Have a holly, jolly Christmas with these wonderful comics…


With the holidays here, and a number of great comic book digests making their annual appearance, I was suddenly put in mind of about two dozen Silver Age holiday Dell Giants I picked up awhile back. These all featured characters from animated shorts and lasted until the characters started appearing in Gold Key Comics in 1962. For a quarter (or, sometimes, 35 cents), kids really got their money’s worth with these incredible 80-to-100 page, full-size comics that featured new stories.

Merry Christmas!

In chronological order…

Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Parade #6 (1955)

MGM’s Tom and Jerry’s Winter Fun #3 (1954)

MGM’s Tom and Jerry’s Winter Fun #4 (1955)

MGM’s Tom and Jerry’s Winter Fun #5 (1956)

MGM’s Tom and Jerry’s Winter Fun #6 (1957)

MGM’s Tom and Jerry’s Winter Fun #7 (1958)

Lest you think Dell did this only once a year, remember the lyric by the Byrds (via the Bible), “To Every Thing There is a Season.” Tired of Winter Fun? Enjoy your Summer Fun, Vacation Funnies, and more, because before you know it Back to School will be upon you:

MGM’s Tom and Jerry’s Summer Fun #3 (1956)

Bugs Bunny’s Beach Party #32 (1960)

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker’s County Fair #5 (1956)

Bugs Bunny’s Vacation Funnies #8 (1958)

M.G.M.’s Tom and Jerry’s Toy Fair #1 (1958)

MGM’s Tom and Jerry’s Picnic Time #1 (1958)

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker’s Back to School #3 (1954)


— PAUL KUPPERBERG: My 13 Favorite CHRISTMAS Comics. Click here.

— Christmas Eve With BATMAN and NEAL ADAMS. Click here.

PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Pagehas just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. For the most part those Dell covers didn’t display the mischievousness, and ultimately the fun, of the characters. Tom & Jerry look so benign and kiddified. Guess that was the intended audience.

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  2. There were also some Hanna-Barbera seasonal specials.

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  3. Yes, really beautiful covers.

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