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Test Your Comic Book Knowledge for Christmas!

The following 20 descriptions describe issues of monthly comic book series dealing with Christmas. For each plot description, tell me the comic book it describes (no need for issue numbers).

Enjoy!

1. A hero learns that the city took a day off from crime to give him a day of rest.

2. A demon encounters a super villainess on a Christmas “shopping” spree, as the demon searches for the true meaning of Christmas.

3. A beginner superhero settles in in a new town at Christmas, fights a bad guy, and canoodles with a new teammate.

4. Two heroes follow a super villain, only to discover he’s visiting his mother for the holidays.

5. The protagonist of the book tussles with a super villain playing Santa Claus at a mall.

6. A hero discovers that one of his co-workers (in his secret identity) is spending Christmas at their job – because she LIVES there!!

7. A villain disguises himself as Santa Claus and fights with the hero until the hero learns that all the villain wants is a Christmas ornament, so the hero just lets the villain take it.

8. Lone heroine faces off against a demon at Christmas time.

9. A hero finds himself framed for a series of robberies during the holidays, and encounters a quartet of fellow super heroines who are determined to stop him.

10. A younger superhero and his older mentor bond as they spend Christmas together (even doing a patrol together)…but the hero’s life is turned upside down when his Christmas wish appears to have come true!

11. A hero spends his holiday helping a homeless man find a stolen locket that is the only reminder of his dead family.

12. Abnormal Christmas heat wave occurs at the same time as a big CRIME wave.

13. Superhero regales the nephew of his best friend with a story about superheroes teaming up with Santa Claus.

14. A superhero reads all of the Christmas mail sent to him.

15. A group of superheroes perform a real life “A Christmas Carol” on a Scrooge-like man.

16. A hero and his wife find themselves evicted, just in time for Christmas!

17. A heroine confronts someone at Christmastime who tormented her when she was growing up in an orphanage.

18. The protagonist is hired to hunt down a radioactive Santa Claus.

19. A hero helps an old friend whose son has gotten caught up with a bad crowd…and could a super villain possibly be involved?

20. While Christmas shopping for his son, a hero gets caught in a brawl with a “Grinch” analogue.

Merry Christmas!

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8. Kitty Pryde in Byrne’s final X-Men story. (143?)

3. green lantern, kyle
13. plastic man in jla
16. the amazing spiderman

1. is a Batman story from the early 70s

6. is a great story from Adventures of Superman

I’m disappointed you didn’t put a synopsis from the Christmas issue of Batman and the Outsiders:

“Hero finds friend has attempted suicide because of sexual harrassing professor and goes to get medieval on said professor’s ass, so team leader sends Superman to get medieval on hero’s ass. And it’s set at Christmas for some reason.”

oh, and 14 is Dan Jurgens’ Metropolis Mailbag from (I think) Superman.

4. Marvel Team-Up? At least it’s the Torch, Spider-Man and Sandman.

5. Incredible Hulk (vs. The Abomination, I think)

8. Uncanny X-Men (Kitty Pryde)

A lot of the other ones seems familiar, too, but I can’t pin them down.

12. Flash, from Mark Waid’s run

4. Marvel Team-Up, the Sandman is being followed.
5. Hulk, vs. Rhino, classic.
6. Adventures of Superman
8. Uncanny X-Men
10. Robin?
12. JSA?
14. Superman
17. Spider-Man
18. Punisher?
19. Catwoman?
Guesses, lots of guesses.

Number 5 is a classic Peter David story from The Incredible Hulk. The villain was the Rhino, who was only trying to pick up some extra money (legally) for Christmas. Since he’s stuck in that costume, dressing as Santa was a good option, though the kids started to tick him off. There’s all sorts of great moments in this one, with a little girl breaking up the Hulk/Rhino fight by asking why the grey man is beating up Santa Cluas, Hulk as Rhino’s “Santa’s helper,” Rick Jones getting kicked in the shin by a sick kid in a hospital…

15. Teen Titans…got that from the DCU holiday collection. Ye Gods, that was a cheesy story.

18. Hitman…a great story through and through.

Damn, I wish I could edit stuff…then I wouldn’t have to post twice.

10. Impulse/Max Mercury. It wasn’t in Bart’s book, but in a DC holiday special issue. Written by Waid and Grayson, if I remember correctly.

6. Adventures of Superman, where we discovered that the intern (Alice?) seen since Byrne’s days on the book actually lived at the Daily Planet. Is she ever featured in the book anymore?

