So Sayeth the Odinson: Christmas Comics

Merry Christmas from the Odinson,

Time to roast the chestnuts, spend time with family and friends, hang stockings upon the hearth, decorate the tree, and cheer as the wooden Nutcracker once again defeats the seven-headed Mouse King.

It’s Christmas Time!

To further get in the Holiday Spirit, the Odinson shares a list of some of his favorite comics that celebrate the Christmas Season.  You may even find a few gems for yourself you may not have seen before.

Archie Comics – You’d be hard pressed to find a comics series that celebrates the Holiday Season as proudly and as often as Archie Comics.  From BFFs Betty and Veronica to the insatiable Jughead to Specials to Archie himself, Riverdale High is the place to be at Christmas time.  Just check out this Cover Gallery of wonderful Christmas covers.

Action Comics #117 – When a flood threatens to ruin Christmas, Superman is determined to not let that happen and turns what could have been a tragedy into the best Christmas ever!

Dell Giant #39 and 53 – Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Louie, and Dewey, show everyone what the Christmas Spirit is all about.  Family.

Batman #239 – Featuring a beautiful cover by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, this Christmas anthology sees the Dark Knight showing a softer side toward a known criminal and his plight.  Plus, in a classic reprint from Batman #15, the Dynamic Duo plat Santa to the downtrodden of Gotham City only to have a group of thugs come in behind them and try to ruin the good deeds. 

Marvel Team-Up #1 – Super buddies, Spider-Man and Human Torch, team up to stop the sinister Sandman.  But the Christmas Spirit prevails when our intrepid heroes discover the true reason for their erstwhile sparring partner’s latest heist.

The Uncanny X-Men #143 – When the youngest member of the X-Men, Kitty Pryde, is left alone on Christmas Eve, she must dig down and find the superhero within or this Silent Night will surely become a Deadly Night. 

Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas – In this Dallas Times Herald Special, even 1,500 miles away from his home turf trouble seems to finds Spider-Man.  When Peter Parker goes on assignment in Dallas, Texas to cover a charity ball, a crooked Santa turns out to be Spidey’s old foe the Kingpin of Crime and the diabolical villain holds the attendees for ransom. 

Daredevil #229 and 253 – These are two classic Daredevil tales set against a Christmas backdrop.  First, smack dab in the middle of the seminal Born Again story, Matt Murdock is at his lowest when an old foe disguised as Santa attacks him.  Then, in a day-in-the life story Daredevil, the Kingpin, and many supporting cast members struggle with the Holiday blues.

Robotech: The Macross Saga #35 – Even in the midst of a war with the alien Zenttradi, the refugees of the SDF-1 still find time for the Christmas Spirit. 

The Amazing Spider-Man #314 – The ole Parker Luck strikes at wrong time yet again as Peter and Mary Jane get evicted from their apartment on Christmas!  Featuring that classic Todd McFarlane Spidey artwork.

The Incredible Hulk #378 – The mighty Hulk battles Santa Claus?! What Hulk foe is really inside the Santa suit and can he and the Hulk stop pounding on each other long enough to not spoil Christmas for a group of on looking children?

The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special – The Main Man gets the last job he ever expected when he is hired by the Easter Bunny, no really, to go to the North Pole and take out Santa Claus, no really. 

2000 A.D. #815 – In the most sourpuss in the post-Apocalyptic future of Mega City One, Judge Dredd, can’t5 fight the Christmas Spirit.  Featuring the biting humor of Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) and fantastic art by Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog). 

Savage Dragon #106 – When Kris Kringle goes missing, it’s up to Officer Dragon to step in and play Santa Claus!  But, somebody is playing Grinch and wants to stop out hero at all cost.

Army of Darkness: Ash’s Christmas Horror – The wicked do not take the Holidays off as Ash sets out to stop the Deadites from ruining Christmas.

The Tick [The New Series] #1 – The Tick and his superhero buddies exchange gifts and celebrate Christmas.  But what happens when one of the gifts is from a super villain?  SPOON!

Marvel Zombies: A Christmas Carol – Marvel Comics mixes Charles Dickens’ classic with the undead shenanigans of Marvel Zombies and produce a chomping Christmas every bit as scary as it is merry.

Flash Gordon Holiday Special – In these three special tales, Flash and allies take time off from fighting the forces of Mongo to teach their friends about Christmas, Hanukkah, and ringing in the New Year. 

The Last Christmas – And in our last entry on the list, the Christmas Spirit can be found even at the end of the world.  In a world overrun by the naughty and Saint Nicholas has turned his back on the world, the future of Christmas rest in the belief of one boy.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Everyone!

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell

NOTE: For past entries of the So Sayeth the Odinson blog, over a decade’s worth of comic book and pop culture articles and reviews, click HERE.  Also, be sure to check out my novels The Survivors and Autumn Dawn, which were inspired by 1980s horror – HERE and HERE

About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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