Hokey Comic Book Holiday Stories

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There have been quite a few, though I'm totally blanking on them now.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 5 December 2014 03:14 (nine years ago) link


(This actually a total classic, by Carl Barks.)

Tuomas, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 09:44 (nine years ago) link

^^not actually a total classic

soref, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 09:53 (nine years ago) link

there's the utterly inessential 'wanted: santa claus - dead or alive!' by denny o'neil and frank miller, which features a guy dressed as santa being brutally murdered:


and batman weaponising an xmas tree:


i first read this story in 'the complete frank miller batman', a beautiful leather-bound volume i got for my birthday when i was nine, in which the story was sandwiched between year one and the dark knight returns. the tonal shift was jarring, to say the least.

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 10:27 (nine years ago) link

Found this in the Kirby book I just bought, thanks to a recommendation in another ILC thread...


Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:55 (nine years ago) link

I would guess there has been at least one comic book cover featuring Judge Dredd arresting Father Christmas every year since the early 80s


there was even a collection of xmas themed 2000ad stuff:


soref, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 19:08 (nine years ago) link

This was one of my very favourite treasures when I was a kid:


sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 20:48 (nine years ago) link

For a second I thought that Donald Duck comic said "a Christmas smackdown"

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 21:01 (nine years ago) link

"Christmas in Smacktown" was the 70s update

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 21:04 (nine years ago) link


Duane Barry, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 23:30 (nine years ago) link


RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:51 (nine years ago) link

I was trying to find a Trencher X-mas cover but couldn't

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:52 (nine years ago) link

I have that Ambush Bug annual it's great

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 18:08 (nine years ago) link


Eine Feine (soref), Thursday, 11 December 2014 03:05 (nine years ago) link


Doctor Casino, Friday, 12 December 2014 00:33 (nine years ago) link


fuckin' Lobo.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 12 December 2014 02:03 (nine years ago) link



RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 12 December 2014 02:05 (nine years ago) link

All those Playboy gag panels, every December: a Santa sleeping with someone's wife, or a blonde sitting on Santa's lap and her tits are out for no logical reason, or a pun on "comes once a year."

pilate is my cogod (Crabbits), Friday, 12 December 2014 02:10 (nine years ago) link

I guess that's not in line of the thread idea but it's what I think of when I think "Christmastime cartooning"

pilate is my cogod (Crabbits), Friday, 12 December 2014 02:12 (nine years ago) link

Oh man... Code-era mystery and "horror" variety comics were really formative to me. Ubiquitous in the kind of garage-stale stashes my mom would find, and packed out with, like, renditions of classical mythology hosted by genial cryptkeepers. So great that they would also celebrate Christmas.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 12 December 2014 06:09 (nine years ago) link

There was a Christmas issue of Eerie or Creepy that had some amazing stuff in it that has stayed with me for 30+ years... a Corben color story about an insane minister who somehow knew one Christmas night that the antichrist was going to be born, so he's going around to hospitals knifing newborns...and the henpecked husband who makes friends with Santa by throwing out the milk and cookies his wife has left out and replacing it with whiskey. "What do you want for Christmas, Bob?" "I wish I had more guts...I wish I had my wife's guts!"

WilliamC, Friday, 12 December 2014 13:11 (nine years ago) link

The two Corben Creepy/Eerie Christmas stories that really stuck with me were the ones about the cruel orphanage and the murderer who dresses as Santa Claus. Both were really sad.

Something I find interesting about 70s horror comics is how sentimental they often were. Sometimes it worked in a really heartfelt way that was memorable, other times it went overboard.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 12 December 2014 13:40 (nine years ago) link

weird I had no idea "Destiny" predated Gaiman's Sandman as a DC character

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 December 2014 17:09 (nine years ago) link


I was trying to remember what titles he hosted but I was wrong.

I liked the Charlton hosts way better (Winnie The Witch, Impy, Dr Graves, Mr Bones, Mr L Dedd and a few others), along with Uncle Creepy, Cousin Eerie and the EC hosts. I really love horror hosts. Dr Haunt and Dr Death were awesome too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 12 December 2014 17:25 (nine years ago) link

Awesome. The little insert of singing heads would make a great Shrinky-Dink or puffy sticker.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 13 December 2014 13:37 (nine years ago) link

I remember a late 70s Justice League Christmas story where John Stewart was the Green Lantern because Hal Jordan slipped on soap on the shower. I'm pretty sure that's a real memory.

like working at a jewelry store and not knowing about bracelets (Dr. Superman), Saturday, 13 December 2014 16:54 (nine years ago) link

hal jordan is such a fucking dweeb

bizarro gazzara, Saturday, 13 December 2014 20:57 (nine years ago) link

It's not even a yellow bar of soap!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:35 (nine years ago) link

I'm surprised Geoff Johns hasn't done a revisionist retelling of this incident in a 6-part miniseries explaining the soap represents Lather on the Emotional Spectrum.

like working at a jewelry store and not knowing about bracelets (Dr. Superman), Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:55 (nine years ago) link

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