Have a Merry Comics Christmas!

Vintage Santa Comics

Every year at Christmas time I pull out my box of Christmas-themed comics and decorate my large spinner-rack with holiday themed comics just to give a bit of seasonal flair to the room.  4 sides on the rack, so I do 1 side in DC, and 1 and a half in each of Indies & Marvels.  Since I have WAY more comics than can be displayed on the rack I make choices each year, so it’s always a little different, but there are favorites that make return appearances time after time.

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I have many more Marvel Christmas themed comics, but the DC books have covers that represent the holiday better, in my opinion.  Here are some details:

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Christmas with the Super-Heroes by John Byrne (in the lower left corner above) is probably my favorite cover, but the other 3 in this picture aren’t too shabby.

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For classic covers, there’s no beating the Nick Cardy Teen Titans cover.  For quality of stories, my all-time favorite is the  Super Star Holiday Special from 1980 (aka DC Special Series #21) on the center right.  This has the Batman story “Wanted: Santa Claus — Dead or Alive!” by Denny O’Neil with art by Frank Miller & Steve Mitchell as well as a Jonah Hex, Sgt. Rock, and House of Mystery tale with Cain & Abel.  It also has a Superboy & the Legion of Super-Heroes story by Paul Levitz with art by the fabulous team of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez & Dick Giordano that ends with this wonderful page:

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Moving to Marvel, we get:

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A lot of great Marvel Holiday specials, a great cover with Blade squaring off with a vampire Santa, and these great holiday-themed Green/Red Hulk covers:

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And finally the Indie books.

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Some of my favorites here are Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle with covers by the likes of Frank Cho & Greg Horn.

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There’s nothing like picking a comic off the rack, sitting back and reading some of these stories to help stir up the holiday spirit in me.  If you ever get a chance to check some of these comics out.

Bob Bretall: bob@comicspectrum.com
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One Response to Have a Merry Comics Christmas!

  1. dcinthe80s says:

    Reblogged this on DC in the 80s and commented:
    Comicspectrum.com reviews it’s favorite Christmas comics of all time. Of course, a few DC comics from the 80s make the list…

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