Saturday, December 28, 2019

Holiday Reading Room ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND "Man Who Didn't Believe in Christmas"

I'm not sure what to make of this story.
It's "A Christmas Carol", yet it's not!
Weird, eh?
This story appeared in Adventures in Wonderland #5 (1956), the Christmas issue, and both writer and artist are unknown.
The editor/publisher was Lev Gleason, who had also published a number of classic comic series including Crime Does Not PayDareDevil Comics, and Silver Streak Comics.
However, this was at the tail end of his career, and being constrained by the newly-implemented Comics Code Authority apparently didn't sit well with him.
Perhaps this tale was his commentary on the sort of bland material he felt the Code was limiting him to?
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Friday, December 27, 2019

Friday Fun SANTA CLAUS FUNNIES "Santa's Jeep!"

One of the koolest Christmas covers ever...
...which most people don't realize is a wraparound, since they've only seen the front and, as a result, don't get the joke!
This cover for Dell's Santa Claus Funnies #1 (1942) has never been reprinted in full!
I've seen the front cover in a number of reference books, but never the back one.
BTW, the reason Santa's driving a Jeep is, well, let Santa himself explain on the inside front cover...
"Too bouncy", eh?
Though the artist is considered "unknown" by the Grand Comics Database, it looks a lot like Walt (Pogo) Kelly, who was working at Dell, and contributed a couple of stories to the book.
(Yeah, I know it's after Christmas, but it's before New Year's, so if you can leave the tree and decorations up, I can do a couple more Yuletide-themed posts!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Little Women: the Comic Book!

...that opened Christmas Day!
But, did you know there was a comic book adaptation...done over 30 years ago?
Our "sister" RetroBlog, True Love Comics Tales, is running the story (which was actually part of a read-along book and record set) now and next Wednesday!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Holiday Reading Room CHRISTMAS WITH MOTHER GOOSE "Night Before Christmas"

It's Christmas Eve, and what better way to celebrate than with...
as re-told (and enhanced) by writer/artist Walt (Pogo) Kelly?
Hard to believe this cool version of the classic tale from Dell's Four Color #126 (1946) aka Christmas with Mother Goose, has been reprinted only once, and that was 27 years ago!
I echo Santa in saying "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!"!

Monday, December 23, 2019


My favorite Doctor Who is #3, played by Jon Pertwee...
Jon as The Doctor with Eizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, his final companion when this documentary about Kris Kringle, packaged as a tale featuring Pertwee as a psychiatrist with a patient (James Coco) who thinks he's Santa Claus, ran on A&E in the late 1980s, I taped it and showed it every Christmas...until the tape jammed!
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Sunday, December 22, 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.