Friday, December 17, 2010
Countdown to Christmas #17: Christmas Comic Books
Whether taking on A Christmas Carol or featuring Superman teaming up with Santa Claus to defeat Toyman, super hero comic books, like TV, have a long tradition of paying homage to the holiday.
Generally, most Christmas stories are more humorous in tone than usual, such as Thor #444, in which Thor battles the Hulk-like Groonk and his dog Max.
Sometimes, Christmas is just a setting against which regular events play out, such as when the X-Men leave Kitty Pryde alone on Christmas Eve and she ends up battling a demon.
Christmas stories also afford writers an opportunity to play fast and loose with continuity, such as the Deadman story in Christmas with the Superheroes #2 in which he interacts with a ghost suggested to be Superman's cousin Supergirl, who died and was erased from existence a few years before this story in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Often, Christmas comics are shorter anthologized stories collected. For many years now, both Marvel and DC Comics have published annual Holiday Specials.