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DANGER MOUSE (1966)

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Full Name: Danger Mouse
Nationality: British
Organization: Unknown
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1966 - 1967

ABOUT THE SERIES

Danger Mouse is a freelance agent.

He has to be, IMHO, because I never learn any organization that he is attached to. To be more honest, I never see any work he does which would qualify him as an agent of any sort. Guardian of the Neighborhood, perhaps. Arch-nemesis to Cat, perhaps. Secret agent? Not so much.

And yet from the moment we first meet him, the logo banner topping each of his adventures clearly state 'Danger Mouse - Secret Agent'. This 'announcement' is accompanied with an image of Danger Mouse (DM) to the left of the title shooting a gun at Cat on the right of title, said victim being hit with a suction-cupped projectile.

I name the main foil of DM as 'Cat' because this tom is never given a name himself (that I could find) but since he is the main adversary of DM, it seemed appropriate to at least dub him something. DM does call him 'pussy-twit' once but I think it was just a pejorative, and there is one time when a note was left for him with the name 'Charley' on it but it may have been a red herring.

DM is normally clad in what looks like a black onesie with very large letters "DM" on the chest. Possessing stick-figure legs with feet and having stick-figure arms with hands (three fingered), DM has very long ears on the top of his head and a very, very long nose which curves outwards and upwards.

DM is resourceful and has a fair number of not-so-mice-like tools to help him, including odds and ends pulled from pockets of his outfit. He also has the neighborhood wired, apparently and monitors things with his transistor radio.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:42
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1967

1 Don't Bait The Police Don't Bait The Police
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 02/18/1966, full page
The building of a new home for cats on High Street gets DM alerted.

2 Cats' Home Cats' Home
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: Unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 02/26/1966, full pageThe building of a new home for cats on High Street gets DM alerted.

3 Pied Piper Pied Piper
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 03/05/1966, full pageCat sees a book about the Pied Piper of Hamelin and decides to use the idea to snare some mice. DM has other ideas.

4 Secret Cheese Formula Secret Cheese Formula
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 03/12/1966, full pageLearning that a secret cheese formula was stolen DM is certain Cat was behind it and goes to get it back to the Cheese Factory.

5 Such Magnetism Such Magnetism
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 03/19/1966, full pageCat puts a small metal ball inside a wedge of cheese and then uses a powerful magnet to trap DM.

6 A Tasty Little Snack A Tasty Little Snack
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 03/26/1966, half pageCat baits a mouse trap with a chunk of cheese. DM steps in to rescue a fellow mouse and turns the table on Cat.

7 Homewrecker Homewrecker
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 04/02/1966, full page
Cat decides to drive some mice out of a house to get himself a new indoor home. DM has other ideas.
Reprinted in Cor! 04/08/1971.

8 Micey Easter Egg Micey Easter Egg
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 04/09/1966, full pageCat traps several mice in a fake easter egg. DM must get them free.

9 Drinka Pinta Milka Drinka Pinta Milka
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 04/16/1966, full page
Cat snares DM in an empty milk bottle.
Reprinted in Cor! 01/22/1971.

10 Scooter Race Scooter Race
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 04/23/1966, full page
Cat traps several mice and races away stealing a scooter to elude DM
Reprinted in Cor! 03/25/1971.

11 Itching Powder Itching Powder
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 04/30/1966, full page
To free some trapped mice DM douses Cat with itching powder.
Reprinted in Cor! 03/18/1971.

12 'Well That Sucks!' 'Well That Sucks!'
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 05/07/1966, full page
Cat steals a small vacuum cleaner to suck up some mice for lunch.
Reprinted in Cor! 07/03/1971.

13 Cat Baiting Cat Baiting
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 05/14/1966, full pageDespite DM telling a young mouse how dangerous cats are that imp has to find out himself.

14 Cat Burglary Cat Burglary
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 06/04/1966, half page
Cat and his pal decide to rob the Cheese Factory but DM has a way of keeping it 'safe'.
Reprinted in Cor! 07/10/1971.

15 Skating Danger Skating Danger
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 06/18/1966, full pageCat nabs a mouse and extorts DM to get a big fish.

16 Ten Pin Bowling Ten Pin Bowling
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 07/23/1966, half page
Cat learns that DM was spotted in a bowling alley and goes after him with unpleasant results.
Reprinted in Cor! 05/15/1971.

17 To Set A Mouse Trap To Set A Mouse Trap
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 07/30/1966, full page
Cat discovers that a mouse trap can catch other things too.
Reprinted in Cor! 05/22/1971.

18 Clang Goes The Bell Clang Goes The Bell
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 08/06/1966, single stripCat uses a large bell to snare DM but ends up all wet.

19 Batcat Batcat
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 08/20/1966, full page
Cat buys a Batman costume to give him leverage against DM.
Reprinted in Cor! 01/29/1971.

