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CSBG Advent Calendar – A Super Christmas, Day 7

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CSBG Advent Calendar – A Super Christmas, Day 7

Oops, still have to catch up on these.

Nick Perks drew this Santa/Superman piece. So how this works is that every day until Christmas Eve, you can click on the current day’s Advent Calendar post and it’ll have a story in it that is part of my countdown of the 24 Greatest Superman Christmas Comics ever told! And I’ll add links to the previous days in each new installment.

Here’s Day 1, #24 on the countdown.

Here’s Day 2, #23 on the countdown.

Here’s Day 3, #22 on the countdown

Here’s Day 4, #21 on the countdown

Here’s Day 5, #20 on the countdown

Here’s Day 6, #19 on the countdown

And now for Day 7, #18 on the countdown is…

“Home for the Holidays” from “Adventures of Superman” #462, by Roger Stern, Dan Jurgens and Art Thibert.

The issue opened with Superman helping make sure that a building is built on time and so a group of construction workers get their holiday bonuses. He leaves them as they’re singing Christmas carols on the top of the building.

He goes to the Daily Planet. At this point in Clark Kent’s history, he is just about to leave the Daily Planet for an editor job at Newstime (the “Superman” writers of this time wanted to address how all of these people were supposedly so good at their jobs and yet never advanced beyond them. It was a nice touch to see Clark Kent get a promotion). Everyone blows him off on his last day, but it turned out to be a ruse and they threw him a going away party.

Clark went to find the Planet’s Chief Intern, Alice, to thank her for putting the party together and shockingly finds her in a storeroom…that she has been LIVING in!

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Perry White has Alice move in with him and then Perry writes the greatest editorial about the perils of homeless ever and cures the homeless problem all by himself (or something like that).

Superman flies home, where he sees that Lana Lang is spending Christmas with the Kents. They all celebrate that they have someone to share the holiday with…

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It’s a very well told story by a dynamite creative team, but I think it loses a BIT of something when the story is centered around a minor character no one’s seen in, what, twenty years? And who only was around for, what, two years?

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