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5 Christmas Themed Comics

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 28th 2021
Even superheroes and worms celebrate the holidays
If you like comic books, these Christmas themed comics might be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.

1. Donald Duckling: The Beauty of Christmas with Everyone

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Donald Duckling is a series about Disney's Donald Duck as a child. In this adventure, written by Augusto Macchetto, and drawn by Emilio Urbano, Donald and his friends plan to travel up the mountain near their town to bring some Christmas cheer to the hermit, Old Cold Joe.

The art is quite cute, especially when Donald is in his Himalayan adventure gear, as pictured on the cover. The story is sweet and wholesome and suitable for all ages.

2. The Crow: Hark the Herald

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The Crow was originally a comic series created by James O'Barr in 1989, but it is probably best known for the 1994 movie starring Brandon Lee. The franchise has had various incarnations since then, all featuring a central character who was wrongfully killed, then resurrected by a crow spirit to bring their killers to justice.

In this 2019 one-shot comic, by Tim Seeley, with art by Meredith Laxton, the Crow character is a young woman, out to avenge her own death and that of her father at the hands of a group of professional killers.

It's well written, and has an ending I haven't seen before in any of the Crow stories to date, making it worth reading for fans of the franchise.

3. Christmas With the Superheroes 1988

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Christmas With the Superheroes 1988 is a nostalgic collection of DC superhero stories set at Christmas time in the 80s. In the first story, Batman helps out Boomer, a former crook who is trying to go straight.

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This is funnier out of context.

Then, in The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus, Superman and Batman work together (alongside Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Black Canary and John Stewart, the alternate Green Lantern) to solve a murder. It's an interesting bunch to throw together, and it makes a change that Green Lantern is black. I do wish Black Canary got to wear pants, or at least opaque tights like the rest of them instead of fishnets. At least she gets to save the day with her ultrasonic song.

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Classic superhero comic logic.

After that, we get a Teen Titans version of A Christmas Carol, in which the bad guys use a magical gadget in order to dodge import taxes, which makes a change from all the bank robbing.

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Dialogue this bad must be on purpose, right?

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I love it when the captions get judgy.

Christmas With the Superheroes combines terrible, accidentally hilarious writing, with nostalgia in a way that oddly works. It's mainly one for DC fans.

4. Sabrina's Christmas Magic

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Sabrina's Christmas Magic features the teenage witch as she is in the old school Archie comics (unlike the darker, more recent version of the character in the comic and TV series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). This ten issue series is pure nostalgia for Sabrina fans. In the first issue, Sabrina goes in search of Santa Claus, including an encounter with an Inuit boy that through modern eyes looks a little racist.

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She then uses her magic to help out Santa, who is having a labour shortage since the elves "quit in despair" because nobody believes in them anymore.

Issue one includes some handy tips for making sure your Christmas presents fit sexual stereotypes (wrap your dad's present in the sports section of the newspaper and your mum's in a dish towel!). First published in the 60s, this comic is certainly of its time.

5. Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Christmas Special

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Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse
is a comic series by Ben Templesmith, about an immortal worm creature who can control a corpse by burrowing into its head. It has a dark sense of humour reminiscent of John Layman's Chew and an interesting style of art that similar to Templesmith's earlier work on 30 Days of Night, only far more competently executed.

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One angry elf.

In the Christmas special, an elf has come to Wormwood for help after Santa is killed. There are blood elves, zombie reindeer, merciless capitalists and general creepiness. It's a bit of fun for those with a dark sense of humour.
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I have to admit. I do love the classics
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