DC opened the new millennium with a gift-wrapped Christmas trade in both cover and manner. Readers traverse holidays from the Golden to Modern Age of comic books in 160 pages.
As diverse as the stories, the characters chosen for the Tanenbaum tome are even more so. From the old west with Bat Lash to World War I Enemy Ace to wayward West waif Impulse back from the future.
Story wise are Frank Miller’s first take on the Dark Knight, “Santa Claus – Dead or Alive!”
Flash stars in the first of two “Present Tense” stories.
“The Story of the Fir Balsam” is a Golden Age story from Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1941) issue 14 involving Nazi spies.
Superman shines in “The Gift.”
One holiday tale that always pops up is “A Swingin’ Christmas Carol” featuring The Teen Titans. The original Teen Titans. Complete with hip and mod slang for the times. Those times were the 1960s; 1966 to be exact.
Darkseid appears in the second “Present Tense” story, guest starring Santa.
Captain Marvel Adventures (1941) issue 69 is been reprinted featuring “Billy Batson’s Xmas!”
“Alone for the Holidays” proves Robin will always have family.
The Legion of Super Heroes star in “Star Light, Star Bright…Farthest Star I see Tonight!”
“The Present” teams Green Lantern and Green Arrow again.
“Night Prowler!” is from House of Mystery (1951) 191.
“The Harley and the Ivy” is a lush retelling from The Batman Adventures Holiday Special.
Sandman and Sandy take readers back to the Golden Age of comic books again with “Santa Fronts for the Mob.” The story originally appeared in Adventure Comics (1938) issue 32.
“An Eye for Detail” showcases old west dandy Bat Lash.
Enemy Ace takes a break from the hell of war in “Silent Night.”
Impulse plays Santa’s helper in “No, Bart, This is No Santa Claus.”
Finally, Superman closes out the book with what could possibly be DC’s first super-powered driven Christmas story in “Superman’s Christmas Adventure” from 1940.