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Vote for the Greatest Christmas Comic Book Stories Ever Told!

I thought it would be fun to do a Greatest Stories Ever Told countdown for this year’s CSBG Advent Calendar.

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, November 30th to vote for your top ten favorite Christmas comic book stories. Your choices will be revealed starting on December 1st.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Christmas Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece). If you legitimately don’t think you can think of ten stories, I’ll still allow the ballot if you can think of at least six stories.

Please use your best judgment on what qualifies as a Christmas comic book story, but I think that it’s likely pretty evident. One note – for holiday anthologies, vote for the individual stories within the anthology not the anthology itself (so don’t vote for the 1991 Marvel Holiday Special or whatever).

I’d prefer you not share your votes in the comments section – please let’s keep it a surprise until the results go up. You can share your votes then if you’d like!

Have fun voting and be sure to check back beginning December 1st to see the results!

53 Comments

Hmmm, is there any good list or website to find Christmas comic book stories? I know there must be loads I’ve read but I can only think of 5.

I can only think of three. I liked two of them, and vaguely recall liking the third but can’t remember much about it.

I think any other ones I’ve read probably weren’t that memorable, so I may have to sit out this vote and watch and learn from the results…

So many X-men possibilities. I remember a Spectre story from Ostrander’s run too. And I’m sure I’m forgetting alot of others too.

The best Christmas story is written in Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-12. God was a fantastic plotter, and whoever did the lettering in my reprint is amazing. I think this run was later homaged by Brian K. Vaughn into the first arc of Saga.

Google Christmas comic book stories and you’ll find some sites. It’s been helpful to me–there were several I knew I wanted to recommend and couldn’t get the issue for.

@MonikerNV

I don’t normally like spoilers, but could you tell me how the story ended?

Look, we all know there’s only one comic book Christmas story. Just skip the voting and try to score an interview with Giffen about it.

I’m drawing an almost total blank. Right now Starman #27 by Robinson and Yeowell is the only one I can think of. Oh, and I guess the LOTDK special by Loeb/Sale.

One note – for holiday anthologies, vote for the individual stories within the anthology not the anthology itself (so don’t vote for the 1991 Marvel Holiday Special or whatever).

This is a really important point to clarify, because otherwise that’s exactly what I (and probably a lot of other people) would have done.

DC had so many that they put out a 17 story anthology of Xmas stories in 2003.

As is often the case for me and these lists, I wish we could vote for DCAU stuff; it’s hard to beat “Comfort and Joy”, the Justice League holiday special. It was a Dini masterpiece.

I can only think of the Kitty Pryde and Larfleeze stories off the top of my head.

There are some pretty hilarious Gintama Christmas stories, but I doubt many here would know them.

For my money, Plastic Man’s story of Santa beating the demon Neron in JLA #60 is one of the all-time greats.

IF YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE COMING UP WITH A LIST OF CHRISTMAS STORIES HERE’S A PARTIAL LIST:

CHRISTMAS STORIES FROM PREVIOUS CSBG “ADVENT CALENDARS”:
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/12/24/2012-comics-should-be-good-advent-calendar-24/
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2010/12/24/2010-comics-should-be-good-advent-calendar-24/
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/12/24/2009-comics-should-be-good-advent-calendar-24/
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/12/24/2008-comics-should-be-good-advent-calendar-24/
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/category/golden-age-christmas/

RECOMMENDATION LIST FOR CHRISTMAS COMICS (FROM TUMBLR):
http://25.media.tumblr.com/0214d7aa2ef16ed2e4dad8b1602ed35b/tumblr_mlqkx9qv5n1rpok63o1_1280.png