8. Uncanny X-Men #143, the Kitty Pryde “Alien” issue. Fun story.

11. The Jack Knight Starman.

14. Dan Jurgens did about 3 Superman stories with this theme. They should bring that tradition back.

15. The Outsiders #5. Cheesy story, but fun.

16. The Amazing Spider-Man, when Michelline & McFarlane were on the book. Memorable cover.

Is number 18 the first Batman story Frank Miller drew, “Wanted: Santa Claus — Dead or Alive”?

11 is Starman, right? #27, 27, thereabouts.

#10 was the issue of the Flash that came immediately before The Return of Barry Allen story during Waid’s run. Wally and Jay go out on patrol, and at the end, “Barry” shows up at Jay’s door.

15. Teen Titans (60s original)

And that’s ALL! Nothing else rang the slightest bell.

Hey, Brian! Where are last week’s answers?

They’re there. I posted them last night. :)

7 Batman Adventures? The Animated one, isn’t it Clayface as Santa?
18 is Hitman

17. Green Lantern – right after Emerald Knights when Kyle was off world and Jade was Green Lantern

20. Thor – while Eric Masterson possessed the power of Thor; the “grinch” character was stealing toys for homeless children, Thor trys to stop him, then feels bad when he realizes what the monster was trying to do; at the end of the issue he decides not to turn him into the authorities, and Captain America gives Eric a lecture about how he doesn’t trust him and that he needs learn to do the right thing

8. Lone heroine faces off against a demon at Christmas time.

– This one sounds like X-Men #143, featuring Kitty

16. A hero and his wife find themselves evicted, just in time for Christmas!

– This is Amazing Spider-Man…#314? I remember the McFarlane cover with Peter & Mary Jane on the curb…

ANSWERS!

1. A hero learns that the city took a day off from crime to give him a day of rest. – BatmAn
2. A demon encounters a super villainess on a Christmas “shopping” spree, as the demon searches for the true meaning of Christmas. – Action Comics
3. A beginner superhero settles in in a new town at Christmas, fights a bad guy, and canoodles with a new teammate. – Green Lantern
4. Two heroes follow a super villain, only to discover he’s visiting his mother for the holidays. – Marvel Team-Up
5. The protagonist of the book tussles with a super villain playing Santa Claus at a mall. – Incredible Hulk
6. A hero discovers that one of his co-workers (in his secret identity) is spending Christmas at their job – because she LIVES there!! – Adventures of Superman
7. A villain disguises himself as Santa Claus and fights with the hero until the hero learns that all the villain wants is a Christmas ornament, so the hero just lets the villain take it. – Iron Man
8. Lone heroine faces off against a demon at Christmas time. – Uncanny X-Men
9. A hero finds himself framed for a series of robberies during the holidays, and encounters a quartet of fellow super heroines who are determined to stop him. – Spider-Man: Tangled Web (Darwyn Cooke!)
10. A younger superhero and his older mentor bond as they spend Christmas together (even doing a patrol together)…but the hero’s life is turned upside down when his Christmas wish appears to have come true! – Flash
11. A hero spends his holiday helping a homeless man find a stolen locket that is the only reminder of his dead family. – Starman
12. Abnormal Christmas heat wave occurs at the same time as a big CRIME wave. – Flash
13. Superhero regales the nephew of his best friend with a story about superheroes teaming up with Santa Claus. – JLA
14. A superhero reads all of the Christmas mail sent to him. – Superman
15. A group of superheroes perform a real life “A Christmas Carol” on a Scrooge-like man. – Teen Titans
16. A hero and his wife find themselves evicted, just in time for Christmas! – Amazing Spider-Man
17. A heroine confronts someone at Christmastime who tormented her when she was growing up in an orphanage. – Green Lantern
18. The protagonist is hired to hunt down a radioactive Santa Claus. – Hitman
19. A hero helps an old friend whose son has gotten caught up with a bad crowd…and could a super villain possibly be involved? – Fantastic Four
20. While Christmas shopping for his son, a hero gets caught in a brawl with a “Grinch” analogue. – Thor

Hope you had fun!

Hard to believe Christmas is already around the corner!

Everyone says #5 was the Hulk, which may very well be true, but it’s also an accurate description of Spectacular Spider-Man #112. Spidey didn’t fight Santa at the mall, but the Santa-crook did work there, so the description still fits, due to the vagueness of the English language. He wasn’t a SUPER-villain, though, so maybe that disqualifies it.

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