The best Christmas comics of the 90s
Throughout the month, we’ve featured some of the best Christmas stories of the ’90s and here’s a master list of all the stories featured so far.
Today we’re highlighting the 24 90s Christmas-themed comic book stories that we featured this month in our “Dope 90s Christmas” theme, along with a quick description of each. story. This year’s Advent calendar, of Grunge Santa Claus handing out 90s gifts, like a Tamagotchi, while posing with four superheroes in the most 90s costumes, is by Nick Perks.
1. “A Perfect Christmas Gift” 1992 Sparkle # 73 by Mark Waid, Greg LaRocque and Ray Richardson. (At Christmas, Wally West feels bad that gifts don’t have the same thrill they did when he was a kid. It will soon turn out to be completely wrong.)
2. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” of Christmas 1996 The Incredible Spider-Man # 420 by Tom DeFalco, Steve Skroce and Bud La Rosa. (In the mid-1990s, Spider-Man formed a strange friendship with the mutant known as X-Man and the result was a ghoulish Christmas visit with Aunt May)
3. “A Christmas Underground” from Christmas 1997 Hellboy Christmas Special # 1 by Mike Mignola (In his first Christmas special, Mike Mignola did a particularly dark version of a traditional Christmas story with Hellboy replacing Santa)
4. Christmas “Noel” 1995 Spawn # 39 by Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo, Tom Orzechowski and Steve Oliff. (At Christmas, a little boy mistakes Spawn for Santa Claus in this Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane adventure.)
5. 1995 Christmas “Favorite Things” Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight # 79 by Mark Millar, Steve Yeowell and Dick Giordano. (The first Batman comic book by superstar writer Mark Millar was a tearful one involving the theft of Batman’s last Christmas present from his parents)
6. “Merry Christmas, Mr. Storm” from Christmas 1995 Spider-Man Vacation Special # 1 by Sholly Fisch, Robert Brown, Josh Hood and Al Williamson (The friendship between Human Torch was put to the test when Spider-Man was suddenly replaced by a new masked hero. How did they handle Christmas?)
7. Christmas 1991 Metropolis Mailbag Superman Dan Jurgens and Jackson Guice # 64 (After their engagement, Superman let Lois Lane participate in one of his holiday traditions – responding to letters people sent Superman asking for help.)
8. 1993 Christmas Hopes and Fears 1993 Marvel Holiday Special by Steven Grant and Pat Broderick (Over a decade before One More Day, Spider-Man and Mephisto clashed over the spell of the Christmas Spirit, with Spidey’s soul at stake!)
9. “The Old Lane” Christmas 1997 DCU Holiday Party # 2 by Brian Stelfreeze and Devin Grayson (In a classic holiday tale, Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon admitted to having some hilarious and adorable misunderstandings while on vacation when they were younger)
10. Christmas 1994 “Catastrophe on 34th Street” Marvel Holiday Special 1994 by Kurt Busiek, James Fry, and Neil Vokes (Find out how an X-Men villain who was set to debut in the 1960s ultimately came across in a 1990s X-Men X-Mas comic book story)
11. “A Miracle a Few Blocks from 34th Street” Christmas 1991 1991 Marvel Holiday Special by Scott Lobdell, Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein and “Yes, Jubilee, There is a Santa Claus” from Christmas 1999 Generation X Holiday Special # 1 by Joe Harris, Adam Pollina, and Mark Morales (plus a bunch of other inkers) (During the 1990s a pair of Marvel comics surprisingly revealed that Santa Claus was, in fact, a mutant!)
12. 1996 Christmas “When the Gladiator Strikes” Strange X-Men # 341 of Scott Lobdell, Joe Madureira and Tim Townsend (Over Christmas, the mighty Gladiator, Superman’s Shi’ar equivalent, was shocked when one of the X-Men faced him one-on-one! )
13. Christmas 1992 “Metropolis Mailbag II” Superman # 76 by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding (After Superman died, the other heroes of the DC Universe had to step in over Christmas to respond to letters sent to Superman)
14. 1991 Christmas “Precious Gifts” 1991 Marvel Holiday Special by Len Kaminski, Ron Lim, and Jim Sanders III (See how a Christmas connection Captain America made later led to Winter Soldier’s bittersweet reunion)
15. “Joy, mistletoe and … chaos!” Christmas 1995 Guy Gardner: Warrior # 39 by Beau Smith, Marc Campos, Dan Davis and Nick Napolitano (John Constantine was effectively “banned” by DC from the DC Universe, but he made a rare appearance to spice upâ¦ Guy’s Christmas party Gardner ?!)
16. Christmas 1991 Christmas Coda 1991 Marvel Holiday Special by Walter Simonson, Arthur Adams and Al Milgrom (comic book superstars Walter Simonson and Arthur Adams team up for an adorable Fantastic Four story about Franklin saving an iconic Christmas ghost)
17. Christmas 1990 Christmas Rapping Riverdale high # 4 by John Wilcox, Stan Goldberg and Mike Esposito (Archie’s pals Jughead and Chuck gave their friends the gift no one wants, a Christmas rap for all of them to … enjoy , we assume ?)
18. Christmas 1990 Rhino Plastered The Incredible Hulk # 378 by Peter David (with an assist from Kurt Busiek), Bill Jaaska and Jeff Albrecht (When Hulk finds out that Rhino is hiding like a Santa Claus in a shopping mall, the two fight brutally, but can they mend their differences for save Christmas?)
19. “Present Tense” from the years 1997 DCU Holiday Party # 2 by Ty Templeton (Find out how Darkseid relates to one of the most powerful beings on Earth … Santa Claus ?!)
20. Christmas 1990’s “I’ll Be Doom For Christmas” What is the-?! # 10 by Scott Lobdell and John Byrne (When Santa is injured while trying to deliver gifts to Latveria, there is no other hope than that Doctor Doom will replace … Santa Doom!)
21. “Not a Creature Stirred” from Christmas 1996 1996 Marvel Holiday Special of Mark Waid, Pat Olliffe and Brett Breeding (J. Jonah Jameson has been trying to uncover Spider-Man’s secret identity for years, but would he give up his own life to find out?)
22. “How the Groonk Stole Christmas” from Christmas 1991 Thor # 444 by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Al Milgrom (During the 1990s, Thor was briefly a human named Eric Masterson, whose life was already difficult before he stumbled upon the Marvel version of the Grinch!)
23. Christmas “Christmas” 1996 Batman: Along Halloween # 3 by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Early in the Joker’s career in villainy, the Holiday Killer became more feared than him – how did the Clown Prince of Crime deal with this?)
24. “Ant-Man’s Big Christmas” Christmas 1999 The great Christmas of Ant-Man by Bob Gale and Phil Winslade (In a weird one-shot comic, Ant-Man and Wasp try to help a young boy have a better Christmas by … torturing the boy’s family!)
Merry Christmas to everyone!
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