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Snark Free Corner for Christmas Eve

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

SNARK FREE EXCEPTION!

I have, in the past, complained about a specific plot device that I see used far too often in serialized fiction, which is the “Oh, but maybe it WAS ____” bit. I recently wrote about it after seeing a few Magnum PI episodes in a row (from the early years), and they used this device what seemed like every other episode.

To wit, “There are no such thing as Tiki gods,” and a rational explanation is given for the events, but then, at the end, something happens that makes the characters say, “Oh, but maybe it WAS a Tiki god!!”

Or, similarly, “There are no such thing as ghosts,” and a rational explanation is given for the events, but then, at the end, something happens that makes the characters say, “Oh, but maybe it WAS a ghost!!”

I think this is not a great plot device, but I will make a SNARK FREE EXCEPTION for one usage of this device – I don’t mind it when it shows up in Christmas stories, like the JLA issue where Plastic Man teams up with Santa Claus…

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Plastic Man is telling Woozie Winks’ nephew a story of Santa Claus teaming up with the Justice League, but little Weezer doesn’t believe him – until Santa Claus shows up himself!!

Now PLASTIC MAN is puzzled – Santa Claus IS real?

But a rational explanation is given – Martian Manhunter was nearby, and pretended to be Santa Claus.

But then we see the REAL Santa Claus watching!!

Cute.

Any other good examples of this Christmas plot device you can think of in comics?

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

What is the best comic-related Christmas present you’ve ever received?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Find me a Holiday-themed cover featuring Black Canary on the cover!!

Floating heads don’t count!!

Here is an example (which you can’t use! )….

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Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

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3. This character works for Santa Claus.
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4. This character often screws up his magical assignments.
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5. This character appears in Archie Comics.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

26 Comments

Is that Frank Cho’s signature on the Mosaic cover? Plus Jim Balent and Mark Beachum on art? That is one awesome issue.

Best comic related Xmas gift I once got was a near complete run of Crisis On Infinite Earths (minus issue #7 which my Dad couldn’t find in those pre-internet days) when I was about 11 or 12.

As for the cover theme game- I’m going with the obvious and say that they are all Xmas themed.

The three covers all have x-mas trees in it.

Merry x-mas to one and all.

Tom

The best comic-related Christmas present I ever got was a Michael Keaton Batcave in 1990, when I was six. Is that comic-related enough?

Also, for the cover challenge – there’s this, which I read last week and which features the line “We’ll haunt you out of your grotty mind,” courtesy of Bob Haney.

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Cover theme game answer:
JLA 188. A special issue featuring a Chanukah story, see: http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/Atom.html

Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate

Cliff Rathburn drew that JLA ish?

Rock!

It’s not Cho- It’s Cully Hammer.

There could be a Santa Claus in the DCU. In a holiday story from Mark Waid and Devin Grayson, Max Mercury is disturbed that somebody as “old” as Impulse would still believe in Santa, and Bart’s all, “He wears a red suit, flies around, knows when you’re sleeping…what’s weird about that?”

Heh…lead wrapping paper. That was just as funny in the Justice League holiday episode.

Who Is It : Jingles, the Christmas Elf.

Finally, my years of Archie reading pay off.

I think the third cover would be funnier if Batman had opened tube socks…

Oh, forgot – I had it at clue 3, but confirmed it with the final one.

Ray Cornwall said:
“It’s not Cho- It’s Cully Hammer.”

Okay, thanks. I thought it was weird to see what looked like Cho’s signature there. I had forgotten about Hamner drawing that series back then.

Jesse Letourneau

December 25, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Best comic related gift:
Last December, I was unable to pick up my subscriptions at my LCS. I had 3-4 weeks sitting in my box.

My mom went to the store and picked my books up, wrapped them, and put them under the tree!

Best comic related Xmas gift I once got was a near complete run of Crisis On Infinite Earths (minus issue #7 which my Dad couldn’t find in those pre-internet days) when I was about 11 or 12.

That must have been quite the endeavor!!

As for the cover theme game- I’m going with the obvious and say that they are all Xmas themed.

The obvious is against the rules, sorta! :)

And very cool Christmas present, Jesse!

How many books is 3-4 weeks for you?

The best comic related Christmas gift I ever got is one I get every year. My mother in law gets me a $50 gift certificate to my LCS for Christmas and my birthday each year. I have one of the cool sets of in laws. Also, this year my wife picked up Uncanny X-Men 96, 105, and 111 for me at a half price back issue sale. She also got me a Professor X Marvel Legends figure when we were still dating.
It’s nice having a wife who not only tolerates my “habit” but occasionally encourages it also.

Best comics Christmas gift – Avengers #2 (1963). Around 1990, I saw this on sale for a meager $10.00. Having no job, I couldn’t get it myself. I immediately told my mother where it was, what it was, and what it was really worth. It was a merry Christmas indeed.

For the cover challenge, I want to say that they all feature a super-hero sibling. But, I’m not sure which character on the GLM cover that applies to. So, I may have disqualified myself.

Back-in-the-day, the Sears Wishbook would have a special Marvel gift set that was a box that was longer than a shortbox and shorter than a longbox and every issue Marvel published in either October or November.

That gift set was my Christmas present two years in a row (which, I think, are the only years they did it) and introduced me to a lot of title that I otherwise wasn’t interested in. It’s what turned me into the Marvel Zombie I was in the 80s.

Theno

Best comic related Christmas gift: Well, I had all the original Sandman TPs with the original covers (before they revised the trade dress so all the spines looked uniform). All except one, the final collection which was The Wake. Unfortunately they were all out of print by this time, and anal as I am, I didn’t want to get the new trade dress and ruin my run of the un-uniform spines. My then girlfriend (now wife) and my friend hunted down the desired version of the TP for me, and found it… it was from the British publication of the TPs. They had it shipped over from a European retailer, wrapped it up, and voila, my collection was finally complete! Yes, I was very pleasantly surprised.
-r-

Also, like some of the above comments, my (then future) mother-in-law once went to my LCS and purchased my 4 weeks worth of comics that were waiting there for me. Fortunate, because I’d been so busy that I hadn’t been able to make it there to pick them up myself, and I was worried that they would put them back on the shelf before I could get there.
-r-

I got the Dark Phoenix tpb when I was 10 or 11, and it was the comic that made me a fan for life.

My cousing gave me all of his comics for Christmas one year as he was ‘too old’ for them….

Infinity War / Gauntlet
Acts of Vengeance
Youngblood 1-15
PAD Incredible Hulk
and a few others

Oh, and Avengers #4. Yep, you read that right.

Pretty close to the cover theme, Theno!

And wow, that’s a lot of cool Christmas presents, folks!

The Indestructible Man

December 26, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Best comic-related present? The year my brother got me the ENTIRE run of Sandman trades. Still my favorite present…

This year, my brother picked me up a set of Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots, but instead of robots, it’s Superman Vs. Metallo!

Best comic gift:

When I was young, I got a few issues of Wonder Woman in my stocking. Something about the Silver Serpent. I enjoyed them, repeatedly, over the years.

Why is it the best? Well, when I was looking to expand from Elfquest, it was Wonder Woman who I went for, because of those comics years ago. Which then drew me into more comics (She did a guest shot in Superman right as I needed reading material for a trip). And then it went from there.

It just shows – Plant those seeds early, you never know what may grow later!

My best comic related xmas gift would probably be the entire run of the original X-Factor series up to that point (this was around the Fall of the Mutants) omitting all the issues I already had. I still don’t know how Santa Claus knew what issues I had and which ones I didn’t.

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