Christmas / Holiday Themed Comics
As promised, canadiancomicguy takes us on a journey through his Christmas comic collection … and just in time to get all of us in the holidays spirit! Thanks CCG and Happy Holidays everyone!!!
It's the Holiday season and what better way for a comic book site to celebrate than to talk Christmas/Holiday themed comics. I've been collecting for years and have just over 100 different books for the season.
The big question – why collect Holiday themed stories and covers?
For me, like the specials that come on TV you’ve seen year after year and keep watching, there’s something enjoyable in the tradition of breaking these books out every December and reading these stories. These are great stories with hopeful messages where more often than not, the bad guys aren’t so bad or, at least, the good guys are willing to cut them some slack since it is Christmas after all. And as this tradition – and collection – has grown there is something nostalgic in revisiting many of these books. There is something that reminds me of starting out reading and collecting comics as a kid. Unlike my keys and other investments that sit carefully in Mylar or slabbed (and can still be appreciated for the cover art) these get opened and read year after year. There’s something about the feel and smell of the books, as familiar as the stories (and the great ads), that bring me back to sitting with a pile of books around me, reading through a cold winter Saturday afternoon.
And that’s worth the collecting for me. These are my readers. These are some of my favourite stories. These are my connection to how it all began.
I should note that I have not spent more than $15 on any one book. Most can be found for a dollar or two. Honestly, they also make great gifts. Young and old seem to enjoy seeing Superman team up with Santa! I find these entirely in the wild. I may start to pay more for earlier issues – but for now I’ve kept it cheap. I keep them in a separate short box organized by publisher and alphabetically, with one shots and specials at the end.
Here I share with you some of my favourite covers from my collection organized by theme. Below I list the issues in my collection if you want to search for something you might like. Enjoy!
Heroes Dressed as Santa
Santa Carrying a Weapon
The Christmas Tree
Other Great Covers
Here is my full collection. About 100 books (this list excludes yearly DC and Marvel Holiday specials, e.g. DC Holiday Special ’09 – but I have them!)
Batman Family #4
Adventures of Superman #462
DC Comics Presents #67
Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer
Amazing Spider-Man #166
Amazing Adventures #5
Punisher Holiday Special
Fathom #3 Variant