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Ask Chris #225: The Secret Origin Of Santa Claus

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Merry Ask Chris-tmas! What's the weirdest version of the Santa Claus origin story? -- @prograpslady

A: You know, it wasn't that long ago that I wrote about two different version of Santa's origin that were done as stop-motion TV specials from Rankin-Bass, and as much as I love them both, they're not exactly what you'd really expect. I mean, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is essentially the story of a revolutionary who brings down a corrupt European government through illegal toymaking and is then hunted until he has to relocate to the North Pole, and The Life And Adventures of Santa Claus has him raised on the milk of a lioness and taught about Japanese samurai by a twelve foot tall druid who shot laser beams from a silver axe in a war against child-hating goblins.

I guess what I'm getting at here is that even for someone who's spent a lifetime getting used to origin stories with nonsense words like "bitten by a radioactive spider" and "inhaled hard water fumes," Santa's beginnings are pretty weird.

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Mike Maihack’s Batgirl and Supergirl Wish You A Merry Christmas With A Very Special Guest

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I'm going to go out on a festively decorated limb here and guess that you are, of course, already familiar with Mike Maihack's fantastic and adorable Batgirl/Supergirl strips. He's been doing them for a few years now, chronicling the perky, cheerful Kryptonian heroine, the slightly grumpier Gotham City vigilante, and their continuing adventures as best friends.

They're all pretty great, but my favorites by far are the annual Christmas specials. This year, though, they're even more special than usual, as Batgirl and Supergirl are joined by a special guest star for an evening of caroling in exchange for candy. It's a Christmas Miracle!

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Ask Chris #224: Tarot And The Krampus And The Worst Christmas Story

Ask Chris #224, art by Erica Henderson

Q: What's the worst Christmas comic you've ever read? -- @franzferdinand2

A: Folks, I have read a lot of Christmas comics. For a while, they were the only thing I actually "collected." I'd buy any Christmas story I could find, any comic with Santa Claus in it, anything that had the requisite number of sleighs and trees with lights on 'em, and as a result, I have seen some genuinely terrible Christmas stories. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of good ones too, but when you're reading every Christmas story out there, you run across plenty that are overly cynical, mean-spirited, or just plain not very good.

And every now and then, you read the two-part Krampus story in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, which is a piece of work unto itself.

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The ‘Power Rangers Super Samurai’ Christmas Special Is The Best Clip Show Ever

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I haven't actually watched an episode of Power Rangers in around two decades. If there's one thing I love at this time of year, however, it's a Christmas Special, so when I saw that Power Rangers Super Samurai: Stuck On Christmas had been added to Netflix Instant, I was delighted. I settled in with a nice tall glass of

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Bizarro Back Issues: ‘The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus’ (1974)

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As you might expect, Santa Claus is a fixture in Christmas comics, but he's rarely having a very good time of it. At the very least, he tends to need help saving Christmas from just not happening, and often, he's in pretty bad shape himself. Some

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The War Rocket Ajax Christmas Special: Matt Fraction And The Best And Worst Of Christmas

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The holidays are here, and on War Rocket Ajax, that means only one thing: Special guest Matt Fraction joining us for our annual Christmas party! We talk a little about his comics, including Hawkeye and the upcoming Sex Criminals, then we discuss the best (and worst) Christmas songs, movies, specials and comics in a yuletide spectacular the likes of which have never been seen -- and you can listen to the whole thing right here at ComicsAlliance!War Rocket Ajax #140: My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Things with Matt Fraction
(WARNING: Contains NSFW language)

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ComicsAlliance Reviews The ‘Wonder Woman’ Christmas Episode (1977)

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Chris Sims: Hello everyone, and welcome back to our series of in-depth reviews of movies based on comics. This week, though, we're doing something a little different! With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to hit something holiday-themed, and while we debated checking out the Star Wars Holiday Special or one of the three - three! - Christmas episodes of Lois and Clark, we eventually found something that interested us a little more.

Matt Wilson: Our choice came down to continuing our '90

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Ask Chris #132: ‘Christmas With The Joker’

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Why does everyone hate the "Christmas with the Joker" episode of Batman: The Animated Series? -- @tekende

A: You know, I'm not sure everyone does hate "Christmas with th

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Ask Chris #87: The Santa Claus of Two Worlds

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: What is the best media representation of Santa Claus's origin? --

A: I'll be honest with you, folks: I love Santa Claus almost as much as I love Batman. In fact, I'm pretty sure the only reason the Caped Crusader gets the edge o

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ComicsAlliance Reviews the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Christmas Episode

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Chris: Hello, everybody! Over the past couple of weeks, we've been taking a look at the Japanese Spider-Man show, but in this special holiday season, we thought it might be fun to fast forward a bit.

Caleb: Into the futu

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