MISC. OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES:
Daredevil #7 from Waid’s run (this might be debatable, but I’d count this personally)
Our Army at War #241 (“Dirty Job” by Bob Haney and Alex Toth)
Flash v2 #73 (wherein Barry Allen Returns at the end)
Superman’s Christmas Adventure (1940)
Superman’s Christmas Adventure (1944 [same name different year/story])
Action Comics v1 #93, 105, 117
Adventures of Superman #487
Superman v2 #64, 76, 109, 165
JLA #60 (Plastic Man and Santa Claus)
Batman: The Long Halloween #3 (don’t know if this counts individually)
Marvel Two-In-One #8 (Thing & Ghost Rider)
Marvel Team-Up #1 (Spider-Man & Human Torch vs. Sandman)
Hitman #22
Batman #219 (“The Silent Night of the Batman”)
Brave and the Bold #148 (“The Night the Mob Stole XMas”)
“The Seal Men’s War on Santa Claus” from Best of DC Digest #22
Teen Titans v1 #13
Any story from Christmas With the Super-Heroes #1-2
Any story from The Batman Adventures Holiday Special
Any story from DCU Infinite Holiday Special #1
Any story from DC Universe Holiday Special #1 (2009)
Any story from DC Universe Holiday Special ’09
Any story from DCU Holiday Bash! I, II, or III
Any story from Punisher Holiday Special #1-3
Any story from Marvel Holiday Spectacular
Any story from Marvel Holiday Magazine 2011 #1-4
Any story from DC Universe Christmas
Any story from GLX-Mas Special #1
Any story from Marvel Comics Presents #18
Any story from Super-Star Holiday Special
Any story from Marvel Holiday Special (full list of issues: http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-holiday-special/4050-18442/)
Uncle Scrooge #296 – The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck – Chapter 12: The Richest Duck in the World

BRIAN PLEASE REPOST THIS LIST IN THE ARTICLE TO HELP PEOPLE OUT (AND REMEMBER TO REMOVE ANYTHING FROM IT THAT ISN’T ELLIGIBLE!)

There’s a reason Batman insisted on monitor duty for that story; Amazons don’t have Christmas, so he and Diana had plenty of time on their hands…

I’m sorry, but Giffen didn’t write the one Christmas comic book story I immediately thought of, unless he was working for DC in 1987 or thereabouts.

Mike van der Burg

November 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Will Eisner’s the Spirit Christmas story’s have my vote!

Giffen was certainly working for DC in ’87.

The Crazed Spruce

November 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Might have a bit of trouble with this one. All I can think of are a few Superman issues. And a Hawk and Dove one. Oooooh, and an Elseworlds story…..

Hey, I might just squeeze out a top 10 after all….

@LouReedRichards
It was a total Geoff Johns style “death”. Needlessly gruesome shock value stuff just to get everyone’s attention, then he was resurrected just a couple of chapters later.

@ hammard:

In addition to the prior Advent Calenders on this very site, some good places to start are:

- The twelve best DC Christmas stories (comicsalliance.com/dc-comics-holiday-specials/?)
- The eight best Marvel Christmas stories (http://comicsalliance.com/marvel-comics-holiday-specials/)
- No one has done a list of Archie Christmas comics, but you can buy a Kindle collection of them (http://www.amazon.com/Archie-Christmas-Classics/dp/1879794780).
- Fantagraphics published a Donald Duck collection (http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/walt-disney-s-donald-duck-christmas-gift-box-set-u.s.-canada-only.html?vmcchk=1), $50 seems a bit steep. Luckily, folks have pulled from it various places.
- There is a pretty good Marvel/DC heavy list here: http://www.ugo.com/comics/ill-be-doom-for-christmas

Can I just vote for the “Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special” ten times?

Hell, can I vote for it twenty times?

“Yes Virginia, there is a Santron” is a thing of beauty.

The Deadman/Kara story by Alan Brennert and Dick Giordano in “Christmas with the Super-Heroes” #2 is the only one that sticks in my brain. One of the best little stories DC ever published, if you ask me.

Can I vote for Dalarsco’s comment? Nice!

I figured I couldn’t vote for the ’91 Marvel Holiday Special as a whole, but I think you can get almost 10 great Christmas stories just from that one book. So good!

MonikerNV, love your comment.

Marvel Holiday Special ’91 is where it’s at, folks.

“The Deadman/Kara story by Alan Brennert and Dick Giordano in
“Christmas with the Super-Heroes” #2 is the only one that sticks
in my brain. One of the best little stories DC ever published, if you ask me.”

Steve beat me to it. It was the only story I thought of before I read the comments here.

The Hitman with the radioactive santa was pretty good, IIRC.

All I could think of is Daredevil #253, which is not only my favorite Christmas story, but also my favorite comic book.

