|Kingston C. Rockwell (kingrockwell) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-12-24 11:01 pm UTC
|Current music:||gene autry ~ "here comes santa claus"|
|Entry tags:||char: santa claus, creator: ivan reis, creator: joe prado, creator: matt cherniss, creator: peter johnson, publisher: dc comics, theme: holidays, title: christmas with the super-heroes, title: dc holiday special, title: dcu holiday bash, title: infinite holiday special|
Our story today is "The Man In Red" written by Matt Cherniss and Peter Johnson, with art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. About two and two-thirds of eight pages.
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Baby is rocketed away from a doomed planet, lands on Earth...
Taken in by a kindly couple.
Grows up to discover strange and wondrous abilities.
Filled with overwhelming urge to use these powers to help mankind...
...Sets off on his own, with his alien blankets re-purposed as a uniform.
Uses a crystal from his homeworld to form a fortress in the Artic.
Becomes a hero.
And now, holidays on parade!
If you've enjoyed these stories and would like to read them in full and more like them, these are the issues to track down! Look for them next time you're at your local comics store!
DC Special Series #21 (1980)
Cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Subtitled "Super-Star Holiday Special", this book includes a number of (at the time) original tales, including the Legion story, the House of Mystery story and the first Sgt. Rock story I posted earlier. It additionally has a story featuring Jonah Hex, and "Wanted: Santa Claus--Dead Or Alive!" featuring Batman, a story by Denny O'Neil and a very young Frank Miller.
Christmas With the Super-Heroes #1 (1988)
Cover by John Byrne
I didn't actually post anything from this book, but it reprints the same Legion story as well as the earlier mentioned "Wanted: Santa Claus--Dead Or Alive!" It also reprints the Batman story posted here, along with stories from DC Comics Presents #67, Justice League of America v1 #110 and Teen Titans v1 #13.
Christmas With the Super-Heroes #2 (1989)
Cover by Larry Mahlstedt
A collection of wonderful stories, including this Superman story, this first Wonder Woman story and this Deadman story. The book also includes a Batman story by Dave Gibbons and Gray Morrow, a silent Enemy Ace story by John Byrne and a JLA (well, GL and Flash, really) story by William Messner-Loebs and Colleen Doran! A definite treat, this one!
DCU Holiday Bash #1 (1997)
Cover by Rodolfo Damaggio and Robert Campanella
Here's a fun one. If you've been keeping up with my posts this season, you've actually seen parts of all of the stories in this book. From this Green Lantern story, this Lois story, this Flash story, the Etrigan short here, a Catwoman story here, this two-pager starring Alfred and last but not least, this one with Highfather and Orion, you should have a pretty good idea of whether you'll like this issue or not. I do! It was prolly the first I found, too.
DCU Holiday Bash #2 (1998)
Cover by Scott McDaniel and Kevin Nowlan
This one contains this Devin Grayson story starring Kyle and Connor, a classic two-pager featuring Darkseid and Santa Claus, and this second Sgt. Rock story. But there are more! Also included are a Batman Hanukkah story that I forgot earlier, A JSA story (with a guest appearance by one Jim Gordon!) by Howard Chaykin and Rick Burchett, a short about Superman's cape, a Black Lightning story that I'll be posting later, and a story starring Nightwing and Oracle by Devin Grayson and Brian Stelfreeze! Plus, it has these X-mas bonuses by Rick Burchett!
DCU Holiday Bash #3 (1999)
Cover by Rodolfo Damaggio and Robert Campanella
Including our second Wonder Woman story, the Robin story here, and a short featuring the Joker. Also within this issue is the impulse story post , this story featuring the World's Finest, and stories featuring Bat Lash and the Slab's inmates! Not to mention a Sergio Aragones pin-up!
Infinite Holiday Special (2006)
Cover by Howard Porter
A Scans_Daily favorite! Beyond the absolute classic that is Yes Tyrone, There Is A Santa Claus, this one-of-a-kind gem also features a Batwoman story, another featuring Shadowpact, another one with Supergirl and yesterday's story from Bart's stint as the Flash. Not posted is one with the newly-resurrected Hal Jordan and a Trials of Shazam story with awful art. Seek this one out!
DC Universe Holiday Special (2008)
Cover by Frank Quitely
Alongside bookend pin-ups by Sterling Gates and Karl Kerschl, last year's special includes this Huntress story, tonight's story, and all these stories here! In addition, it has a Batman story by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, a Doctor Light story, and an Aquaman story no one cares about because it was written by Didio.
DC Universe Holiday Special '09 (2009)
Cover by Dustin Nguyen
Featuring an Angel and the Ape short, maybe the last Wally story we'll have in a while ):, a summary of Hanukkah with Ragman, a silent Batman tale, and our third Sgt. Rock story, and a whole lot more! The Source has been posting samples from this issue over the last couple weeks, so go take a look! I particularly enjoyed the Martian Manhunter story by Fred Van Lente and Nick Dragotta.
Your LCS may still have copies!
In addition to these, there are some other notable holiday specials that I don't personally have. (covers and info courtesy of comicbookdb.com)
Limited Collectors' Edition C-34 (1975)
Cover by Nick Cardy
Subtitled "Christmas With the Super-Heroes", this issue features reprints of Action Comics #117, Batman #239, Captain Marvel Adventures #69, and Teen Titans #13, as well as a new Angel and the Ape story!
Limited Collectors' Edition C-43 (1976)
Also subtitled "Christmas with the Super-Heroes", this one reprints Adventure Comics #82, Batman #219, House of Mystery #191 and Sensation Comics #14.
Batman Adventures Holiday Special (1994)
Cover by Bruce Timm
Containing a five DCAU tales, including White Christmas and The Harley and The Ivy.
A DC Universe Christmas TPB (2000)
Cover by Ty Templeton
Collecting stories from Adventure Comics #82, Captain Marvel Adventures #69, House of Mystery #191, Sensation Comics #14, Superman's Christmas Adventure, Teen Titans #13, the enemy Ace story from Christmas With the Super-Heroes #2, The Legion and Batman stories from DC Special Series #21, the Flash story from DCU Holiday Bash #1, the Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Superman and Darkseid stories from DCU Holiday Bash #2, the Robin, Bat Lash and Impulse stories from DCU Holiday Bash #3, and the Harley/Ivy story from the Batman Adventures Holiday Special. A certain treasure if you can find it!
Tomorrow: We may be taking a break from the DC stories, but we're not through yet! Next time, drop in with me to Snap City and see how Madman spends his holidays!