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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 342

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

We continue the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with a cute JLA Christmas story from JLA #60 by Mark Waid, Cliff Rathburn and Paul Neary…


The issue opens with Plastic Man visiting with his pal Woozy and Woozy’s sister and nephew. Plas decided to spend some time with the sullen boy, which leads to him telling a story about when Santa Claus was made a member of the JLA!

The story is a cute tale of how the evil demonic Neron has decided to usurp Santa Claus by giving presents to kids BEFORE Christmas, but making it so that each present comes with a decidedly dark twist.

The JLA and Santa get involved, but the JLA is turned to coal and it comes down to Santa to save the day….

Guess what they’re looking at? I’ll give you a hint – it involves a jolly elf and a rocket pack.

Cliff Rathburn and Paul Neary did a wonderful job on the artwork for this story, which I believe was Waid’s last issue of JLA – and boy, what a way to go out!


Haha, that was pretty great! I like how the kid is so critical of the story.

I was hoping to see this issue. A great done-in-one by Waid. I love his description of how Plas should be used in JLA: “Comic relief, but functional comic relief.”

i was wondering if the issue would make the cut . for loved how Plas after telling his story can not move fast enough to get away from the kid and his curiosity over if Plas story was real and Santa did indeed get Jla member ship.

Matthew Johnson

December 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

Incidentally, Santa Claus was officially part of DC continuity from roughly 1983 to 1989.

Paul Neary is such an underrated inker.

“Plastic man’s JLA’ :)

That’s an ugly kid.

@Joe H, compared to all the hot kids in comics??!?!

No, seriously, I’m with Joe H, that kid is fugly.

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