There’s that weird, perfectly J.M. Dematteis issue of Marvel Team-Up with The Watcher where we find out that cool old Mr.Chekov, Aunt May’s boarder, has a junkie granddaughter who’s dating a drug dealer that he hasn’t heard from in years. She gets shot, there’s cocaine, and a Christmas Eve reunion in a hospital. Really gets you in the holiday spirit.

Any Duck are at the tippy top !

You know, the more of this voting things that Brian does, the more I think that maybe, just maybe, he’s addicted to tallying votes.

He’s done several voting things just this year.

I bet he voluteers at his local polling place just to be able to tally up how many people showed up.

And when they announce a special election…hoo boy, look out!

His favorite Bat villain is Mr Zsasz, followed closely by the Tally Man….

OK, I’ll stop now.

I find it hard to see the Deadman/Kara story not winning – but I’ll be very interested to see what else makes it.

I wish votes were public on this one as even with Google I’m only up to 7 stories.

@Dalarsco – Nice!

And of course the book was cancelled shortly thereafter.

@DanCJ

Yeah same here, having trouble coming up with 10…

I agree the Deadman/Kara is awesome. But I love Adams/Giordano’s Silent Night of the Batman.
There’s also the Impulse story where he explains to Max that of course Santa is completely plausible in the DC Universe (“Superman could lift that many toys, J’Onn J’Onzz could read minds to see who’s naughty …”)

The only ones I can remember that had any impact on me were Jurgens’ “Metropolis Mailbag”, where Superman answers requests during the holidays and Dini’s “Slayride” where Joker takes Robin (Tim Drake) captive and on a drive during Christmas time, shoots a fast food manager, and gets hit by a truck. I remember that one also because it leads up to the “Trust” two-parter.

EVERYONE LOOK A FEW POSTS UP!

There’s a huge list of Christmas stories in the comments section that should make it much easier for everyone to come up with 10 stories.

Everyone remember Raymond Briggs’s Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday!

And of course the Hellblazer one

For X-Fans that are stuck, here is list as well!

Uncanny X-Men 143
Uncanny X-Men 230
Uncanny X-Men 341
Uncanny X-Men 365
X-Men 109
X-Men 165
Wolverine Volume Two Issue 49
Marvel Holiday Special 1991
Marvel Holiday Special 1992
Marvel Holiday Special 1996 – Unto Others by Evan Skolnick and Josh Hood
Marvel Holiday Special 2004 – An X-Men X-Mas by Roberto Aguiree-Sacasa and Roger Cruz
Marvel Holiday Special 2006
Marvel Holiday Special 2009 – If the Fates Allow by Jim McCann and Todd Nauck

And for people who want to celebrate Thanksgiving :

Power Pack 19
X-Treme X-Men 19

coincidence?

[...] and they’re running a “readers pick” on the best Christmas comics ever told.  You can vote here.  I’m not going to get into the interweb PC questions about why other December holidays are [...]

@John Klein III — Even though this isn’t a list of Thanksgiving stories, remember that there was an excellent issue of JSA where the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America have Thanksgiving together.

Everyone remember Raymond Briggs’s Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday!

I was actually wondering if this would count. They are not comic books, but they very much are sequential art storytelling. Screw it. I’m voting for Father Christmas. If it doesn’t count, then I’ll only have nine blooming votes.

putting together my list.
Suspect my current favourite won’t do well (i.e. no-one else will vote for it)
I wondered about voting for the Christmas chapters of Maxwell the Magic Cat (which ask the question “what does Peregrine the pleasant panther” have in his Christmas stocking?”) but probably won’t and am not certain if it’s eligable

voted (Brian will see I wasn’t kidding or exagerating about the low chances for my number 1)

I’ll vote for ‘Happy!” by Morrison and Robertson.

So exciting, I bet that Daredevil #7 (2011) will score high. But even sticking only to the classic modern issues (80s-present) and skipping the recent releases this top 10 list will only be Marvel & DC (there’s just so many of them).

Comixology should gather as many as they can and offer a special sale for Christmas.

Oh Darn. I forgot to vote for Santa Doom.

I’m enjoying opening this advent calendar and though I missed the vote I’d like to do a shout out to the Marvel Holiday Special 1992 with the Daredevil story ‘Rapt Lamp’. In fact, that whole issue is very good. Don’t know if any of the other holiday specials were ever as good.

Night Prowler by Berni Wrighston from the early 1970s DC House of Mystery

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