Space Mouse

Publisher: Avon
Publication Dates: April 1953 – April-May 1954
Number of Issues Published: 5 (#1 – #5)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was on-going series

Walter Lantz Space Mouse

Publisher: Western
Publication Dates: November 1962 – November 1963
Number of Issues Published: 5 (#1 – #5)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series

Two earlier issues (#1132 and #1244) published as “Space Mouse” in Four Color (1942 Series).

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

The first Space Mouse was a comic book character published from 1953 to around 1956 by Avon Publications. Space Mouse was also the name of a 1959 Universal Studios cartoon featuring two mice and a cat named Hickory, Dickory, and Doc. A second Space Mouse character was published by Dell Comics (and later by Gold Key Comics) from 1960 to around 1965. The Dell Comics version was also featured in a 1960 cartoon produced by Walter Lantz, entitled The Secret Weapon.

The original Space Mouse first appeared in Space Mouse #1, cover dated April 1953. He appeared regularly in a number of Avon titles throughout 1953, then only sporadically from 1954 to around 1956.

In 1959, Western Publishing Company held the license to produce comics based on the properties of Walter Lantz, such as Woody Woodpecker, Chilly Willy, and Andy Panda. Western realized that they were paying a lot of money to Lantz for the rights to his characters, but they weren’t getting as many different titles out of the arrangement as they would have liked. Western’s executives instructed their senior editor, Chase Craig, to launch another comic book based on a Lantz property. He looked over the available characters and decided that none of them could sustain their own series.

FCC 1132,1244 1,3,4 Walter Lantz 1,4,5








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