All December 2014, we will be celebrating a Silver Age Christmas, with great Silver Age comics about Christmas. For the sake of this endeavor, “Silver Age” will be defined as 1956-1970 (the annoying part about that is that 1951-1955 sort of fall into no man’s land, as it is not yet Silver Age but also seems to be a bit late for Golden Age).
We continue with a delightfully bizarre story from 1969’s Date with Debbi #7 by cartoonist L. Stuchkus (who did a little work for DC at the time) and inker Frank McLaughlin…
Date With Debbi was an Archie knock-off series DC did in the late 1960s and early 1970s (or rather, I guess it is more of a Josie knock-off) that was actually pretty darn good. Henry Scarpelli and John Rosenberger both did fine work on the comic (and they were acclaimed at the time, as well, they were nominated for some Shazam Awards at the time).
Anyhow, the book also had this unrelated really weird back-up called Flowers, about a family of, well, flower people (daughter Flowers and her brother Psyche and their parents). They would get into all sorts of hilarious hippie hijinx.
In this story, though, there is a pretty clever examination of the “modern” Christmas of 1969…
Yes, sometimes the most unusual Christmas celebration is having a “normal” celebration.
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