Father Christmas, give us the money. Don’t mess around with those silly toys…


Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men. That’s all I’m sayin’.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, and herewith, My 13 FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COVERS — WITH WEAPONS:

Sensation Comics #38 (DC, Feb. 1945). Art by Harry Peters. Christmas comic book covers packing heat have their roots in the Golden Age.

Vault of Horror #35 (EC, Feb./March 1954). Art by Johnny Craig. What was it with Johnny Craig and hatchets? See, Crime SuspenStories #22.

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #10 (Marvel, March 1969). Art by Frank Springer.

Jonah Hex #34 (DC, March 1980). Art by Luis Dominguez.

The New Adventures of Superboy #39 (DC, March 1983). Art by Gil Kane. Hey, snowballs are weapons. Kinda, sort of.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #112 (Marvel, March 1986). Art by Kyle Baker.

Judge Dredd #6 (Quality, 1986). Art by Brett Ewins.

Sgt. Rock #414 (DC, Feb. 1987). Art by Joe Kubert.

Hitman #22 (DC, Jan. 1988). Art by John McCrea.

Iron Man #254 (Marvel, March 1990). Art by Bob Layton.

The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special #1 (DC, Feb. 1992). Art by Simon Bisley.

The Flash #87 (DC, Feb. 1994). Art by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer.

Moonstone’s Holiday Super Spectacular (Moonstone, Nov. 2007). Art by Michael Stribling. At least Kolchak thought to bring a cross.


— PAUL KUPPERBERG: My 13 Favorite COMIC BOOK NOVELS. Click here.

— PAUL KUPPERBERG: A Comic Moment With… DAVID V. REED. Click here.

Sure, you know Paul Kupperberg as the prolific writer of over a thousand comic books for such characters and series as Superman, Aquaman, Doom Patrol, Vigilante, Life with Archie, Bart Simpson, Scooby-Doo, and dozens more for DC Comics, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, and others, and that he is also the creator of the series Arion, Lord of Atlantis, Checkmate and Takion, and is a former editor for DC, Weekly World News, and WWE Kids Magazine. But Paul is also the author of numerous books, including the superhero novel JSA: Ragnarok and the comics industry-based murder mystery, The Same Old Story, not to mention (but we will anyway) Paul Kupperberg’s Illustrated Guide to Writing Comics, I Never Write for the Money, But I Always Turn in the Manuscript for a Check, Direct Comments: Comic Book Creators in their Own Words, The Unpublished Comic Book Scripts of Paul Kupperberg and Son of the Unpublished Comic Book Scripts of Paul Kupperberg. You can follow Paul at and at

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Wow, another fun installment! 13th Dimension is my “must see” post everyday on Twitter, and always a highlight of my day! Thanks for sharing.

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