords
flowers; rug; vacuum

Hey Kids!! Be the First in Your Neighborhood to Own These Sensational New Action-Packed Toys! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Lucky Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Big Cleanup (Table of Contents: 2)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, boy! All I have to do is sell 100 bottles of shampoo and I win the big surprise prize!
Feature Logo
Dinky (Duck) St. John Logo with character
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; goat; lady duck customer; laundromat owner (duck); Slippery Dan (pickpocket); cop
Synopsis
Starting out as rival shampoo salesmen, Dinky and Rudy team-up to foil a pickpocket plaguing a local laundromat.
Reprints
Keywords
laundromat; pickpocket; rivalry; sales; shampoo; working-at-cross-purposes

Licking the Job (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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Feature Logo
Dimwit [St. John Logo 2 with character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dimwit; cat
Synopsis
Dimwit takes a job as a dishwasher, but finds a cat to lick the plates clean.
Reprints
Keywords
cat; dishwasher; doing-something-their-own-way

Indexer Notes

Pantomime.

[Papa's Kite Is a Sorry Sight] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gimme that string, boys, and let an expert show you how to fly a kite!
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa
Synopsis
The boys have fun flying their kite, until Papa takes over.
Reprints
Keywords
kite; know-it-all; unwanted help

Cowboys Camouflage (Table of Contents: 5)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Vic Lockman ?
Pencils
George Crenshaw
Inks
Vic Lockman
Colors
?
Letters
Vic Lockman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Please, Rudy... Let's stay and see this movie one more time!
Feature Logo
Dinky (Duck) St. John Logo with character
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Popalong Pig (cowboy movie star); Farmer Gray; Betsy (cow); cat; burglar (fox)
Synopsis
Taken with Popalong Pig, a cowboy movie star, Dinky wreaks western-style havoc across Farmer Gray's farm. In the process, he routs a burglar and learns a lesson about movie idols.
Reprints
Keywords
burglar; cowboy star; movie idol; unlikely hero; valuable lesson; westerns; wreaking havoc

Indexer Notes

George Crenshaw credit from Alberto Becattini (2020). Script resembles some of Vic Lockman's later work for Dell, Gold Key, and Whitman Comics.

Using His Head (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster
Synopsis
Awkward fielder Dinky, continually conked on the noggin by batted baseballs, decides to wear his fielder’s mitt on his head.
Keywords
alternative uses; baseball; doing-something-their-own-way; glove

Indexer Notes

Pantomime.

Chow Time (Table of Contents: 7)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Look, Rudy! I got a letter!
Feature Logo
Dinky (Duck) St. John Logo with character
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; lion; circus trainer
Synopsis
Dinky and Rudy mistake an escaped circus lion for the "chow dog" that Dinky is expecting to receive as a gift.
Reprints
Keywords
cluelessness; dog; gift; lion; wrong impression

Over Exposed (Table of Contents: 8)

Percy Puss / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Crenshaw
Inks
Vic Lockman
Colors
?
Letters
Vic Lockman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
There! Now when that's covered with this black cape, Little Roquefort will never know the difference!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Percy Puss; Little Roquefort
Synopsis
Percy tries the old cartoon-standard trick of disguising a shotgun as a camera on a tripod, telling Little Roquefort “…I am going to SHOOT your picture with my special new camera!” Roquefort, who’s acted in a carton or three and knows his stuff, maneuvers Percy into position to catch the blast himself.
Reprints
Keywords
camera; cartoon-trope; inattentiveness; shotgun; turning the tables

Indexer Notes

George Crenshaw credit from Alberto Becattini (2020). The very same "cape" that Percy describes as "black" in the first line (above), is colored white with blue-streak highlights throughout the story.

Dimwit "Saves the Farm" (Table of Contents: 9)

Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog] / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One day, Dimwit was almost completely startled out of his wits.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dimwit; Farmer Gray; Sylvester Fox; chickens
Synopsis
Farmer Gray employs Sylvester Fox as a hired hand to keep him from sneaking onto the farm and teasing the chickens. Dimwit is uncertain of what to make of this unusual turn of events. Eventually, though, he comes through as Farmer Gray had hoped.
Reprints
Keywords
chickens; dog; farm; fox; softening of story content; teasing; uncharacteristic situation

Indexer Notes

Uncharacteristic soft-pedaling is employed in this story - especially for the more rough-and-tumble time of 1953, vs. the present day where it's become the norm. Sylvester Fox does not plan to steal the chickens, or eat them... but tease and frighten them instead. That is his only aim, supported by these quotes:

"Sylvester's reputation with chickens was a very poor one. He never missed an opportunity to tease and frighten them. It seemed to be Sylvester's chief pleasure - why, he would rather tease the chickens than do anything else!"

"With Sylvester working out in the fields, [Farmer Gray] didn't have to worry at all about his chickens being teased."

"...[Sylvester was] edging over very quietly to the chicken coop where the chickens were busy eating! If he ever frightened them now, they'd be sure to have an attack of indigestion and they wouldn't lay eggs for weeks!"

In a similar text story in Issue # 5 of this title, Sylvester Fox stole chickens with the intent of consuming them. Could the possible threat of the "Comics Code" (not yet governing St. John Comics) be responsible for such a clear "softening" of story content?

Bandit Blues (Table of Contents: 10)

Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck] / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Take good care of the station while I'm out to lunch, Dinky! I'll give you ten cents for the job!
Feature Logo
Dinky (Duck) St. John Logo with character
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; stationmaster; Rudy Rooster; skeptical pig; skeptical horse; Farmer Gray's housekeeper; Sixgun Sidesaddle
Synopsis
With the stationmaster off for lunch, Dinky fears that a bandit is coming to rob the Podunk Corners railway express station of its stored cargo. When none of the farm gang believe him, Dinky takes it upon himself to rout the intruder with three full pages of slapstick violence.
Keywords
bandit; railroad; slapstick violence; stepping-up

New! 1953 "Space Commander" Vibro-Matic Walkie-Talkies (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Consumers Mart / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

It's Easy! It's Fun! Make Extra Money (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Wallace Brown, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Dinky Deflowers a Rug]
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  2. 1. Hey Kids!! Be the First in Your Neighborhood to Own These Sensational New Action-Packed Toys!
    Lucky Products
  3. 2. Big Cleanup
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  4. 3. Licking the Job
    Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog]
  5. 4. [Papa's Kite Is a Sorry Sight]
    Terry Bears
  6. 5. Cowboys Camouflage
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  7. 6. Using His Head
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  8. 7. Chow Time
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  9. 8. Over Exposed
    Percy Puss
  10. 9. Dimwit "Saves the Farm"
    Dimwit [Terrytoons Cartoon Dog]
  11. 10. Bandit Blues
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  12. 11. New! 1953 "Space Commander" Vibro-Matic Walkie-Talkies
    Consumers Mart
  13. 12. It's Easy! It's Fun! Make Extra Money
    Wallace Brown, Inc.
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