Archive for the ‘Holiday Specials’ Category

Posted Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 by Barry

The Simpsons Winer Wingding (2007) 2

February is almost over, but winter drags on. This second helping of winter whimsy features one Christmas story with the remainder of the book focusing on seasonal activities and other notable days.

The Simpsons Winer Wingding (2007) 2

Not a Groundhog Day clone, The Christmas That Lasted Forever, is a nightmare lived over and live.

Chuck Dixon hired out his talent for the opening salvo in the second winter special.

Bart makes a simple wish that every day would be Christmas. Rather than relive the day over and over, every following day is Christmas.      Industry halts and life entropies.

Otto’s Gnarly Snowbaorder’s Glossary for When You Need to Comp a Boarder’s Lingo is a two page, well, what the title says.

Brave Bart does not mean a smart Bart. His courage outweighed his cranium as he takes on the neighborhood bullies in a snowball fight.

Bart stumbles into a sledding contest that leaves he and Ralph struggling for survival in Junior Camper Snow Sled Jamboree.

That’s so glavin! is a New Year’s resolution turned bad. Fortunately, Lisa is able to save the day.

The middle Simpson child is the focus of the last story as well as Lisa attempts to find her secret admirer in VSI (Valentine Scene Investigators).

This is the story we’re looking at as we lead into the second month and second holiday of the year with Valentine’s Day. This is a head’s up to give you time to find that perfect gift for that perfect person.

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 Monday, December 21st, 2020 by Barry

A Merry-Marvel Season’s Greetings to One and All!

A seasonal greeting from the Marvel Universe.

They didn’t realize it at the time, but 1975 was a big year for Marvel. It was the year they would launch Giant-Size X-Men number one in May. If you don’t know what that is, please leave. Just go.

In July, Chris Claremont would take over writing chores on the X-Men. He would remain the head scribe and mutant curator for the next 17 years.

February 20 would prove to be a sad day for the Marvel faithful with the passing of Artie Simek. Born Jan. 6, 1916, the calligrapher would best be known for his lettering during the Silver Age of comics and birth of the Marvel Age. He was also responsible for helping design many of the logos.

The first Mighty Marvel Con was held March 22 through 24 at the Hotel Commodore in New York, NY.

New releases that year included The Defenders, Doc Savage: Man of Bronze, The Inhumans, The Invaders, Kull and the Barbarians, Marvel Feature, Marvel Presents, Marvel Preview, Masters of Terror, Skull the Slayer, Super-Villain Team-Up and Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction.

The tabloid-size pin-up is courtesy of Rich Buckler and John Romita and can be found on the backside of Marvel Treasury Edition 8. This is the second of the holiday trinity offered by Marvel.

A Merry-Marvel Season’s Greetings to One and All!

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 Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 by Barry

Generation X Holiday Special (1998) 1

Yes, Jubilee, there is a Santa Claus was a welcome intrusion on over-baked storylines like the Clone Saga and other money-grabbing crossovers of the time.

Joseph Harris and Adam Pollina remember how the secular season can be with long waits on Christmas Eve in the mall and crowds. Toss in Nanny and The Orphan Maker and it’s a mutant Marvel U Christmas.

The obligatory fight scene is a slight of hand allowing young mutant Matthew to kidnap Santa. Tired of being bullied, he attempts to keep the big man from his rounds so his tormentors will wake to a bare tree come Christmas morning.

Generation X was conceived in 1994, a spin-off from the X-Men. The teen muties were designed to speak to a new audience. They stopped talking in issue 75 when the book was cancelled.

The team was rebooted in 2017.

Generation X Holiday Special (1998) 1

Posted Saturday, June 20th, 2020 by Barry

Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular (1990) 1

Now that all the 20s have lined up – June 20, 2020 – let’s celebrate the end of another winter and the advent of good weather:  the first day of Summer. Last year we had Franklin Richards kick start the summer months. This year we’re calling upon the Impossible Man.