20 Invisible Ink Invisible Ink
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 09/10/1966, half page
Cat buys a large bottle of Invisible Ink paints himself with it and then goes after DM.
Reprinted in Cor! 05/08/1971,

21 Blow Football Blow Football
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 09/24/1966, half pageA mouse is being used as the ball in a game of Blow Football by two cats. DM is not amused.

22 More Spring In My Step More Spring In My Step
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 10/01/1966, full pageCat puts coils on his feet to give him a boost trying to catch DM

23 Artificial Fish Formula Artificial Fish Formula
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 10/08/1966, full pageLearning that there is a new formula for making fake fish DM knows that Cat and his pal will be after it.

24 It'll Take More Than One Cat! It'll Take More Than One Cat!
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 10/29/1966, half page
DM shows Cat that it takes more than one cat to catch him. Even several are not enough.
Reprinted in Cor! 06/12/1971.

25 Robin Cat Robin Cat
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 11/12/1966, single stripCat tries to act like a Robin Hood to snare DM with a suction arrow but nabs Dog

26 Punchball Punchball
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 11/26/1966, single stripCat learns the hard way that a punch-ball can be dangerous

27 Christmas Cheese Pudding Christmas Cheese Pudding
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 12/24/1966, half page
Cat gets his fill of cheese and then some!
Reprinted in Cor! 12/25/1971.

28 Christmas Cracker Christmas Cracker
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, 12/31/1966, full pageCat learns that a Xmas cracker prize can sometimes not be so fun.

29 Blow-Up Dog Blow-Up Dog
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Published in Smash, 04/01/1967, half pageDM needs help getting out a trap. Luckily he has a Mean Dog Balloon in his pocket.

30 A Fishy Disguise A Fishy Disguise
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Published in Smash, 04/29/1967, full pageCat comes up with a bizarre idea of hiding in a fish costume to snare DM.

31 Gob-Stoppers Gob-Stoppers
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Published in Smash, 05/13/1967, single stripCat learns the hard way that gob-stoppers are also good for stopping cats.

32 Pop Waxworks Exhibition Pop Waxworks Exhibition
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Published in Smash, 06/03/1967, half page
DM has a good use of a life-size wax figure of himself.
Reprinted in Cor! 10/30/1971.

33 The Rat Catchers The Rat Catchers
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Published in Smash, 06/24/1967, half page
Watching an episode of The Rat Catchers gives Cat an idea for catching DM.
Reprinted in Cor! 08/21/1971,

34 To Cat A Cat Crook To Cat A Cat Crook
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1967

Published in Smash, 08/19/1967, single stripDM has a plan for capturing a wanted cat burglar.

35 Keen As Mustard Keen As Mustard
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, half page
DM uses a bone-dipped in mustard to make Cat's day go very wrong.
Reprinted in Cor! 06/26/1971.

36 Marrowbone Jelly Marrowbone Jelly
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, half page
DM needs a spring in his tail to combat a giant cat
Reprinted in Cor! 07/17/1971.

37 Milk Thief Milk Thief
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, full page
Cat steals milk from a local play theater and DM vows to get it back.
Reprinted in Cor! 07/24/1971.

38 Die By The Tool Die By The Tool
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, half page
Cat learns that using DM can use tools as well or better than he can.
Reprinted in Cor! 08/14/1971.

39 Cat Catapult Cat Catapult
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, half page
Cat has a slingshot that is causing DM some trouble.
Reprinted in Cor! 08/28/1971.

40 More Itching Powder More Itching Powder
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, half page
After Cat stole DM's supper with a trick. DM uses a similar trick to reward Cat with itching powder.
Reprinted in Cor! 11/06/1971.

41 I'm A Big Fan I'm A Big Fan
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, full page
Cat uses a large fan to cause DM trouble and DM returns the favor
Reprinted in Cor! 02/05/1972.

42 Harpoon For You Harpoon For You
Published by Odhams Press
Contributors: unknown (writer and artist)
Copyright: 1966

Published in Smash, unknown date, full page
Cat is tired of getting doused by DM so he buys a wet suit to protect himself along with a harpoon gun
Reprinted in Cor! 03/04/1972.

MY COMMENTS

This series so does not belong in this compendium but it is here because someone back in 1966 thought to make a play on, I and others guess, the British television show Danger Man. At least on its name, as this comicbook character has nothing to do with that television character.

Why I spent several hours looking through a bunch of Smash and Cor! magazines to find every instance I could, well, anal-retentive does not begin to cover it.

And the stories are just bad, even admitting they are not spy stories in the least.

My apologies to all spy-fi fans for this entry. But just in case someone somewhere asks, "Hey, what about?..." - Here it is!

GRADE

My Grade: D+

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