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The Greatest Christmas Stories Ever Told! – #21

The countdown continues with 1967’s “The TT’s Swingin’ Christmas Carol!” from Teen Titans #13 by Nick Cardy and Bob Haney.

This awesome issue opens with the Titans hanging out reading together (how much better would a team comic be these days if it opened up with the cast of the book just reading together?)…

They are soon dragged into the drama of a teenager named Tiny Tom Ratchet, whose father works for a junkyard owner named Mr. Scrounge. Mr. Scrounge is letting some bad guys use his junkyard as their base while they use a bizarre machine that turns awesome material into scrap and then when it gets to Scrounge’s junkyard as scrap, they then turn it back into the original awesome stuff (Like fancy cars and the like). You might be asking yourself, “Uh…what crime are they actually committing here?” And the answer is, I kid you not, the avoidance of paying duty on the stuff the buy overseas. Yes, this is the plot of the bad guys of this issue. They are buying fancy cars in Europe, using a machine to turn them into scrap, sending them to Scrounge’s junkyard as scrap and then turning them back into fancy cars…to avoid paying duty on the fancy cars. How insanely moronically awesome is that?

So anyhow, Tiny Tom tells the Titans about the plot…

The Titans go visit Scrounge, right when he is being accosted by his old business partner, Farley, who has just escaped from prison to give his old partner a piece of his mind. The slow on the uptake Titans JUST at this point realized that all of the people in this drama were like the cast of A Christmas Carol, so they then decide to haunt Scrounge…

The bad guys now on the scene, the Titans tussle with them but the bad guys use their fancy machines to take the Titans out of the fight (yes, they seem to be willing to kill people to protect their plot to avoid paying duty on cars they bought overseas). By the way, check out Cardy’s good girl art for Wonder Girl…yikes…

Anyhow, Scrounge proves himself to be a good guy in the end…

IT’s a very cute story with AMAZING art from the late, great Nick Cardy.

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Maybe I’ll dig up a Showcase Titans. This really was awesome art. I’ll even slog through the bizarre dialog for it! Can’t be much worse than Stan Lee on Spider-Man.

So Aquaman is wet and wild, eh?

All I want for Christmas are Wonder Girl’s two front…yeah, I won’t finish that.

I’m assuming Bob Haney was the writer? Or not?

The first story from my list to make it, although hopefully not the last.

And Wonder Girl really rocks that sexy Santa dress, doesn’t she?

Didn’t vote for it, but I am very fond of it.
While I agree it’s not a world-shaking threat, smuggling to avoid dues, taxes and fees has been a popular criminal activity for centuries, so it’s not that bizarre. Particularly not for the Titans who did relatively small-scale stuff like helping runaways and school dropouts (the teens-helping-teens angle is one of the things that made them distinctive back then).
And a resounding Yes! on Wonder Girl and Cardy.

now going to have to try and get the showcase titans this story is end for even if the titans sixties dialog had them set as maybe part of the hippies culture still can’t pass up a timeless story like a christmas carol

Did Cardy ink his own work? Because the inking on these pages is really good. It looks very ahead of its time.

I just noticed Aqualad’s reading Aquaman, Wonder Girl’s reading Wonder Woman, and Kid Flash reads … Superman.

Ha! That was the first thing I noticed too, Fraser!

Also, man, why is it that I never seem to find out about these amazing artists until they’ve passed? No wonder Cardy was one of DC’s go-to cover artists, nearly every drawing in those pages looks like it could be a cover.

You have to love the use of slang in the olden days.

As someone who was reading comics back in the Silver Age, it amazes me how art just didn’t register with me at all back then. It wasn’t until my teen years that I realized how much of a difference it made to how I enjoyed the story.

Nostalgia aside what’s with all that Silver Age love (or wacky Golden Age stories) ? Just because it was cute when you were a kid doesn’t mean it’s good right now and there’s plenty of better suited stuff if it’s a “best of” list.

Do the big two even do Christmas stories anymore? Maybe that’s why this “best of” list seems to be so old. Besides, just because the stories are older than you it doesn’t mean they’re not good.

Man, you can’t beat Cardy’s sense of style and composition. His pages are beautifully laid out and rendered.

–B

If you get a chance, search for hNick Cardys’ pencils.

They are highly detailed and beautifully rendered.

I remember reading that Nick was so detailed to give all the information to the inker he could. He didn’t want to leave anything to chance. I think the sad part of Cary’s career was he was stuck with some of the lamest writers of all time. Bob Handely is only popular today due to the pure audacity he had in telling a tale.

There’s something hilarious about having a Bob Haney-written Silver Age DC comic calling Dickens “Corny”

@urbanlegend — Nostalgia aside what’s with all that Silver Age love (or wacky Golden Age stories) ? Just because it was cute when you were a kid doesn’t mean it’s good right now and there’s plenty of better suited stuff if it’s a “best of” list.

Are you even being serious or did you just write the worst comment in the history of CSBG?

Nah, it’s not “the worst comment in the history” :) I’m not exactly bashing this Teen Titans adventure (it’s not that bad) but there’s a lot of great Christmas issues out there to choose from.

I think the point is that you were acting like there’s something wrong with the list being two Golden Age stories and one Silver Age story so far (and one modern story of course).

Keep in mind that these are all at the BOTTOM of the list, meaning the modern stuff likely dominated the top spots.

I was too young when this came out and DC’s profile in the UK was much smaller then Marvel’s so I missed out on the early adventures of Wonder Chick and the gang.
Not groovy
You dig?

Awww, yeah – Titans!

“They are soon dragged into the drama of a teenager named Tiny Tom Ratchet, whose father works for a junkyard owner named Mr. Scrounge. Mr. Scrounge is letting some bad guys use his junkyard as their base while they use a bizarre machine that turns awesome material into scrap and then when it gets to Scrounge’s junkyard as scrap, they then turn it back into the original awesome stuff (Like fancy cars and the like). You might be asking yourself, “Uh…what crime are they actually committing here?” And the answer is, I kid you not, the avoidance of paying duty on the stuff the buy overseas.”

God, I love Bob Haney.

Nick Cardy was really at the top of his game here. I really wish DC would release some collections focusing on his work, at least an art book collecting a bunch of his covers.

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