Saturday, December 24, 2022

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Just where does Krampus get all those wonderful toys


from Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Holiday Special #2 (Titan, January 2020), script by Jody Houser, pencils and inks by Roberta Ingranata, colors by Enrica Angiolini, flats by Shari Chankhamma, letters by Sarah Hedrick and Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: All I Want for Christmas Is a Dye Job Like Movie Rogue's


from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #420 (Marvel, February 1997), script by Tom DeFalco, pencils by Steve Skroce, inks by Bud LaRosa, colors by Bob Sharen, color separations by Graphic Color Works, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Sherwood Schwartz hurriedly phones his lawyer


from Amazing Spider-Man #314 (April 1989), script by David Michelinie, pencils and inks by Todd McFarlane, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1968, Christmas Eve: Best trash talk in and universe


from "Moon Squirrel and Tippysaur" in Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (Marvel, January 2019), script by Ryan North, pencils and inks by Natacha Bustos, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, letters by Cory Petit

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Elf with a Gun? Izzat you, you crazy nut? What're you doin' over here at DC, ya big goofball?


from Freedom Fighters (1976 series) #7 (DC, May 1977), script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Dick Ayers, inks by Jack Abel, letters by Ben Oda

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Your Friendly Neighborhoodless Spider-Man



from Amazing Spider-Man #314 (Marvel, April 1989), script by David Michelinie, pencils and inks by Todd McFarlane, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: I'll be home (multiple times) for Christmas


from "The Gift of the Madri" in Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1 one-shot (Marvel, February 2019), script by Matthew Rosenberg, pencils and inks by Andy MacDonald, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, letters by Travis Lanham

Whoa, how's Madrox gonna get out of this one?

Today in Comic History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Oh no, you're not going out undressed like that on Christmas Eve, young lady


from "The Cat Who Stole Christmas" in Spider-Man Holiday Special 1995 one-shot (Marvel, 1995), script by Karl Bollers, pencils by Chris Gardner, inks by Steve Montano, colors by Joe Andreani, letters by Dave Sharpe

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Deck the Halls with Boughs and Harley





from Batman: The Adventures Continue #8 (DC, March 2021), script by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, pencils and inks by Ty Templeton, colors by Monica Kubina, letters by AndWorld Design

SWEATER


Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Catwoman wastes her time


from Batman: Dark Victory #3 (DC, February 2000), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils and inks by Tim Sale, colors by Gregory Wright, color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Hah! I bet that bench he's sitting on is totally Plastic MaHOLY COW I WAS RIGHT FOR ONCE


from "Christmas by Gaslight" in DC's Very Merry Multiverse #1 one-shot (DC, February 2021), script by John Layman, pencils and inks by Dani, colors by Mike Spicer, letters by Aditya Bidikar

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Jingle Belle! She's the Harley Quinn that Paul Dini can say he owns!



from Jingle Belle: The Homemades' Tale one-shot (IDW, November 2018); script by Paul Dini; pencils, inks, and colors by Nicoletta Baldari; letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: The gigantic ghost head of Bruce Wayne of Earth-2 watches out over his daughter and Bruce Wayne of Earth-1. Look, it's a Pre-Crisis story; I don't make these up.


from The Brave and the Bold (1955 series) #184 (DC, March 1982); script by Mike W. Barr; pencils, inks, and letters by Jim Aparo, colors by Adrienne Roy

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Deathstroke the Marinater


from Deathstroke (2016 series) #50 (February 2020); script by Christopher Priest; pencils by Carlo Pagulayan and Fernando Pasarin; inks by Jason Paz, Oclair Albert, Norm Rapmund, and Danny Miki; colors by Jeromy Cox; letters by Willie Schubert

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1925, Christmas Eve: The John Logie Baird Christmas Special is brought to you by Rheostats! Rheostats! Have you spent your last two shillings on them yet?


from "The Twist of a Dial" in Real Fact Comics #12 (DC, January 1948), script by Jack Schiff, Mort Weisinger, and/or Bernard Breslauer; pencils and inks by Win Mortimer

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1940 and 1941, Christmas Eve: Exactly what it says on the tin


from Santa Claus vs. the Nazis (Markosia Publishing, November 2016), script by Benjamin Dickson, pencils and inks by Gavin Mitchell, colors by Miroslav Mrva and Owen Watts, letters by Benjamin Dickson

So that was Christmas Eve, 1940. But I know what you really want to see, right?:




So, this Christmas, peace on Earth, and good well to all men.

