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

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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)

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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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Alan Moore On Superman Creators Siegel And Shuster’s Plight In ‘Occupy Comics’ #2 [Essay Excerpt]

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The legendary and outspoken writer behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, and many more of the most memorable comic book stories of the last 30+ years, Alan Moore's feelings on creators' rights are well documented. He's continued to discuss his views at length in Occupy Comics, Black Mask Studios' Kickstarter-funded anthology inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, opining mainly on the comics industry's complex historical relationship with counterculture and corporations. Titled "Buster Brown At The Barricades," much of the latest chapter focuses specifically on Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and their lifelong struggle for credit and control of the Man of Steel they created and sold for just $130 in the 1930s.

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Link Ink: Donatello Comes ‘Out Of The Shadows,’ Plastic Deathstroke And Plush Rush

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Take a look at some of the coolest links of the day after the jump.

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I’m David: ‘Johnny Wander’ Is Charming & Who Should Own The Rights To Superman?

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Like most of you, I've got a to-read stack that kills me every time I look at it. Friends laugh at it, small children cry at it, and the police keep giving me the stink eye. I've also got a to-read list for those things that I want to read in digital form, but haven't yet

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Federal Judge Affirms DC’s Ownership Of Superboy, Multimillion Dollar Payout to Siegel Heirs

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Just a day after DC Comics unveiled its new credit acknowledging that Superman appears in the pages of its comics "by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family," federal Judge Otis Wright III ruled that a 2001 settlement agreement between Superman co-creator Siegel's family and DC parent company Warner Bros. awarded DC the full rights to Superboy.

Thursday's ruling settles two unanswered questions from a January decision that overt

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Parting Thought: The $130 Check That Bought Superman

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This is the check that Detective Comics, Inc. co-owner Jack Liebowitz wrote young comic book creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 in exchange for the exclusive rights to a comic book superhero they'd recently created called Superman. The

DC Comics’ New Superman Credit: “By Special Arrangement With The Jerry Siegel Family”

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Out this week is Justice League #19, an issue that officially debuts new members of the team while beginning to lay the groundwork for DC Comics' upcoming Trinity War storyline. As such, it's a signific

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Cleveland Declares ‘Superman Day’ To Celebrate The Man Of Steel’s 75th Anniversary

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The company that owns Superman doesn't seem to be marking the occasion just yet, but today the real-life city where creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster gave the character life, Cleveland, Ohio, is throwing a major bash. Mayo

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Superman Co-Creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster Discuss The Man Of Steel’s Origins [Video]

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It was on this day in 1938 that Action Comics #1 first appeared on American newsstands and wherever comic books were sold. Priced at just ten cents, the 64-page periodical contained a story called "Superman: Champion of the Oppressed" by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. This was the first appearance of the prototypical costumed

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