Archive for the ‘Christmas Covers’ Category

Posted Thursday, April 1st, 2021 by Barry

Witching Hour (1969) 28

Witching Hour 28 hits two holidays with Never Kill Santa Claus and the following April Ghoul’s Day.

Witching Hour 28

Witching Hour 28

Christmas is never shy of publicity, but April 1st often times is overlooked. That in mind, let’s focus on the day of foolishness as associated with Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, more specifically, Nun’s Priest’s Tale.

April Ghoul’s Day finds a practical joker in a hole he can’t dig himself out of by story’s end. A simple O’Henry told in less than three pages.

Never Kill Santa Claus, as related by Witch Cynthia, is the cover story.

Greed is the motivator that causes a very naughty man to murder Santa. The dead man’s doppelganger leaves more than coal in his stocking as his deadly deed comes undone.

Kill Me Lest You Die! and Unlucky Omen are the two non-holiday stories.

The Witching Hour ran 85 issues then merged with The Unexpected in 1978 during DC’s Implosion. The double-sized dollar book featured Mordred, Mildred and Cynthia as caretakers in their respective section of the book.

Not one of DC’s big anthology-horror books, Witching Hour saw publication for over 10 years.

April Fools Day was popularized in the 1700’s, but it’s origins are unknown.

Posted Thursday, December 24th, 2020 by Barry

Animaniacs Special Christmas Issue (1994) 1

Aunt Slappy mangles Clement C. Moore’s classic trying to put Skippy to sleep on Christmas Eve in Twas the Day Before Christmas.

Animaniacs Special Christmas Issue (1994) 1

All the Warner Bros. gang are on hand for cameos as Yakko, Wakko and Dot wait on their holiday bounty. The question being, who would be stupid enough to deliver?

Ralph the guard.

If ignorance is bliss, Santa Ralph is the happiest man alive. The presents arrive and all are pleased. Another Christmas Eve completed, the calendar page discarded leaving all fulfilled.

Next up is a one-page Good Idea/Bad Idea.

The Taming of the Screwy is a backstory on the Warner Bros. and Dot, who must be reined in for a dinner party. The impossible cannot be done and the trio of terrors do their worst to their guest’s delight.

The Animaniacs began at Fox before moving to The WB in 1995. The series would continue until 1998 airing 99 episodes.

Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 by Barry

Sergio Aragones funnies (2011) 6

One of the early Madmen, Sergio Aragones brought readers a festive cover for the sixth installment of funnies.

The only holiday humor offered is a one-page look at Christmas tree farming, a one-page match up and the back cover shattering the Santa Claus myth.

Aragones arrived in the United States in 1962. His first professional job was with Mad Magazine beginning in 1963. When the magazine published its 500th edition, Aragones had been featured in 424 issues.

In 1967, the talented transplant began work for DC Comics. He is best known for his creation Groo, The Wanderer.

Sergio Aragones funnies ran from 2011 to 2014 in Bongo Comics. The anthology series featured his famous one-and-done pages as well as stories and tall tales from his childhood.

For more information on Aragones, visit The Official Website of Sergio Aragones cartoonist.

Sergio Aragones Funnies #6

Sergio Aragones Funnies #6

Posted Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 by Barry

Sugar and Spike (1959) 26

Sugar and Spike split their annual Christmas issue with holiday and seasonal stories.

Sugar and Spike (1959) 26

Sugar and Spike (1959) 26

First up is The Out-Cast. Sugar hides at Spike’s house to escape her mother’s wrath.

Attic Excursion is a one-page tale with the two celebrating the New Year a little early.

Paper dolls were offered as added value. Two pages of Sugar and Spike with a holiday flavor.

The holiday finally arrives when Sugar and Spike are confused by the different Santa’s they see while shopping with her mothers. Their theory is there’s only one who runs from spot to spot.

When they ditch their mothers, the two try to discover The Mystery of the Man inna Funny Red Suit.

The holidays continue in The Big Gift Mystery. Sugar and Spike’s parents try to make the two comprehend the custom of gift exchanging. After much misunderstanding, the two groups find the joy in giving.

Not so much a New Year’s resolution, Sugar turns over a new leaf in The New Sugar.

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2020 by Barry

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (2013)

Michelangelo tackles the elements for a quiet walk in the snow prior to Christmas.

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (2013)

Michelangelo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (2013)

Along the way he finds the joys of sledding. That leads to another find; a new friend. Tucking his mewing playmate into his jacket, Michelangelo continues his walk.

The winter air does little to cool his spirts as his feet take him downtown. Crowds hustle and bustle in the final days before the 25th.

A toy store beckons and the duo find themselves enjoying playtime.

While there, he learns the toy for Eastman and Laird’s universe are the Little Orphan Aliens. He also stumbles across a gang of thieves who hijack a truckload of the hot item earmarked for the orphan’s home.

One high-speed chase, cum Indiana Jones truck jacking, later, Michelangelo and remaining heroes in a half shell find themselves playing Santa as they deliver the toys.

Merry Christmas from the Turtles.

Posted Friday, December 18th, 2020 by Barry

The Simpson’s Winter Wingding (2006) 1

Santa is ready to cut Springfield from his annual route, but a lone letter changes the big man’s mind in Springfield’s Letters.

The Simpson’s Winter Wingding (2006) 1

The Simpson’s Winter Wingding (2006) 1

Leaving the worst for last, Santa rummages through the missives asking for things the recipients don’t deserve. The more he reads, the more St. Nick finds the town reprehensible enough to exclude from his travels.

That is, until he stumbles across a letter recalling the past.

Angry Dad is a return to the Tracy Ullman days.

