Mighty Mouse
Mighty Mouse is an animated superhero
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A mouse is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse . It is also a popular pet. In some places, certain kinds of field mice are also common. This rodent is eaten by large birds such as hawks and eagles...

 character created by the Terrytoons
Terrytoons was an animation studio founded by Paul Terry. The studio, located in suburban New Rochelle, New York, operated from 1929 to 1968. Its most popular characters included Mighty Mouse, Gandy Goose, Sourpuss, Dinky Duck, Deputy Dawg, Luno and Heckle and Jeckle; these cartoons and all of its...

 studio for 20th Century Fox
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The character was created by story man Izzy Klein as a super-powered housefly
The housefly , Musca domestica, is a fly of the suborder Cyclorrhapha...

 named Superfly
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. Studio head Paul Terry
Paul Terry (cartoonist)
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 changed the character into a cartoon
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 mouse instead. Originally created as a parody
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 of Superman
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, he first appeared in 1942 in a theatrical animated short titled The Mouse of Tomorrow. The original name of the character was Super Mouse, but after 7 cartoons produced in 1942-1943, it was changed in the 1944 cartoon 'The Wreck of the Hesperus' to Mighty Mouse when Paul Terry learned that another character with the same name was being published in comic books.

' Here I come to save the day!

Don't worry, Pearl! I'll be right there!

Pearl: Do you have the feeling we're being watched?Mighty Mouse: Oh, tut-tut, Pearl. It's just your imagination! (pictures creep them out) Then again, I could be wrong!

I think we just discovered Harry's secret lair.

Mighty Mouse: Wow, Pearl! You never affected me like that!Pearl: Let's just catch Harry, okay?!

A large gear! The Domesday Device must be close by!

Mighty Mouse: Ah, this is the life. I hope no ants come along and spoil it! (ants come to picnic and leave Pearl's ship) I knew the one thing they couldn't resist was a picnic. By the way, where is the ship?Pearl: I'm standing on it. Don't worry, Mighty Mouse. We always carry a spare!