(January 1951)

St. John, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
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bimonthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
St. John Publishing Co.
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[TV Startled!] (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 (on TV); scared cat; three escaping mice
Synopsis
The mere presence of Mighty Mouse on television is enough to scare away a hungry cat.
Keywords
fright; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; panic; reused gag; television

Indexer Notes

This is a reworking of the cover gag for Mighty Mouse (St. John, 1947 series) #8 (December 1948), which featured Mighty Mouse on a movie theatre screen frightening an entire audience-full of fleeing cats. The progression of Mighty Mouse from theatrical short subject to television staple is noted by these covers in tandem.

Jeckle's New Car (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Jeckle isn't around so I guess I'll borrow his convertible.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; cute female bird
Synopsis
Heckle wants to impress a cute female bird by driving up in Jeckle's shiny new convertible.
Keywords
best-laid-plans; car; convertible; making impressions; rivalry

Indexer Notes

Black and white on inside front cover.

The Cat-Controlled Mice (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero] / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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Connie Rasinski
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
As the mice of Terrytown sleep peacefully under the dark blanket of a night sky, a tiny light burns brightly atop a nearby mountain.
Feature Logo
Mighty Mouse [St. John Logo without Character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; superhero
Characters
Mighty Mouse; The Claw; Professor Ohm ("greatest wizard of all catdom"); various hench-cats; Mitzi Mouse; various mouse-citizens of Terrytown
Synopsis
Using an ancient formula, Professor Ohm turns all the mouse-citizens of Terrytown against Mighty Mouse.
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Keywords
divide and conquer; friends-turned-enemies; magic; mind-control; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal; strange chemical properties

The Fountain of Youth (Table of Contents: 3)

Heckle and Jeckle / comic story / 6.5 pages (report information)

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Jim Tyer
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Jim Tyer
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
You seem to be getting older, Old Boy! Look at your hands.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit; Rudy Rooster; Mr. Bulldog (Chesty)
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle invent a "youth restorer" that has some startling and bizarre results.
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Keywords
abounding oddities; age; potion; strange chemical properties; unintended slapstick consequences; youth

- Big News - Cracker Jack Will Put Your Name on 3 Flashy Pencils (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Cracker Jack / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

A Lesson in Art (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy, there's nothing like understanding the finer things in life!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss
Synopsis
A frustrated Sourpuss tries to teach Gandy art appreciation.
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Keywords
art appreciation; best of intentions; painting; sorry-you-asked; wrong impression

Dinky Foils the Egg Yegg (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm always in trouble, Dinky.
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; egg thief; Aunty Duck (Dinky's aunt); sheriff
Synopsis
Dinky helps Rudy foil an egg thief - and prove the theft to the sheriff.
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Keywords
eggs; henhouse; sheriff; thief

Obey the Rules (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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Art Bartsch (signed as AB)
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Art Bartsch (signed as AB)
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Golly, Sourpuss, I don’t know how to thank you for taking me to the zoo!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; alpine ibex
Synopsis
Sourpuss tells Gandy to “obey the rules”, while at the zoo. Gandy obeys… strictly.
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Keywords
alpine ibex; be-careful-what-you-wish-for; rules; zoo

The Weather Prophet (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"What’s the matter, chum?" asked Heckle as he turned from his food sampling at the refrigerator to face Jeckle who was sitting rather forlornly on a kitchen chair, sighing.
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit; cop
Synopsis
Dimwit comes to collect a debt from Heckle and Jeckle and is beaned by the Magpies in the hope that a blow on the head will cause amnesia regarding the debt. Instead, it sharpens Dimwit’s memory and gives him the ability to predict the weather. The Magpies do their best to exploit Dimwit’s newfound gift.
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Keywords
amnesia; get-rich-quick; predictions; weather

Nothing Wrong (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well Dinky, how was everything while I was on vacation?
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; Matilda (hen)
Synopsis
Dinky reports on the state of the farm when Rudy returns from vacation.
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Keywords
bad news; best of intentions; escalating events; good news; sorry-you-asked; unwelcome surprise

The Magic Ring (Table of Contents: 10)

Gandy Goose / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Excuse me, Ma'am, may I help you across the street?
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Gandy Goose; Sourpuss; mysterious old lady; cannibals
Synopsis
For helping her across the street, a mysterious old lady gives Gandy a magic ring that will grant three wishes. What are the odds that Gandy and Sourpuss will make the best of those three wishes?
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Keywords
be-careful-what-you-wish-for; magic ring; three wishes

The Old Hat (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
This would be good to use for magic tricks.
Feature Logo
Heckle and Jeckle [St. John Logo without characters]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Heckle; Jeckle; Dimwit
Synopsis
Heckle and Jeckle try to con Dimwit with an old top hat.
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Keywords
best-laid-plans; magic; top hat

Dinky Rings the Bell (Table of Contents: 12)

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

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, Rudy. If I ring the bell, I'll win a box of chocolate.
Feature Logo
Dinky [Duck] [St. John logo without character]
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters
Dinky Duck; Rudy Rooster; carnival worker
Synopsis
A sympathetic carnival worker helps Dinky to ring the bell on a "test of strength" in order to show up Rudy.
Keywords
carnival

Indexer Notes

A "sympathetic carnival worker", as opposed to one to rigs the game to his advantage, certainly goes against the comics stereotype. Black and white on inside back cover.

Get Your Prize This Easy Way! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

American Specialty Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [TV Startled!]
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  2. 1. Jeckle's New Car
    Heckle and Jeckle
  3. 2. The Cat-Controlled Mice
    Mighty Mouse [animated film superhero]
  4. 3. The Fountain of Youth
    Heckle and Jeckle
  5. 4. - Big News - Cracker Jack Will Put Your Name on 3 Flashy Pencils
    Cracker Jack
  6. 5. A Lesson in Art
    Gandy Goose
  7. 6. Dinky Foils the Egg Yegg
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  8. 7. Obey the Rules
    Gandy Goose
  9. 8. The Weather Prophet
    Heckle and Jeckle
  10. 9. Nothing Wrong
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  11. 10. The Magic Ring
    Gandy Goose
  12. 11. The Old Hat
    Heckle and Jeckle
  13. 12. Dinky Rings the Bell
    Dinky [Terrytoons Cartoon Duck]
  14. 13. Get Your Prize This Easy Way!
    American Specialty Company
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