There have been numerous comic adaptations of Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost story...
...but this never-reprinted one from (believe it or not) Marvel Comics, has the distinction of being illustrated by more artists than any other version!
to "Diverse Hands", the art styles I recognize include Bob Hall, Frank
Giacoia, Frank Springer, Dave Cockrum, Marie Severin, Carmine Infantino,
Steve Leialoha, John Romita Sr, Al Milgrom,
Mike Esposito, and probably anybody who wandered into the Bullpen while
this book was in production!
This was the final title in the Marvel Classics Comics line which had started out as color reprints of the early '70s b/w Pendulum Press"comic adaptations of classic stories" series. After a dozen issues, Marvel began doing their own adaptations, continuing for another two dozen issues.
Doug Moench was no newcomer to adapting prose to comics having worked
on comics versions of literary properties including Doc Savage, The Shadow, James Bond, and Fu Manchu!
Colorist Francoise Mouly later became the art editor of The New Yorker, co-creator of the legendary comic anthology Raw, and is currently the publisher/editorial director of Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press. She is the creative partner (and spouse) of Art Spiegelman.
...Tweedledee and Tweedledum made a solo appearance during the Alice comic's brief run!
Considering the concept of the comic is that we're uncertain if Alice is actually encountering the characters or they're all figments of her Lewis Carroll-obsessed imagination, I'd say the "figments of her imagination" theory is pretty much blown!
He's the Jolly Old Elf in a red suit!
They are BIG Green Men from Mars with an even BIGGER robot!
Before Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, they were the ingredients for the weirdest Christmas movie ever!
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians was filmed in 1964 in that bastion of the cinema, Long Island (in an unused aircraft hangar).
a host of tv and b-movie actors including handsome-but-stiff Leonard
Hicks as the Martian Leader (and kids' father) Kimar, 60s
villain/voiceover artist Vincent Beck (who did lots of work for Irwin
Allen's sci-fi shows) as the film's mustache-twirling villain, Voldar,
and John Call as a pretty damn convincing Santa Claus, the flick is
touted as the debut of future talentless chantuse Pia Zadora as Martian
Kid Girmar. Thankfully, she has rather limited screen time.
As an example of low-budget filmmaking, it's actually pretty effective.
Every penny (what few of them they had) is up on the screen.
They make good use of stock footage (from Dr. Strangelove, no less).
the use of then-popular Wham-O Air Blaster toy guns as the Martian
weapons was either a stroke of marketing genius or clever use of limited
funds. Either way, sales of the guns shot thru the roof after the film
hit the kiddie matinee circuit!
If you're between 3-9 years old, the flick's a lot of fun.
If you're between 10 and whatever the local drinking age is, it'll drive you nuts, especially the theme song!
you're over the local drinking age, do so before watching! It's
available on a host of public domain dvds as well as one of the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 snarkfests.