Supermouse, by Milt Stein
From Supermouse #4

Milton Stein was an animator and comic book artist from New York. He was affiliated with Terrytoons from 1941 to 1943, and was as an assistant animator for the Fleischer Studios later on. He was also a funny animal artist for several comic book companies up until the mid-1950s. He did his early work for Vince Fago at Timely Comics, which included features like 'Silly Seal', 'Ziggy Pig' and 'Wally Wolf'.

Daffy by Milton Stein
Daffy, from Smash Comics #57

He drew many features for the Better Publications line of Standard Comics, most notably 'Supermouse'. Other artists that worked with the character were Al Hubbard, Jack Bradbury and Gene Fawcette, but Stein gave his stories the most ambiance. His other credits include 'Bonny Bunny', 'Coo Coo', 'Goofy Comics', 'Phineas the Parrot' and 'Tommy Turtle'.

Supermouse by Milt Stein

He also did a lot of work for Quality Comics, such as 'Flatfoot Burns', 'Poison Ivy' and 'Inkie'. Other companies he worked for were Victory Comics ('Jing Pals'), Trojan Comics ('Jingle Dingle'), Fawcett ('Snortville Sneeze'), ACG ('Buddy Bear', 'Pat the Potato Bug') and Ace Periodicals ('Marmaduke Monk'). In the 1960s he returned to animation, working on 'Batfink' for Hal Seeger and 'Return to Oz' for Rankin-Bass. His animation background reflects in his comic book art, but he was also inspired by artists like George Herriman, Cliff Sterrett and Harvey Eisenberg. Suffering from bad health, Milt Stein commited suicide in 1977.

cover by Milt SteinCoo Coo Comics

Milt Stein on Pappy's Golden Age blog

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