50 Comic Book Christmas Covers!


‘Tis the season for some holiday themed comic book cover exploration.  The last time we looked at a list like this, it was just before the US Presidential Elections and we explored comic books with US Presidents from Earth-1218 through the ages and decades.  We’ve also very recently looked at 50 Marvel Monsters through the years. Today, we shall look at some comic book covers with holiday themes.  Let us know in the comments which Christmas-themed covers are your favorites!

Out today, December 21st, is this 10th issue of Harley Quinn volume 3.

Writer: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Artist: Moritat and Bret Blevins and Joseph M. Linsner
Cover Artist: Amanda Conner



From DC/Vertigo, also released 12/21/16, comes Lucifer volume 2 # 3.

Writer: Holly Black – Richard Kadrey
Artist: Marco Rudy – Ben Templesmith
Cover Artist: Dave Johnson
Also out 12/21/16 comes two covers for Annual #1 of Power Man and Iron Fist volume 3:
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Cover Artist 1: Jamal Campbell
Cover Artist 2: Trevor Von Eeden
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Now, we’ll travel back to a golden age of ten centers with this, Batman # 33 from February of 1946.

Writer: Bill Finger
Artist: Win Mortimer
Cover Artist : Dick Sprang


Next, we have the ever-popular Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special #1 from 1991.

Writer: Keith Giffen
Artist: Simon Bisley / Keith Giffen
Cover Artist : Simon Bisley


Amazing Spider-man # 314 (April 1989)

