Thursday, December 22, 2005

Top Fifteen Best Christmas Comic Covers #12-10

Here comes the next three!!


Adventures of Superman #487

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This is a really, really good drawing by Jerry Ordway, and very likely would have ranked much higher on the list if it were not for the fact that it is starring, as the main character of the piece, Bibbo Bibbowski, who, while I enjoy the character, is not the type of iconic character that would make a cover more memorable. Sorta like having Free Spirit or Jack Flag in your comic book.


Batman #33

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What impresses me about this Dick Sprang cover from 1946 is its willingness to try something DIFFERENT.

It is quintessenially CHRISTMAS, while still being okay with being FUNNY.

I admire that (can you imagine anything like this on a Batman cover nowadays?)


Marvel Treasury Edition #8

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This gets credit for having the heroes all chipping in together to trim a tree (which is a good idea), but loses points by artist John Romita having Luke Cage trimming the tree with his bracelet things? That's just weeeeeeird. The Hulk with a Santa beard is a nice touch, but where is this kid coming from?!? Are we to really celebrate Marvel superheroes kidnapping a small child?!?!

Okay, that's #12-10! Tune in tomorrow to see the next three covers on the countdown! What (non-Liberty Meadows) cover will be #1?!?!

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Anonymous Jakanapes said...

Actually, Cage is decorating the tree with a paper chain. Did you not ever make those in kindergarten? It's one of those homemade decorations that's supposed to be fun, like popcorn strings, but isn't.

I like the fact that they used Fury's weird costume that covered the back of the head and included a headband...

12/22/2005 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Flint Paper said...

I think I most enjoyed the fact that Doctor Strange is calling upon the vast mystical power that it is his burden to command, reshaping the very fabric of destiny itself, arcane hand motions and all -- to position a Christmas ornament *just so*.

"By the Yuletide yawning of Yog-Soggoth, the Sorcerer Supreme wills this ball onto that branch! No, wait, _that_ one!"

12/22/2005 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Brian (not Cronin) said...

In fairness to the Hulk, that could be Franklin Richards...he was about that size in 1975. Of course, you'd expect his parents to be somewhere around, but maybe Reed and Sue left Frank with Bruce Banner while they did some shopping.

12/22/2005 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger David C said...

What's Nick Fury carrying there? I was thinking it might be the Ultimate Nullifier, which would certainly be the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts....

I didn't realize there were two of these treasuries. I had one from, I guess, 1974, that was one of my first comics ever. And in retrospect, what an awesome place to start! It had the entire first crossover between the Avengers and the FF, with a titanic Thing/Hulk duel at the center of the story, plus the "Daredevil fights Sub-Mariner alone" story, and a Spidey/Torch Marvel Team-Up featuring Johnny Storm in some truly hideous '70s fashions!

12/22/2005 04:36:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Of these three, I like the Marvel Treasury Edition the best. There's something funky cool about those five guys putting up Christmas decorations. Who's the artist? Is it Joe Sinnott?

12/22/2005 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Of course it is the best!

It IS ranked tenth, silly!

And the artist is Romita. I mention that, no? I meant to, if I didn't!

12/22/2005 08:32:00 PM  

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