For those unfamiliar with the green and purple Stan Lee/Jack Kirby creation, Impossible Man is, essentially, Marvel’s Mr. Mxyzptlk. Impossible Man first appeared in Fantastic Four issue 11. He would continue to conjure himself back on Earth primarily a foil for the FF. He eventually branched over to bother Spider-Woman, the X-Men, Excalibur, Avengers and Silver Surfer throughout the ensuing years.

By 1990 he was poised for his own special. Possibly the one promised by Stan way back in Fantastic Four 176. This was the time when Impossible Man invaded Marvel Comics offices. He refused to leave until Stan promised to print a special for him alone. If you have yet to read the book, stop, go find a copy and enjoy.

Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular (1990) 1

Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular (1990) 1

The Impossibles – no relation – decide it’s time to vacation. With the family. All however many of ‘em there are.

Anyway, the self-proclaimed summer spectacular is a series of vignettes following an ‘Improlog.’

First up is ‘How Green was my Villain?’ involving Impossible Man taking the guise of a carousal of Spider-Man baddies. Most already sporting the green and purple motif.

‘Girls Don’t Wanna Have Fun!’ features Madcap and Quasar.

Dr. Strange outlasts Impy in ‘Impossible but Strange.’

She-Hulk and Janet VanDyne, aka the Wasp, are beleaguered by Impossible Woman who destroys VanDyne’s fashion show.

‘A Night to Remember’ features the Punisher who is none too amused by Impossible Man’s antics.

Dr. Doom has the last laugh when he sends the Impossible kids packing to Dizzyworld.

Yes, you read that right:  Dizzyworld.

Remember, this was before Disney’s $4 billion Marvel buy out in April 2018.

This is 1990. And, scribe Peter David is having his way with Mickey and company. If you’re gonna pick this issue up, do it for this story alone. David is brilliant with his cracks at the mouse-eared empire. Gotta love a pants-less Howard the Duck in the background thumbing his beak at the legal decree he wear pants lest he resemble a certain Disney mallard.

The issue finally settles down as the Impossibles – again, no relation – make their next stop on the Skrull world to continue their vacation. At present, there has been no follow up.

Posted Thursday, December 26th, 2019 by Barry

Jingle Belle: The Homemades’ Tale

A piece of Jingle Belle’s past seeks revenge in the 2018 installment of Paul Dini’s Christmas-time creation.

The day after Christmas dawns like a hangover for some. Those handmade gifts discarded as unwanted find their way in with ripped paper and bows never to be seen again. Though crafted with love and patience, they are cast away in favor of bright and shiny creations bearing foreign trademarks.

Jingle finds she isn’t the only one who has presents of Christmas past return. Homemade gifts find a home with Little Jingle who raises an army of renegade toys. Her intention is nothing less than subjugation of Santa’s work shop and empire.

Another holiday romp with the dysfunctional Claus family at the busiest time of year.

Jingle Belle: The Homemades’ Tale

Posted Thursday, November 28th, 2019 by Barry

Super Hero Adventures (2018) 1

Super Hero Adventures (2018) 1

Super Hero Adventures (2018) 1

Beyond the cover and the second story’s title, there’s no real Thanksgiving material to be found.

“Slice of Life” is the opening tale. Ghost Spider just wants some pie. Pure and simple. So does Venom. The difference is only one of the two have money to buy said pie.

In what appears to be the only pie shop in New York, or at least the most popular one, Ghost and Venom cross paths. A short battle later, Ghost Spider finds crime does pay; at least for the victor.

The two stories are interrupted by a swipe at the Sunday funnies. Page 12 offers a spread as it would appear in the Daily Bugle.

Next up is “Thankful.” Spoiler:  Loki is the guest villain.

Thor can’t find his hammer. Spidey happens to be nearby and the two team to search. The little Lord of Mischief proves to be the culprit. Spider-Man tricks the trickster and everyone goes off happily ever after – except for Spidey who can’t find his fries.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, sharing it with family and friends.