Late Late Nite FDL: The Mouse of Tomorrow
The Mouse of Tomorrow, starring Mighty Mouse.
The very first Mighty Mouse (here called Super Mouse) cartoon.
Created by I. (Izzy) Klein in the spring of 1940, this character was originally designed as a fly. Paul Terry liked the concept, and green-lighted the project after changing the fly to a mouse called, "Super Mouse."
After two years on the screen, the Super Mouse name was changed to Mighty Mouse. Some reports are that the threat of a lawsuit from DC Comics was behind this name change. Others insist that Terry did not want to compete against a character of the same name that an ex-TerryToons employee drew for Coo Coo Comics.
In any case, in 1944, the character’s name was changed, and the Super Mouse cartoons were retitled to the new name.
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