Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wednesday Worlds of Wonder SANTA CLAUS FUNNIES "Santa in Wonderland" Conclusion

The night before Christmas Eve, Santa was disturbed when a little girl named Alice appeared at his door and pleaded for him to "bring Christmas to Wonderland".
The blonde girl lead Santa to the rabbit hole/entrance and showed him mushrooms that reduced both of them in size.
Once in Wonderland, Santa encountered inhabitants including the Mock Turtle and the White Rabbit, who shrank while using a white fan which Claus inadvertently also uses...
This story originally appeared in Dell's Santa Claus Funnies #2 (1943), but was not the cover feature!
It was reprinted in a stand-alone giveaway, Dell's Alice in Wonderland Meets Santa (1951), to capitalize on the release of the Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland, based on the Lewis Carroll stories Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass!
The reprint's new cover art (as shown at the top of the post) by an unknown artist, shows Alice rendered with the same hairstyle and blue dress as the movie version, rather than the hairstyle and violet dress shown in the comic story.
The other characters on the cover resemble their Disney versions, as well!
Since Dell was then currently-publishing licensed Disney comics (including the comic adaptation of the animated Alice in Wonderland)...'s likely the similarity on the cover was permitted!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Holiday Reading Room RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER "The Reindeer Who Saved Christmas!"

...that's as concise a synopsis as you'll ever read, so on to the story with all requisite speed...
The copy we're using doesn't have a final page.
So we'll use the original hand-drawn layout!
Written by Robert L May and illustrated by Denver Gillen, this beloved tale was actually an advertising promotion designed to lure customers into doing Christmas shopping!
We hope you've enjoyed this bit of holiday history, and keep checking us out for more Christmastime fun!
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(a replica of the original 1939 book we're re-presenting on this blog!)

Monday, December 9, 2019

Monday Madness CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL "Santa's Red Red Nose"

What happens if Kris Kringle gets sick on Christmas Eve?
This tale from St John's Christmas Carnival (1952) 100-page one-shot gives you the answer!
It was all a dream!
Thank Heavens!
The thought of a Christmas without Santa is just too much to bear! ;-)
This tale (and the entire Christmas Carnival 100-page 25-cent book) were published twice!
Once in 1952 by Ziff-Davis and again in 1955 by St John Publishing, which bought the Ziff-Davis comics line's material when the publisher liquidated that division after the "Seduction of the Innocent" witch hunt!
Ironic, since Ziff-Davis Comics was one of the least-offensive publishers on the magazine racks!
The writer and artist(s) are unknown.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Design of the Month "Bah, Humbug!"

Usually, each week, we post a limited-edition design, to be sold for exactly 7 days...
...however, we feel that this phrase is so concise, so important, that it should remain available to our audience for the entire month!
With Christmas approaching, let's celebrate with the most famous phrase of the man who personifies the Trumpian XMas Spirit ... Ebenezer Scrooge in a kool retro Victorian-era font!
 Available in either white/silver on dark items or red/green on white or light-colored items.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Out Doing Christmas Shopping... here's a feature from Dell's Four Color Comics #867 (1942)...
...which was part of the Santa Claus Funnies series that ran every year for over a decade!