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Golden Age Christmas – The Golden Christmas Tree

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Welcome to the latest edition of Golden Age Christmas, where we will feature a different Golden Age Christmas comic book story every day from now until Christmas Eve!

Today we look at a Carl Barks classic from 1948’s Four Color Comics #203, The Golden Christmas Tree…

The story opens with the boys asking their Uncle Donald for a Golden Christmas Tree…




Uh oh!

Luckily, Donald figures out that trouble is a-brewin’ (witch pun intended!)…




(I like the motivation for her Christmas Tree destruction rampage)

Donald tries to rescue the boys and this begins an awesome battle of magical transformations as the witch shapeshifts into different objects to prevent Donald from rescuing the boys. Barks was inventive as all get out and he used his imagination to great effect in their battle sequences. Here’s probably my favorite…


That’s a GREAT bit, right?

Anyhow, ultimately, Donald figures out that the witch’s power comes from her broom. She is trapped in the shape of a gasoline can (she was trying to burn the boys alive) but now Donald has been driven mad with power…




Great stuff. This is not the only Barks’ Christmas tale that ends with the boys getting multiple gifts. If I do a Silver Age Christmas next year, I’ll feature that story (it is an early 1950s story so it is theoretically a Golden Age tale, but I ultimately decided to just stick with 1940s tales this year). Would you folks like to see a Silver Age Christmas next year? Let me know in the comments!

Just two more days left! One more Barks story remaining (it is a particularly notable one – you might very well know exactly the tale I’m referring to)!