(October 1955)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bimonthly
On-sale Date
1955
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Corp.
Brand
St. John
Editing
Tom Morrison

Issue Notes

Final St. John issue. Title and numbering continue under Pines.

[Egg On His Face] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Tom Morrison ?
Inks
Tom Morrison ?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster
Synopsis
Dinky makes a mess of juggling eggs.
Keywords
eggs; juggling

Indexer Notes

New cover for an issue of reprints.

Rudy Eavesdrops (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
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?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here comes Dinky and his girlfriend.
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Dotty Duck
Synopsis
Rudy hides in a barrel to eavesdrop on Dinky and Dotty. He shouldn't have.
Reprints
Keywords
barrel; best-laid-plans; eavesdropping; unintended slapstick consequences; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

Big Cleanup (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
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?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

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)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

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)

Script
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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.

Polio Precautions (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
?
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Inks
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Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
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.

Chow Time (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
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Inks
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Letters
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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)

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Letters
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 (when this story was originally published), 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. This issue displays the “Comics Code Seal”, but the issue in which this story was originally printed (#7, 1953) was not yet subject to the code. Could the possible threat of the coming "Comics Code" be responsible for such a clear "softening" of 1953 story content?

Smart Papa (Table of Contents: 10)

Terry Bears / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jim Tyer
Inks
Jim Tyer
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Do your Christmas shopping early (newspaper)
Feature Logo
Terry Bears [St. John logo with characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Terry Bears; Papa; Mama; bus driver; crowd of shoppers; elevator operator; department store security guard; department store Santa
Synopsis
Papa thinks he can beat the crowds at Christmas shopping. He's wrong again.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; bus; Christmas shopping; crowds; department store; department store Santa; elevator; series of mishaps

The Retriever (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
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Pencils
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Inks
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hi, Gandy!
Feature Logo
Gandy Goose [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Sourpuss puts Gandy's retriever dog to the test.
Synopsis
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; dog; cop
Reprints
Keywords
dog; fetching the stick; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

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. [Egg On His Face]
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  2. 1. Rudy Eavesdrops
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  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. Polio Precautions
    The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
  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. Smart Papa
    Terry Bears
  12. 11. The Retriever
    Gandy Goose
  13. 12. Hurry!! Get a Cracker Jack Jingle Beanie
    Cracker Jack
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Joe Torcivia
  • Gary L. Watson (R.I.P.)
  • Michael Hoskin