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NO. 786
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RF CHAPTER FIVE of TEN
Stanley "Mouse" Miller

Stanley Miller was born in California on October 10, 1940. His father was an animator with Disney Studios. A shy young lad, Stanley loved drawing sketches of monster-driven muscle cars. Stanley got the nickname MOUSE in elementary school because he was the son of a Disney animator, and he signed his drawings with a little cartoon mouse. When he was a kid, Mouse's parents supported his art by driving him to car shows and state fairs, where he sold illustrated T-shirts.

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BELOW: A monster shirt hand-painted (and signed) by MOUSE.
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Sometimes (possibly at the request of clients), Mouse did T-shirt art that imitated decals designed by Don "Monte" Monteverde. We covered Monte and his work in the previous isssue ofthis series, DIAL B #00.
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ABOVE: MOUSE Catalog #5, 1958.

BELOW: Ad for MOUSE Studios, Dearborn, Michigan.
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Monster shirts by MOUSE were also available through mail order ads placed in hot rod magazines. The "salesmen" in these ads was a pot-bellied, fang-toothed character MOUSE invented in 1961 named Fred Flypogger.
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Sometimes, MOUSE used a giant rat-like character to sell his shirts.
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This advertisement for Monogram's series of models based on MOUSE characters is familiar to every comic fan of the time!
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Two more classic MOUSE comic book ads...
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Here's what the models looked like, featuring box art by MOUSE!
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Fred Flypogger as SUPER FUZZ!
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Fred Flypogger as FLIP OUT!
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Fred Flypogger as SPEED SHIFT!
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Close-up of the mini MOUSE included with these model kits!
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"Mouse Equipped" by MOUSE, 1963.
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ABOVE: Mouse as seen in LOOK Magazine, 1967.


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As the Sixties progressed, Mouse grew his hair out and became a psychadelic poster designer for rock bands, notably the Grateful Dead. Together with Alton Kelley (pictured above with Mouse), Mouse designed the iconic Skull and Roses poster.
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Stanley Miller and Alton Kelley also created the immortal ZigZag rolling papers package!
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MOUSE CAUGHT ON FILM!
Stanley "Mouse" Miller is still alive, well, and drawing! Click play below to see a brief, nine-second video of him painting a recreation of his iconic Grateful Dead image at "Fantastic Hullabaloo New Orleans," in 2010.

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RF CHAPTER SIX
The WEIRD-Ohs!
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