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Holiday 2013

Ask Chris #175: The Great Santa Fight

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Can Santa Claus beat Superman in a fight? Can he beat Batman? --@byharryconnolly

A: You, Harry, have been affected by the cynicism of a cynical age. Any schoolchild could tell you that Santa Claus would never fight Superman or Batman, because they are all on the same side. Then again, I suppose that's why you didn't ask a schoolchild and instead went straight to someone who specializes in providing needlessly elaborate answers to yes-or-no questions about fictional vigilantes.

So today, on this wintry Christmas Week Eve, I'm going to take up the spirit of the holiday and give you the answer you asked for. The short version? Yes. Santa Claus could beat those dudes like government reindeer. It wouldn't even be close.

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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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Bizarro Back Issues: The True Meaning Of Christmas (2009)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #12, DC Comics

Listen, I don't want to get up on a soap box here, because that's not what ComicsAlliance is about, but there's something that really bothers me at this time of year. I've read a lot of holiday comics, and very, very few of them even touch on the true meaning of Christmas. Sure, there's a lot about the spirit of giving and being a good person, but that's the kind of stuff that superhero comics are always about anyway. There's something more behind Christmas, something eternal, something that a lot of people want to ignore for the sake of being "inclusive" or whatever nonsense reasons they have this year.

I'm sorry if this offends anyone, but let's be real: There's a reason we have Christmas, and it's time we acknowledge that. And that reason is that Batman reversed time to stop the Earth from being blown up by antimatter.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ in ‘Holiday Cards’ [Original Comic Strip]

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents "Kate or Die," a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our longtime favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate takes a typically sardonic view of the Xmas season with a series of holiday cards made just for your loved ones in the comic book industry.

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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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Ask Chris #174: DC Santa Vs. Marvel Santa

Ask Chris Christmas Special Art by Erica Henderson

Q: How do the holiday mythologies compare between Marvel and DC? -- @crcovar

A: How did you know, Crovar?! Another excuse to drop nine thousand words about the underlying differences in the structure of imaginary universes and how they've affected their storytelling over the past seventy years? It's exactly what I wanted for Christmas!

Nah, I'm just kidding. We can probably get through this one in five or six thousand. Seven, tops.

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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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