Cartoonist/animator Paul Terry was known for his archaic sense of humor and style of drawing. So when Mighty Mouse achieved commercial success in the 1940s he apparently turned to similarly archaic comic strip artist – a neighbor in Larchmont, New York – Herb Roth. Roth was somewhat well-known for his book and magazine cartoons, as well as being the assistant/ghost to cartooning legend H.T. Webster (1885-1952). Roth had his own one-shot comic strip briefly, for a few weeks in 1913, a New York World panel called Oh, That New York! What It Doesn’t Do To You!.
I don’t recall where I found these, but here are two sample Sunday strips Roth created for Terry in 1947. Needless to say, the strip never sold (though Mighty was popular enough to headline comic books for Timely (Marvel) and St. John around the same time). They are not very well written, and Roth struggles to stay on model (and fails), but his unique cartooning style comes through. Poor Mighty Mouse – like the repetitious animated shorts themselves (and understand, I love every operatic moment of them) the studio knew it had a great character but simply had no idea what to do with him.
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