EXCEPT FOR NAZIS. KILL NAZIS. It's Santa Claus-approved!


Merry Christmas!

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1947, Christmas Eve: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free





from "The Christmas Spirit of 1947: Joy" in The Spirit Section (Register and Tribune Syndicate, December 21, 1947); script, pencils, and inks by Will Eisner; additional inks by Jerry Grandenetti; letters by Abe Kanegson; reprinted in black-and-white in The Spirit #25 (Kitchen Sink, November 1986)

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: World's Greatest Detective tears off two calendar pages at once


from Batman #285 (DC, March 1977), script by David Vern, pencils by Romeo Tanghal, inks by Frank Springer

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: World's Greatest Detective finally finds Toyman's secret hideout


from Batman: Gotham Nights (2020 digital series) #22 (DC, December 2020), script by Mark Russell, pencils and inks by Scott Koblish, colors by Nick Filardi, letters by Troy Peteri

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: The best Batman celebrates the holidays appropriately


from Batman: The Brave and the Bold #12 (DC, February 2010), script by Landry Q. Walker, pencils and inks by Eric Jones, colors by Heroic Age, letters by Rob Clark

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1963: Christmas Eve: The Christmas Santa Brought Everyone the Same Face


from Quantum Leap #3 (Innovation, March 1992), script by John Holland, art by Andy Price, colors by Scott Rockwell, color assist by Chris Ballard, letters by Vickie Williams

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: "Her?"


from Batman #285 (DC, March 1977), script by David Vern, pencils by Romeo Tanghal, inks by Frank Springer

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1941, Christmas Eve: FDR promises America one thing: Hawkeye ain't gettin' anywhere near this tree



from All-Star Squadron #7 (DC, March 1982), script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Adrian Gonzales, inks by Jerry Ordway, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by John Costanza

The Eight Nights of Comic Book Hanukkah, Night Seven: In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night

Say, here's a question for the holidays: is Hal Jordan/Green Lantern Jewish?


from "[An Old-Fashioned Christmas]" in Christmas with the Super-Heroes #2 (DC, December 1989), script by William Francis Messner-Loebs, pencils by Colleen Doran, inks by Ty Templeton, colors by Glenn Whitmore, letters by Albert De Guzman

Well, at least (recently and canonically), yes! Hal Jordan's mother was Jewish, which makes him Jewish, although he was raised Catholic.


from Justice League: The Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1 one-shot (DC, January 2016), script by Tom King, pencils and inks by Doc Shaner, colors by Chris Sotomayor, letters by Tom Napolitano

Yes, I know, I'm as surprised as you are that the hero I thought was a Super-W.A.S.P. is one of God's Chosen People. But it goes a long way towards explaining this cool Hanukkah story starring the Emerald Embessador, in which GL, not for nisht, says "hei!" and kicks an enemy on an alien kanga in the shin and then mutters "nun evil shall escape my sight." Yes, folks, it's all dreidel puns all the way down, all by a non-kosher little stuffed bull.


from Green Lantern: The Animated Series #8 (DC, January 2013), script by Ivan Cohen, pencils and inks by Luciano Vecchio, colors by Franco Riesco, letters by Saida Temofonte




Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: You're a mean one, Mr. Fisk





from Daredevil (1964 series) #253 (April 1988), script by Ann Nocenti, pencils by John Romita, Jr., inks by Al Williamson, colors by Christie Scheele, letters by Joe Rosen

Still, I bet Christmas Day makes even him happy and cheerf...oh.


cover of Daredevil #253; pencils by John Romita Jr., inks by Al Williamson

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1985, Christmas Eve: Oh no, the SpaceX rocket exploded

...fa la la la la


from Batman and the Outsiders (1983 series) #31 (March 1986), script by Mike W. Barr, pencils and inks by Alan Davis, colors by Adrienne Roy, letters by John Workman

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1960, Christmas Eve: The Beatles vow to never, never make a Christmas album


from Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band (Fanfare, July 2014), script and art by Mauri Kunnas

Today in Comics History, December 24, Christmas Eve: Pino never learns


from Batman: Dark Victory #3 (DC, February 2000), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils and inks by Tim Sale, colors by Gregory Wright, color separations by Heroic Age, letters by Richard Starkings

Today in Comics History, December 24, 1975: Happy birthday, Aztek!

Happy birthday, Aztek! Hope you survive the exper...oh. Oh, yeah.


from Aztek: The Ultimate Man #2 (DC, September 1996), text by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar