December 25, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 25

Santa Claus Funnies

I have to imagine that the space craft Santa is flying in today's cover was part of the victory spoils the fat old man collected after he first introduced Christmas to the martians and then conquered them.

Today is Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed the Comic Calendar this year. I had fun putting it together.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 24, 2011

DC Comics holiday card

DC Comics published the artwork from their holiday card this year.

Looks like a lot of fun. Though I would have like to see Superman in there somewhere.

Christmas Comic Cover - December 24

The First Christmas - in 3D!

Can there be a better way to learn about the birth of the world's savior than by wearing cheap red and blue cellophane-lensed glasses while reading a comic book?

I don't think so.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day!

hollyMerry Christmas

December 23, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 23

Holiday Comics

It's the home stretch. Just a few more days. So no more superheroes or goofy covers. Just some good old fashioned straight up Christmas covers.

2 days until Christmas!

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December 22, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 22

Christmas With The Super-Heroes

The heroes of DC Comics are my favorite, so I feature their covers as much as possible. That this cover also hits on one this year's themes - people flying in sleighs - only make it an even stronger entry in the calendar.

3 days until Christmas

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December 21, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 21

Holiday Special '09

In 2009 DC Comics published two covers for their holiday special. Both used the idea of arranging the characters on the cover in a fashion to bring to mind a Christmas tree. Last year I featured the cover by Frank Quitely. Today's version was done by Dustin Nguyen.

I am fan of both artists, but I think Quitely did a better job.

4 days until Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 20, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 20

Comic Cavalcade #13

Wouldn't have thought it, but apparently even the office parties for the Justice League can be so dull that the random appearance of a robin is a welcome diversion from the  forced festivities inside.

5 days until Christmas.

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December 19, 2011


I know these re-posting campaigns seem a little cheesy, but that doesn't stop me from believing in and supporting the message.

Christmas Comic Cover - December 19

Fun With Santa - March of Comics #325

Has anyone ever actually named their dog Fido? Where did that dog name cliche come from?

That's what I think about when I look at this cover. 

6 days until Christmas.

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December 18, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 18

Walter Lantz New Funnies

I've never been a Woody Woodpecker fan. I find the character incredibly annoying.

But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to include another famous cartoon character in my Christmas Comic countdown, especially if the cover fit in with one of this year's themes.

7 days until Christmas

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December 17, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 17

Walt Disney's Merry Christmas

I didn't realize until I was putting this post together that I had chosen two covers featuring Donal Duck and his nephews. I imagine Donald's over-sized stocking is in retaliation for what most likely happened in the first cover I featured starring Donald.

8 days until Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 16, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 16

Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1

What better way to cleanse the palate of zombies and gun-totting Santas then with a little Ambush Bug. 

Plus, one of the cover themes is featured in today's selection: Christmas stockings

9 days until Christmas

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December 15, 2011

My Goodness

Blackhawks announcer Pay Foley's understated "my goodness" perfectly captures the general sense of awe I experienced watching Patrick Kane totally juke the Wilds' goalie out of his shorts on this shot.

My goodness.

Christmas Comic Cover - December 15

The Last Christmas #1

When I was sorting through all the covers I had gathered together for this year's Comic Advent Calendar I realized that I had grabbed two covers with a morbid take on Christmas. Decided it would be best to put them together, back to back, about halfway through the calendar. That way we don't start out with the gruesome, don't have it coming too close Christmas day, and I kept them close together so we could see them, deal with them, and then move on.

10 days until Christmas

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December 14, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 14

Zombies Christmas Carol

No pop culture meme would be complete without a Christmas interpretation. In this case, it was the fine kids at Marvel who delivered with A Christmas Carol told using zombies.

11 days until Christmas

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December 13, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 13

Veronica #191

This cover is for my daughter Emma. Over the past year she has become a big Archie Comics fan. In particular, she enjoys reading about Veronica. I think it's because of two main female characters, Betty and Veronica, Veronica is the more fashion forward. Emma considers herself a budding designer, and probably enjoys reading Veronica for inspiration.

12 days until Christmas

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December 12, 2011

Proud To Be A "Scrooge"

A couple of weeks ago I was accused of being a Scrooge by my sister because of something that I was refusing to do around Christmas. I don't remember exactly what it was that caused me to be the subject of my sister's ire, but that is hardly the point. She's always finding fault with the things I do.

No, what got me thinking was that she labeled me a "Scrooge" for supposedly acting in a fashion unbecoming during the Christmas season, and how that is a pretty common practice. Complain about the proliferation of Christmas decorations, grump about having to participate in some holiday activity, gripe about all the Christmas music on the radio, and you are labeled a Scrooge.

But why does Scrooge get such a bad rap?

Everyone is familiar with "A Christmas Carol," Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story that tells of the redemption of Ebeneezer Scrooge from a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" to a man who learns to care for his fellow man and embrace the spirit of the Christmas season.

Sure Scrooge started out the standard by which all Christmas haters could be measured. Bah humbug and all. But by the end of his evening with the three spirits of Christmas, he is a fully changed man. Scrooge has become a lover of the holiday who has learned to keep the spirit in his heart through out the year. In Dickens' own words, "it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well."

That is the story of Scrooge. How a man can come to understand what is really important in life.

So really, if you think about it, a "Scrooge" would be someone who honors and keeps the spirit of Christmas in their heart and shares that joy with everyone. We shouldn't dwell on the type of man Scrooge used to be. Better that we remember for the type of man he was able to transform himself into.

I guess my sister was really providing me with a compliment.


This is the most acrobat football catch I can remember seeing - ever.

I could make some crack about how the Bears could use a guy like this right now, but that would assume that the Bears have a quarterback who could deliver a pass like this.

For as much as I was high on Caleb Hanie in the past, after three games he does look like he's making any progress. Very disappointing.

Christmas Comic Cover - December 12

Classics Illustrated #53

Not sure if that's supposed to be Bob Cratchit or Ebeneezer Scrooge carrying Tiny Tim. The rendering makes it a little hard to tell. Either way, it wouldn't be Christmas without a viewing or reading of Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story.

13 days until Christmas

hollyMerry Christmas

December 11, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 11

Christmas with Mother Goose

Unlike the dubious claims behind the creator of yesterday's cover art, today's cover clearly is by who you would think it is. Not only does Walt Kelly sign it, but the artwork reflects what his work typically looks like.

14 days until Christmas

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December 10, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 10

Spaceman Discovers Christmas

This cover to Spaceman Discovers Christmas from 1958 was supposedly drawn by comic legend Wil Eisner. Personally I don't see it. This cover hardly looks like it came from the same artist who wowed us with his work on The Spirit.

Regardless, I like to think the story behind this cover served as a prequel to this movie.

15 days until Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 09, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 9

Famous Funnies #113
Even Santa hasn't escaped the hardships of the bad economy. Apparently he has taken to pinching metal from the houses he visits on Christmas Eve to resell as scrap.

16 days until Christmas

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December 08, 2011

RIP: Jerry Robinson

I just read that comic artist Jerry Robinson died in his sleep last night.

Robinson was responsible for many of the visuals for the early Batman comics. Bob Kane may have had the ideas and took most (okay, all) of the credit for a long time, but it was Jerry Robinson and writer Bill Finger who really gave the character his shape and dimension in those early years.

Robinson co-created Robin and created the Joker. Not sure where the Batman mythos would be today without those characters and their distinctive looks.

What I didn't know about Robinson until I started reading the reports of his passing was the work he did to spearhead comic creator rights or his involvement in helping free jailed cartoonists in foreign country.

The comic industry has lost a creative and impassioned leader.

The DC Comics blog has posted a short memorial about Robinson's passing the includes a number of covers from the Batman comics he worked on. Head on over to enjoy just a taste of the influential work this artist produced.

Christmas Comic Cover - December 8

Super Star Holiday Special #1

I really wish that DC Comics would reprint these old holiday specials that they published back in the 1970's and 1980's. They look like they were an absolute riot. I'd love to read them.

17 days until Christmas.

hollyMerry Christmas

December 07, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 7

Archie Giant #169

Maybe it's my cynical and twisted mind, but when I see a guy dressed like Santa talking about the "true spirit of Christmas" surrounded by a bunch of wide-eyed, free-love, striped-pants-wearing hippie types, I have to think that pretty soon they are all are going to be smoking the flowers Santa is holding and playing a game of "naughty girl, good boy."

18 days until Christmas

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December 06, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 6

Dennis The Menace #147

Foregoing a traditional turkey or ham, Mr. Wilson decides to try fire-roasted children for his Christmas dinner.

19 days until Christmas.

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December 05, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 5

Walt Disney's Christmas Parade

For the longest time I wondered why Donald Duck was always so angry. Then it occurred to me. With nephews like those constantly causing trouble, I would be in a perpetual state of aggravation.

20 days until Christmas

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December 04, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 4

Marvel Holiday Special

It's my only Marvel comic in the calendar this year. Two of Marvel's most recognizable heroes trying to bring a little holiday merriment to the Marvel Universe.

21 days until Christmas
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December 03, 2011

Christmas Comic Cover - December 3

Scrooge and Santa

Scrooge and Santa is a Christmas all-ages comic that was published last year. You can check out some preview pages on website for the book.

22 Days until Christmas.

 Merry Christmas!