Tom and Jerry comic books started being printed by Dell in 1942 under the name "Our Gang Comics" until November 1947. Then Dell changed the name of the series to "Our Gang with Tom and Jerry" until November 1947 until it became clear that the only members of "Our Gang" that anyone cared about were Tom and Jerry. Therefore, in July 1949 Dell changed the name of the series again, this time to "Tom and Jerry Comics".
Tom and Jerry is a series of theatrical animated cartoon films created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, centering on a rivalry between a cat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry) whose chases include slapstick comedy. Hanna and Barbera ultimately wrote, produced and directed 114 Tom and Jerry shorts at MGM cartoon studios in Hollywood from 1940 to 1957. The original series is notable for having won seven Academy Awards, tying with Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies as the theatrical animated series with the most Oscars. A longtime television staple, Tom and Jerry has a worldwide audience and has been recognized as one of the most famous and longest-lived rivalries in American cinema.