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Bizarro Back Issues: How Tharg Saved Christmas! (1981)

Tharg's Christmas Tale, 2000 AD

I have read a lot of Christmas comics in my time, and while I usually love them all with the unconditional affection of someone who goes around humming "Good King Wenceslas" in the middle of August, I have to admit that they tend to get pretty repetitive after a while. Even I can get tired of the endless string of halfhearted Christmas Carol parodies, which is why my favorite stories are always the ones that get a little weird. You know, the "evil robot santa" stories, or the "Batman goes back in time and recreates the universe and becomes the subconscious source of all Christmas Elf imagery" kind of thing. Those are the ones I really like.

So when I tell you that there's a story where Tharg, the mighty alien comic book editor who supplies 2000 AD with its weekly dose of Thrillpower, has to save Christmas after a bunch of readers wake up to bad presents on Christmas morning, rest assured that it is somehow even more amazingly bonkers than it sounds.

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – Oct. 26, 2011: Thrill-Power Vs. Hasty Pudding

2000-ad-1754

Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
*Island nations
^ This is a really great week for coloring aficionados
% Franchises
£ Not franchises

* ^ % £ 2000 AD #1754
The best British comic book is finally available weekly in the U.S., as of t...

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