Sunday, December 25, 2005

Top Fifteen Best Christmas Comic Covers #3-1

Here comes the FINAL three!!

First, as a special bonus, here's a Frank Cho cover NOT on the list, but I like to be nice to Christopher Burton, so I give you Liberty Meadows #29...

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On to the final three, now!!!


Teen Titans #13

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Anyone ever tell you that Nick Cardy was an artistic genius?

Well, if not, they SHOULD have!

What an awesome cover (from a 1968 issue) this is!

It maintains the Christmas spirit of the time, while still managing to depict a lot of dynamic action, all with an excellent style of Cardy's own. Seeing these characters, you instantly know that A. They look cool and B. They were drawn by Cardy.

That's an impressive achievement, I say.

Tremendous cover, with the only drawback (and what kept it from being #2) being that it could use a LITTLE more Christmas cheer to it...


Christmas With the Super-Heroes #1

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Luckily, John Byrne is up to the task! Perhaps upset over Terry Austin drawing the cover for the Uncanny X-Men issue, Byrne strikes back with this awesome gatefold cover, which I showed just the cover above, but here is the gatefold cover aspect of it...

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As you can see, Byrne smartly designed it so that it is a cool design in gatefold terms, but you do not lose a lot if you only look at the front cover. Very smart.

In any event, the art by Byrne is good, but the best part of it is the unpretentiousness of the piece. It is just superheroes gathered around a tree trying to figure out what their gifts are. It is so charmingly delightful. Superheroes without putting on any airs....I really appreciate the concept.

Excellent cover.

And, finally, what you've all been waiting for....#1!!

















Saved by the Bell Holiday Special #1

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Sadly, the name of the photographer is lost to us, as is the name of the person who drew the tree. Perhaps they were too worried about mobs of fans swarming their homes, going through their garbage, looking for some glimpse into their genius.

The blend of medias is breathtaking. The way the bright green of the tree highlights the expertly cropped publicity photo, it is like this cover was the idea when that picture was taken.

Almost as if the photographer told them, "It's 1992 now, but years from now, this photo will live on as a symbol of holiday spirit!"


And with that, I bid you all a Merry Christmas!!!

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Blogger Christopher Burton said...

On the one hand, Liberty Meadows #29. Yay!

On the other hand, Saved by the Bell?!?! Having you been dipping a little too much in the eggnog, Brian? ;)

12/25/2005 08:16:00 AM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...


12/25/2005 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous daniel apodaca said...

My favorite thing about the Byrne one is that if you don't see the gatefold, you might wonder why Robin's only wearing one shoe.

12/25/2005 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Harpo said...

15 seconds ago, before I saw the gatefold, I was thinking to myself "Why does Robin only have one shoe?" Really...

12/25/2005 09:36:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Foss said...

Yet Superman is wearing both boots, and it looks like Batman's wearing the same boot that's hanging up. And Wonder Girl doesn't even have a boot on the mantle...I guess she must celebrate Saturnalia or something.

12/26/2005 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Stéphane Garrelie said...

Hi Brian,

HOW is it I don't see amongst these 15 the cover of the LOBO VS SANTA CLAUS SPECIAL from 1990 or 91 (or maybe even 92) It was a great story and a great cover too (bad santa on his chair looking evil)
Stéphane Garrelie

12/26/2005 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Someone else asked about the Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special cover the other day, and all I can say is, "That cover wasn't that good."

I mean, the COMIC was good. It was fun.

The COVER, though, not so good.

If I were to add a 15th cover to the list (with everything moving up to displace Saved by the Bell), it would probably be the Ambush Bug Holiday Special.

12/26/2005 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous nayoro said...

I was hoping to see the Tick's Big Xmas Trilogy on the list, featuring 3 covers that fit together and featured tons of Tick fave characters.

12/26/2005 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I liked those covers, nayoro, but I decided I couldn't count them as "one" cover.

If I did, I would definitely have found a place on the list for them! They were quite good Christmas covers.

For those who have not seen them, check out the following three links...

12/26/2005 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's the guy with the glass face mask, decorating the tree?

He seems vaguely familiar from my childhood, but I can't remember anything about him.

12/27/2005 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Each of the characters is from a story inside the comic.

That facemask guy is Wildfire, from the Legion of Superheroes story inside the comic.

12/28/2005 04:42:00 AM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

So, does Batman, the World's Greatest Detective, already know what's inside his gift? Is he faking his perplexed expression? Has he bought OMACs for everyone else? Is Superman using his X-Ray vision, or is his present wrapped in "lead paper" as it was in that excellent Chrimble episode of JLU?

12/28/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I think that's what the lead on his present means, Kelvin!

12/28/2005 03:23:00 PM  
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