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Here I come to save the day!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Mighty Mouse, who first appeared in short animated films from Terrytoons for 20th Century Fox throughout the 1940s, including one that was nominated for an Academy Award.  So what better time to bring back the powerful mouse who can protect Pearl Pureheart from Oil Can Harry, and maybe even save us all?  Dynamite Comics is answering the call with a new monthly series beginning today with an initial story arc that deals with bullying.

Mighty Mouse was created by Ralph Bakshi (known also for Fritz the Cat, the animated The Lord of the Rings, and the Kim Basinger flick Cool World) and Paul Terry, whose cartoons with sound beat Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie to cinemas in 1928 (one of the first animators to use cel animation).  Mighty Mouse would appear as part of the Saturday morning cartoon line-up in various versions in each of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.  A rather odd update, the 1980s version would feature a crossover episode with Bakshi’s Mighty Heroes characters, a group of middle-aged lawyers that included a superhero called Diaper Man, and comedian Andy Kaufman would make famous for another generation the Mighty Mouse theme song in a skit for Saturday Night Live in the 1970s.  Marvel Comics produced a 10-issue comic book series in 1990-1991.

        

Today, writer Sholly Fisch and artist Igor Lima are bringing the classic mouse to the 21st century.  It’s a book for kids of all ages–the kind of comic book to introduce young kids to the medium.  A boy is getting bullied in school, and he’s a young artist and fan of the classic Mighty Mouse cartoons.  As he is watching television, a portal across dimensions interferes with his show, and with the characters within the television.  The third wall is breached as a boy meets his hero.

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Peabody here…

Much more so than we can tell from previews of the coming DreamWorks film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which we previewed earlier at borg.com here, a new monthly comic book series based on Jay Ward’s classic animated series has all the heart that made the original loved by millions.  Mr. Peabody is the genius dog, of course, who takes his boy Sherman back and forth across time like Doctor Who and his TARDIS or Doc Brown and his DeLorean.

The original animated series-within-a-series called Peabody’s Improbable History, which was featured in episodes of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, is as classic as classic gets, and fans can recite episodes decades after it first aired for kids in the 1960s and re-aired to kids in reruns in the 1970s and beyond.

Issue #1 of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, written Sholly Fisch with art and colors by Jorge Monlingo, is funny, appeals to all ages, and captures the spirit and look of the original.  Here’s a preview of Issue #1 courtesy of IDW Publishing, now in comic book stores everywhere:

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C.J. Bunce
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*In memory of Jenny, who waited beside me many hours this year as I wrote for this website, tail wagging and always there for me.  You will be missed.

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