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Publisher Holiday Cards 2013: Valiant Comics

Valiant Holiday card

No matter what your occupation, there's a decent chance that, at this time of year, you get more than your fair share of work related holiday cards . But when you work in comics, those cards happen feature popular industry professionals illustrating various characters. Case in point, Valiant has sent out their annual holiday well wishes, with art by Tom Fowler.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×12: ‘Have Yourself A Morlock Little X-Mas’

X-Men cartoon screenshot

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: We're skipping ahead to find some holiday cheer with Season 4's "Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas!"

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Publisher Holiday Cards 2013: Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics Holiday Card Main
Dark Horse Comics

It's that special time of year when we at CA are lucky enough to receive season's greetings from some of our favorite comic book publishers. The first card we received this year came from Dark Horse Comics, which went all-out with a 2013 Holiday Card featuring an unfolding comics story by Art Baltazar and Franco! of Tiny Titans acclaim. We won't spoil the narrative surprise here, but you'll definitely want to click through to see DH's official images of the comic/card hybrid in sequence.

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Artist PJ McQuade Returns With More Star Wars Themed Holiday Cards

Santa Yoda

For some folks, it never really feels like the holiday season is here until they send or receive their first Star Wars holiday card. Fortunately, artist PJ McQuade is back this year with four new cards featuring your favorite Star Wars characters in the holiday spirit, and you can check them out below. They're as good as last year's, but here's hoping 2014 sees some Star Wars Holiday Special editions, because everyone's life would be better with a Bea Arthur or Art Carney card, right? Right.

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Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Mario: Cause Of Death’ Poster

Cause of Death poster by Yves Bourgelas

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

As much as we deck trees out with colored lights and sing cheery songs, it's always important to remember that Winter is a terrifying season of death. And what better way to remember that than with fifty examples of one person dying, over and over, in different ways? I mean, that sounds dark, but it's not so bad when you consider that it's Mario on Yves Bourgelas's "Cause of Death" poster!

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Celebrate The Holiday Season With Dave Johnson’s Superman And A Very Creative Snowflake [Art]

DC holiday card Superman Dave Johnson

Every year DC Comics asks an artist to create a holiday card spotlighting one or more of their characters in the yuletide spirit. This year's edition features a Dave Johnson Superman (who, unless I'm crazy, kind of has a Jon Hamm look going on) and a very creative snowflake.

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10 Surprising Comic Book Appearances by Santa Claus (et al.)

Santa Claus

Two of my greatest loves in life are Christmas and comics, and so it's always a treat for me when the two cross over in that most wonderful of things: the holiday special. Even when those things are bad, they're still kind of good, because it's Christmas, and you're feeling charitable. But sometimes the introduction of Christmas-themed elements are not what you expect. Here are ten appearances by Christmas folk that might confound you, and that's even without mentioning that time Aquaman saved the baby Jesus from pirates by mind-controlling a giant squid.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Santa Claus, Santa Claus, You Are Much Too Fat (1946)

Superman #105, DC Comics

There are very few things I love in this world more than a story where a superhero teams up with Santa Claus to save Christmas. I mean, I love Christmas comics in general, but the ones where the Jolly Old Saint himself shows up are always just a little bit more special, especially when the hero in question is Superman. If I was in charge, you'd see Santa Claus literally every time there was a comic set at the Fortress of Solitude, because really, the North Pole has exactly three residents, and who else are they going to hang out with? But I digress.

My point is, Superman/Santa Claus team-ups are great, even when they're weird -- and folks, they do get weird. Take, for example, one of Superman's earliest team-ups with St. Nicholas, wherein they have to battle against the evil machinations of a dude who hates Christmas so much that he makes Santa Claus even fatter than he already was, and Superman has to help him lose weight.

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The ‘Kamen Rider’ Christmas Episode Is Called ‘Werewolf Monster’s Huge Murder Party,’ And That Is All You Need To Know

Kamen Rider (1971) screenshot

If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for a while, then you probably already know that as soon as the calendar switches over to December, I start obsessively watching as many Christmas specials as I possibly can. Not just the big Rankin-Bass specials, either -- I do my best to watch out for the weird ones, like Christmas Comes to Pac-Land and that He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special where Skeletor learns the true meaning of holiday magic. And every time I think I've exhausted the well of the obscure and bizarre, I end up finding something new.

Today, my (relatively) newfound love of Japanese tokusatsu shows led me to sit down with the Christmas episode of the 1971 Kamen Rider TV series, and I'll tell you right now: It's not like any holiday special I've ever seen. Largely because the title for the episode is "WEREWOLF MONSTER'S HUGE MURDER PARTY."

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Holiday Gift Guide: Wooden Replica ‘Adventure Time’ Swords, Batarangs And More

TheSilveredBlade on Etsy

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

Today, we're going into the world of handmade pop culture artifacts with a look at the wooden swords of Etsy's The Silvered Blade!

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