Mighty Mouse #2 NM Lima b&w 1:15 Incentive Cover Dynamite Fisch Paramount Movie


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Mighty Mouse (2017 Dynamite) #2D

Published 2017 (est.) by Dynamite Entertainment
Limited 1 for 15 Retailer Incentive Variant Cover
Written by Sholly Fisch
Art and Cover by Igor Lima
32 pages, full color

Back in his cartoon universe, Mighty Mouse is the greatest hero in the world. But can anything prepare the Mouse of Tomorrow for life in the real world? Even with a new friend by his side, it won’t be easy to navigate a world full of humans – especially humans who don’t pop back up after they’re squashed flat! Can Mighty Mouse find a way back home…or at least a way to save the day?

Mighty Mouse was famously created by Paul Terry in 1942 as a combination of two of the most popular characters in the world, Superman and Mickey Mouse. So it should come as no surprise that the character has had plenty of staying power over the last 75 years. Whether you grew up with those old cartoons or the Ralph Bakshi revival of the 1980’s, there’s a good chance you remember him with some fondness, whenever you hear his sung catchphrase, “Here I come to save the day!”

And now the Mouse is back, in a new series from Dynamite, written by Sholly Fisch with art by Igor Lima. The first issue, out in June, features variant covers by legendary artist Neal Adams and painter/legendary fan of old stuff Alex Ross.

We haven’t seen any interiors yet, but it’s clear from these covers that this is essentially the classic version of the character, which should make for a fun all-ages book.

As for Sholly Fisch, he’s very excited:

“One of my favorite things about writing comics is getting the chance to play with characters I’ve loved all my life, and what’s not to love about Mighty Mouse? Not only is he funny, but of all the super heroes you can name, there aren’t many who dedicate themselves quite so literally to fighting for the (ahem) little guy. When I was a kid, my sister and I used to get up early to watch Mighty Mouse cartoons on TV and, in those prehistoric pre-DVR, pre-streaming days, we’d tide ourselves over between shows by listening to our Mighty Mouse record (yes, on vinyl. I said it was prehistoric.) Decades later, I fell in love with the character all over again, thanks to Ralph Bakshi’s brilliantly insane Mighty Mouse TV series. Now, I get to contribute yet another unique spin on Mighty Mouse, as we bring him rocketing out of Mouseville and into the real world… and couldn’t we all really use someone to come save the day? It’s all pretty cool, and I’m having enormous fun with the series. Hopefully, everyone else will, too! Oh, and did I mention that I can still sing the entire Mighty Mouse theme song by heart? Don’t get me started!”

Here’s the official word from Dynamite:

Terrytoons’ animated superhero Mighty Mouse has delighted fans the world over since his first appearance in 1942. Now, Dynamite Entertainment announces his triumphant return to comic books for the first time in nearly 30 years, with a series written by Sholly Fisch, illustrated by Igor Lima, and featuring variant cover artwork for the first issue by industry legends Alex Ross and Neal Adams.

Imagine that the world’s greatest hero has been exiled to another dimension — an alien world, where not even the laws of physics work the way they should. The only person who even believes the hero exists is a young kid whom no one will listen to. And yet, the hero — who just happens to be a cartoon mouse — remains the shining light that this drab, cynical world needs to restore its color and life. Here comes Mighty Mouse to save the day in his most unexpected adventure yet… right here, in the real world!

This summer, Dynamite will celebrate the character’s 75th anniversary with a brand new comic book series for a whole new generation of fans. Mighty Mouse was first conceived in 1942 as a parody of another cape and cowl hero introduced a few years earlier, and went on to star in countless animated films for the better part of the next 20 years, finding a new life on Saturday mornings in the 1960’s.

It’s certainly nothing new to have a character like Mighty Mouse existing in the human world but still operating off of their own distinct “cartoon physics.” What I like about how it’s done here is that MM himself doesn’t even consider it at first. As far as he knows, his physics are just physics, and Joey has to intervene to prevent him from super punching a purse snatcher’s head right off. Furthermore, he can hardly wrap his head around the idea of various cartoon antics being enough to kill in the human world. It’s actually pretty refreshing, given that cartoony character are most commonly portrayed as fairly self-aware of their slapstick indestructibility and that it does come from their being a cartoon.

The other big thing that works pretty well is the idea that with Mighty Mouse being in the human world, his show now continues with no one to save the citizens of Mouseville. It goes on to suggest that Mighty Mouse is actually part of a looping timeline that resets with each successive rerun of his episodes. I honestly really dig that idea, and I’m r hoping they actually do something more with it (even though I kind of doubt they will). However, there are a couple problems here too. First, they only discover that the cartoons are continuing without Mighty Mouse because they stop to watch the televisions in a store’s display window. And I have to ask, what store nowadays would be playing Mighty Mouse from a vintage cartoon specialty channel? I mean, we’ve done nothing to establish that anyone but Joey cares about the character. I know it’s minor, but it smacks of plot convenience. Plus, it actually does lead to a bigger plot hole too. If all of these TVs were also tuned to the same channel that Joey was watching, then how come Mighty Mouse ended up coming out of Joey’s TV? It would be fine if the reasoning were that, as a Mighty Mouse super fan, he was the only tuned in at the moment, but he wasn’t. So, if it wasn’t plot convenience before, it definitely is now.

As early as 2004, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies announced their intention to bring Mighty Mouse back to the motion picture screen with a CGI Mighty Mouse feature film that was tentatively scheduled to be released some time in 2013.

In April 2019, Jon and Erich Hoeber signed on to script the film for Paramount Animation while Karen Rosenfelt (Wonder Park) and Robert Cort (Terminator: Genisys) are set to produce.

Here They Come, To Save The Day: Jon & Erich Hoeber To Script ‘Mighty Mouse’ For Paramount Animation

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from co-scripting Meg, Jon & Erich Hoeber have been set to script Mighty Mouse for Paramount Animation. Karen Rosenfelt and Robert Cort are producing what will be a hybrid film about the massively muscled mouse.

The character with the catchy theme song made famous by Andy Kaufman was created by Isadore ‘Izzy’ Klein, originally the character was originally Super Fly but morphed to Super Mouse when Terrytoons boss Paul Terry got involved. Ultimately, the Superman parody became Mighty Mouse, with his yellow and orange too-tight outfit. The aerobicized rodent became a TV cartoon staple in the ’50s.

The Hoeber’s previously scripted the Red action films, and they are in post-production on STX’s My Spy, starring Dave Bautista.

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