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Todd McFarlane
Cover Artist : Todd McFarlane
Sensation Comics #38 came out with a print date of February 1945 featuring one of  Wonder Woman’s lesser-used alias “Miss Santa Claus”.
Writer: William Marston
Artist: Harry Peter
Cover Artist : Harry Peter
Captain Marvel Adventures # 19 from January of 1943.
Writer: Otto Binder
Artist: C.C. Beck
Cover Artist : C.C. Beck
The Punisher: Silent Night One-Shot hit shelves in 2006 as one of the Marvel Knights titles.
Writer: Andy Diggle
Artist: Kyle Hotz
Cover Artist : Mike Deodato, Jr.
This is Teen Titans # 13 which was on shelves at the start of 1968.
Writer: Bob Haney
Artist: Nick Cardy
Cover Artist : Nick Cardy
Image Comics released The Savage Dragon #103 in 2002.
Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Erik Larsen
Cover Artist : Erik Larsen
Judge Dredd # 6 from the second volume via Quality Comics (1986).
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Steve Dillon
Cover Artist : Brett Ewins
“Christmas Riddle” is the plot for 1996’s Batman and Robin Adventures #3.
Writer: Paul Dini
Artist: Ty Templeton
Cover Artist : Ty Templeton
“HO HO HOMICIDE!”  This is Iron Man #254 from March of 1990
Writer: Bob Layton, Sr.
Artist: Bob Layton, Sr.
Cover Artist : Bob Layton, Sr.
Superman # 165 came out in 2001
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Ed McGuinness
Cover Artist : Ed McGuinness
Harvey Comics release Black Cat Comics # 27 in 1951
Writer: Bob Haney
Artist: Leopold Elias
Cover Artist : Leopold Elias
The Spectacular Spider-man # 112
Writer: Peter A. David
Artist: Mark Beachum
Cover Artist : Kyle Baker
Next up we have Daredevil # 229 from 1986
Writer: Frank Miller
Artist: David Mazzucchelli
Cover Artist : David Mazzucchelli
2015 saw the breakout character Gwenpool with her own holiday special:
Writer: Charles Soule, Margaret Stohl, Gerry Duggan, Christopher Hastings
Artist: Foss, Beyruth, Gedeon
Cover Artist : Kris Anka
Wolverine # 49 came out in 2007
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Laurence Campbell
Cover Artist : Laurence Campbell
Spawn # 39. The story is entitled “Noel”.
Writer: Todd McFarlane
Artist: Greg Capullo
Cover Artist : Greg Capullo / Todd McFarlane
Issue #6 was the last in this short run from 1971’s Hot Wheels by DC.
Story is “The Humbug Run”
Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Neal Adams
Cover Artist : Neal Adams
The Top Cow holiday Special featuring Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle:
Writer: Paul Dini
Artist: Stephanie Gladden
Cover Artist : Stephanie Gladden
Flash #87  from 1987 with the tagline “Christmas Rush!”.  Note the image depicted is a DCUniverse UPC logo variant which were typically sold in 3-packs and multi-packs.
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Mike Wieringo
Cover Artist: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
1974’s 8th issue of Marvel Tw0-In-One had a story called “Silent Night … Deadly Night”.
Writer: Stephen Gerber
Artist: Sal Buscema
Cover Artist : Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott
Uncanny X-Men # 143 came out in 1981.
Writer: John Byrne and Chris Claremont
Artist: John Byrne
Cover Artist : Terry Austin
More X-Men.  This is X-Men # 109.  Also the first appearance of “Sage”.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: Thomas Derenick
Cover Artist : Lenil F. Yu
This one is also X-men-ish: “What The ?!” issue #10 was the “X-Mas Special”, evoking the lettering on the X-Men title.
Writer: Kelly Corvese
Artist: John Byrne
Cover Artist : John Byrne
Sgt. Rock # 21 from DC Comics from 1992
Writer: Rob Kanigher
Artist: Joe Kubert
Cover Artist : Joe Kubert
The last issue of Bizarre Adventures, issue 34, was a Christmas cover
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Artist: Alan Kupperberg
Cover Artist : Joe Jusko
The Adventures of Superman # 487. “Christmas in Suicide Slumberland” is the tagline.
Writer: Gerry Ordway
Artist: Tom Grummett
Cover Artist : Gerry Ordway
Grimm Fairy Tales: Holiday Editions # 1 from Zenescope Entertainment came in 2009
Writer: Joe Brusha
Artist: Dashong, Rearte, Spay
Cover Artist : “Franchesco!” and Don MacKinnon
Next we have a book from Image Comics called “Glory and Friends Christmas Special.” From 1995
Writer: Rob Liefeld
Artist: Rob Liefeld
Cover Artist : Mike Deodato, Jr.
A holiday One-Shot from Marvel Comics called GLX-Mas
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Matt Haley, Georges Jeanty, Ty Templeton, Paul Grist, Mike Kazaleh
Cover Artist : Paul Pelletier
“Twas The Fright Before Christmas” was the story in 1984’s DC Comics Presents # 67
Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Kurt Swan
Cover Artist : Jose Garcia-Lopez
And now we have JSA # 55 with a story called “Be Good For Goodness Sake”.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Leonard Kirk
Cover Artist : Carlos Pacheco and Hi-Fi Colour Design
Guy Gardner: Warrior issue # 39 came out in 1996 courtesy of DC Comics.
“Merriment, Mistletoe and … Mayhem!”
Writer: Beau Smith
Artist: Marc Campos
Cover Artist : Dan Davis and Joe Phillips
In 1996, Marvel launched a new volume of Fantastic Four. This is the “holiday variant” for issue # 4.
Writer: Brandon Choi, Jim Lee
Artist: Jim Lee
Cover Artist : Whilce Portacio
Next is issue # 25 from the 2004 volume of DC’s “Teen Titans Go” title.
Writer: Joseph Torres
Artist: Todd Nauck
Cover Artist : Sean Galloway
Action Lab Comics partnered with ComicXposure to produce this variant cover for Zombie Tramp # 5.
Writer: Jason Martin and Dan Mendoza
Artist: Dennis Budd
Cover Artist : James Rodriguez
From Maximum Press (an image imprint) came Santa The Barbarian in 1996
Writer: Robert Fleming
Artist: Dan Fraga
Cover Artist : Dan Fraga
The Hellboy Christmas Special by Dark Horse Comics from 1997.
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Gary Gianni
Cover Artist : Gary Gianni
Marvel Comic’s The Sensation She-Hulk #8 had a holiday cover.
Nick St. Christopher came to help her find a serial killer loose in New York City
Writer: John Byrne
Artist: John Byrne
Cover Artist : John Byrne
Klaus from Boom! Studios dives in to the myth and magic behind the red suit. Here is issue #1.
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist : Dan Mora
This Marvel book from 1974 has a rather long title:  “Marvel Treasury Special, Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-bag”.
Writer: Roy Thomas, Stan Lee
Artist:Wally Wood, Gene Colan, Jack Kirby
Cover Artist : John Buscema, Roy Thomas
Here’s an interesting one: Samauri Santa from Solson Publications (1986). The inker on this was none other than Jim Lee.  “A Samauri on 34th Street”.
Writer: Phil Clarke
Artist: Don Secrease
Cover Artist: Rich Buckler
Here is issue # 4 from the 12-issue run on Blade. “Not a creature was stirring because Blade had all stabbed ’em!”
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Howard Chaykin
Cover Artist: Marko Djurdjevic
Swinging back to the Golden Age and 1945, Batman # 45 featured a holiday cover
Writer: Bob Kane + William Woolfolk
Artist: Charles Paris
Cover Artist: Win Mortimer and Ira Schnapp
Another Punisher book, this one is Punisher: Red X-Mas. It is a Marvel Comics one-shot from 2005.
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Artist: Mark Texeira
Cover Artist: Mark Texeira
2005’s X-Men # 165 by Marvel Comics  features Rachel, Kitty, X-23 and Emma.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Artist: Salvador Larroca and Liquid!
DC Comics released Hitman # 22 in 1998. The story is “The Santa Contract”.
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: John McCrea
Cover Artist: John McCrea
1991 saw the release of Marvel Comic’s The Incredible Hulk # 378
Writer: Peter A. David
Artist: Bill Jaaska
Cover Artist: Bill Jaaska and Bob McLeod
And with that, folks, we arrive at our 50th cover!  I will leave you with some holiday cheer from the crew at Bayside High and this classic from 1992, courtesy of Harvey Comics.
Writer: Angel De Cesare
Artist: Hy Rosen
Cover Artist: Photographic

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Comments (2)

Great list, I would add The Tick Holiday specials on there as well!

Great list, The Tick Holiday specials are funny too.

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