Santa Claus Prototype and First Appearance … What!?

Look Charlie, let’s face it. We all know Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern Syndicate, you know” – Lucy Van Pelt

A Charlie Brown Christmas

 

Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI friends. We all love art and 1st appearances, no matter how quirky, or unique. I thought I would share some history on Good Ole St. Nick. It seems apropos with the upcoming Holiday.

One of the first pieces of art to define Santa Claus artistically in his known form, by Thomas Nast,  appeared in a Harper's Weekly – January 3rd, 1863. If anyone has a high grade raw or slab of these, please share – LOL!

 

 

Starting in January of 1881, the same Thomas Nast created the true modern image of Santa Clause. This was coupled with a poem, A visit from St. Nicholas, written by Clement Clarke.

 

 

Here are 10 interesting tidbits in regards to Christmas…

  • US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travailing at 650 miles a second
  • The word Noel derives from the French expression “les bonnes nouvelles” or “the good news
  • The abbreviation Xmas isn’t irreligious. The letter X is a Greek abbreviation of Christ
  • In 1999, residents of Maine built the biggest snowman ever made. He stood 113ft tall
  • Jingle Bells was the first song broadcast from space when Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra sang it on December 16, 1965
  • Electric tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson in the US in 1882
  • Rudolph the red nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938
  • The song White Christmas by Irving Berlin is the best selling single in history with over 100 million copies sold
  • An artificial Christmas tree would be have to be used more than 20 times to be “greener” than buying a fresh cut tree annually
  • Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all the retail sales in the U.S. annually

 

Alright snuggle up with your eggnog and view the Week of December 21, 2016. There were no clear cut winners, so we will examine where there is some meat on the bone.

 

BOOM! Studios – Why? Eh it’s Christmas I guess?!

Klaus and the Witch of Winter One Shot
Total run 10.8K spread over 3 Covers / EST 3K

DC Comics
Batman #13 Cover B by Tim Sale
108.4 total run / EST. 50K of these
Green Arrow #13 Cover B by Neil Adams
37.3K total run / EST. 17K of these
Green Lanterns #13 Cover B by Emanuela Lupacchino
41K total run / EST. 20K of these
JL vs SS #1 Legacy Artgerm Virgin German Variant
222 total copies
IDW

Locke and Key Small World 1:10 Variant Cover by Skeleton Crew
Total run 15K / EST. 1500

Marvel
Amazing Spiderman #22 Cover by Simone Bianchi
Total run 63.3K spread over 3 covers / EST. 20K
Gamora #1 1:25 Variant by Marco Checchetto
Total run 65K / EST. 2600
The Punisher #7 1:25 Whilce Portacio
Total Run 33.5K / EST. 1340
Star-Lord #1 1:25 Variant by Chip Zdarsky
53K total run / EST. 2120

Recap

  • DC Rebirth B covers continue to impress and are not plentiful at all on Ebay
  • Marvel 1:25s continue to be listed under ratio price
  • Small press are showing no true monetary value at this time

 

That’s all this week citizens of the North Pole. This week, as with most of December 2016, has not shown staying power or substantial ROI except for a few books. There have been some great covers, however they are all long term holds to realize any positive cash flow. I hope Santa brings all the good little girls and boys something nice under their trees. Enjoy the time with family members, and loved ones!

 

Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest” – Linus Van Pelt

A Charlie Brown Christmas

 

Talk soon,

 

 

 

 

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