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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 344

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 the 1996 Marvel Holiday Special!!


The main reason that I’m putting the 1996 Marvel Holiday Special on the list is because of the lead story, which is a delightfully clever tale by Mark Waid, Pat Olliffe and Brett Breeding. Waid sets the plot of the story up pretty well just in these sample pages, so I don’t even have to explain it to you…

Isn’t that an awesome story set-up?

What matters more for Jameson? Survival or beating Spider-Man?

The ending is quite good – be sure to seek it out!

The other stories in the special are not as good as the lead one, but there are still some strong pieces in the volume.

To wit, George Perez, Stan Lee, Rick Leonardi and Scott Koblish do an interesting story involving Silver Surfer learning why you shouldn’t put down “magic” stars…

The scenes with Surfer meeting other alien races who have similar religions is very interesting, and the way Surfer makes it up to the little girl is impressive.

Karl Kesel, Patrick Zircher and Scott Koblish tell an entertaining tale of the Rawhide Kid trying to save a hostage from some villains with futuristic technology…


cool was hoping the marvel holiday issue would make the list. espically jonah showing how much his desire to destroy spider man to the point of even risking death by freezing . too bad those type of issues are a thing of the past

Wow, sounds cool. I have a Marvel Holiday Special from ’91 (the Art Adams cover) and one from ’94, but I wasn’t sure how many more there were.

Olliffe was a great Spidey artist. Untold Tales was one of the best books ever.

Is this part of that early-90s Marvel Super-Hero series? I’ve read two issues (they were spring and fall, I think– I’m not sure; it’s been a long time), but none of the stories were very good. I wasn’t sure I should seek out any others. But these stories look really good.
Was Stan the scripter of the Surfer story? The sample page isn’t enough to tell if it’s really his style or not.
I really liked it when the Surfer stopped wearing pants back in 1987 and it always bugs me a little when some artist put them back on him after that.

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

December 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

@Mary Warner

Yes, Stan Lee wrote the Surfer story, while George Perez came up with the plot.

I’ve noticed something strange. When I went to look up some information on this edition on the Grand Comics Database, the Rawhide Kid story is incorrectly labeled as a Two-Gun Kid story. Odd.

Stan wrote a new short FF story in this year’s Marvel Holiday magazine too. But yikes, that $9.99 cover price

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