Bart is suddenly overcome with the Christmas spirt when he learns carolers receive cookies and cider for their efforts. Three trips to Flanders and the bullies are looking for a cut of the action.

Using a new prank, Bart turns the tables on the tormentors in Hot Cider in the City.

Homer keeps his promise to Marge in Homer’s New Year’s Resolutions. It’s just not what she envisioned.

Itchy & Scratchy make an appearance in The Gift that Keeps on Giving one-page short.

Krusty bears his soul in Happy Hanukkah. It’s 1963 in Las Vegas and the clown has yet to make it big. He does find himself in love, but shopping for his new beau is trickier than thought.

Springfield’s finest crack the case of the missing snowman in Snow Falling on Cheaters.

The Winter Wingding specials continued till 2015 offering holiday features to the Simpson faithful.

Posted Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 by Barry

Ice Age Past, Presents and Future! (2012)

Sid saves Christmas – again.

The muddling sloth returns to help Santa Claus deliver Christmas. The problem is, well, Sid. For a second year he saves what he almost destroys after meddling with a device to show people their past, present and future selves.

No evidence of Manny or Diego this time around, but Scrat does offer a sideshow.

The 20th Century Fox franchise began in 2002 as a single, animated film set in the Paleolithic Age. It was followed by Ice Age: The Meltdown; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Ice Age: Continental Drift; and Ice Age: Collision Course. Together, the franchise has made over $3.2 billion worldwide. That makes Ice Age the third highest grossing animated franchise behind Despicable Me and Shrek.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas first aired on television Nov. 24, 2011 on Fox.

Ice Age: Past, Presents and Future! was penned by Caleb Monroe and illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb.

Ice Age Past, Presents and Future! (2012)

Posted Saturday, December 12th, 2020 by Barry

Super-Sized ALF Holiday Special (1989) 2

Star Comics published the second, and final, ALF Holiday special in 1989.

Super-Sized ALF Holiday Special (1989) 2

Super-Sized ALF Holiday Special (1989) 2

The follow up continued the format of the previous year with a few Christmas stories before finishing with a New Year’s tale.

In Don’t Toy With Me!, ALF saves a soul from turning Christmas sour for himself and the Tanners.

Crazy Critter returns in The Last Crusade. ALF suits up for another adventure on the sidelines. That leads to the ice as the youngest Tanner’s hockey team needs a boost.

Taking a break from the holiday fare, ALF gives a skewed history lesson in Marx My Words.

Have Yourself a Melly Little Christmas is ALF dreaming of a way to help Santa keep his Christmas schedule.

Next up, ALF departs from the holidays to put a Melmacian spin on the X-Men.

For Goodness Snakes turns the Tanner household upside down as ALF attempts carryout a Melmac tradition.

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2020 by Barry

Super-Size ALF Holiday Special (1988) 1

Marvel’s Star Comics imprint picked up the license for ALF in 1987. The series ran 50 issues with several specials, including two focused on Christmas.

Super-Size ALF Holiday Special (1988) 1

Super-Size ALF Holiday Special (1988) 1

Super-Size ALF number one begins with Shop Around the Clock. Kate takes ALF on his first Christmas shopping trip.

Snoman is an Island! follows. Not everyone is dreaming of a white Christmas, but the doesn’t stop ALF from helping Mother Nature.

The Return of Crazy Critter! has ALF back on the sidelines in a sequel to issue six.

The Gift of the Melmagi (with apologies to O. Henry) tells a Melmacian tale of giving.

Wotif the 12 Days of Christmas Happened on Melmac? Another Earth custom that doesn’t translate well.

ALF does his Lassie impersonation in 23 Ski-Doe’s and Don’ts! The Tanners are buried in an avalanche with only ALF of save them.

Finally, the Tanners say goodbye to 1988 in ALF Lang Syne.

ALF was a television sensation from 1986 to 1990. Of the 99-regular episodes, ALF featured an on-air Christmas Special, as well.

The series peaked in season two with its highest ratings. ALF would remain popular enough settled in at the number 15 spot in the Nielsen’s for season three, but dropped significantly by season four. NBC declined to renew the show for a fifth season.

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 by Barry

Sensational She-Hulk (1989) 8

John Byrne brought life to Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk after her original series, 1977 to 1982, was cancelled.

The Hulk’s cousin knocked around in various team books until Byrne wrote and drew Marvel Graphic Novel number 18: The Sensational She-Hulk in 1985. It took a few years, but her second solo-series appeared on newsstands in 1989, again, under the watchful eye of Byrne.

Sensational She-Hulk (1989) 8

Sensational She-Hulk (1989) 8

The talented writer/artist guided her through the first eight issues before being let go by Marvel. He returned and continued to both write and draw the book beginning in issue 31 to 46. Taking a break for issue 47, he returned for issues 48 through 50 before departing the title for good.

In this, the end of Byrne’s first run, Santa Claus makes a guest appearance, though his true identity was not revealed until his profile was released in Marvel Holiday Special 2006.

Titled The World’s Greatest Detective, Jennifer teams with Nick St. Christopher as she attempts to prosecute a serial killer. Realizing the evidence is circumstantial at best, she and Christopher attempt to find proof enough to convict the felon.

Christopher uses several unorthodox methods as they travel half way around the world seeking evidence.

Readers are kept guessing as to who the mysterious Christopher really is during the story. They are given enough circumstantial evidence of their own to make supposition, but his true identity is not revealed in this issue.

Sensational She-Hulk is satirical at life both in and out of the Marvel U. The flavor of the character would be preserved in future representations and series.

Jennifer would have a “special holiday issue in Sensational She-Hulk 36, Plastic Snow and Mistletoe.