It's the fourth day of Christmas at ComicsAlliance, as our 12 Days of Christmas original art series continues. Every day until the 25th, we'll be posting new illustrations from comics creators at Periscope Studio that reinterpret the days of the Christmas carol as comics parodies.

Today's piece comes from creator Karl Kesel, who once worked as an inker on "Superman" before scripting books like "Fantastic Four," "Daredevil," and "Marvel Apes." Expect to see more of his writing in the next several months on the upcoming "Captain America: Patriot" miniseries and "The Incredibles" monthly comic from Boom Studios.

In the meantime, check out his interpretation of four calling birds, wherein we learn that birds are roughly as interesting as Superman, and possibly vice versa. The greatest part about this illustration, though, is the fact that the birds are off panel, thus requiring you, the viewer, to imagine exactly how ricockulous they'd need to be to make people like Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, and Clark Kent -- noted veterans of daily, mind-blowing insanity --- stop dead in their tracks and point up at the sky.

Imagine it now, and thank Karl.

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On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Four Calling Birds

Three French Hens

Two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtledoves

And a "partridge" in a pear tree.

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