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The Greatest Christmas Stories Ever Told! – #21

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The countdown continues with 1967’s “The TT’s Swingin’ Christmas Carol!” from Teen Titans #13 by Nick Cardy and Bob Haney.

This awesome issue opens with the Titans hanging out reading together (how much better would a team comic be these days if it opened up with the cast of the book just reading together?)…


They are soon dragged into the drama of a teenager named Tiny Tom Ratchet, whose father works for a junkyard owner named Mr. Scrounge. Mr. Scrounge is letting some bad guys use his junkyard as their base while they use a bizarre machine that turns awesome material into scrap and then when it gets to Scrounge’s junkyard as scrap, they then turn it back into the original awesome stuff (Like fancy cars and the like). You might be asking yourself, “Uh…what crime are they actually committing here?” And the answer is, I kid you not, the avoidance of paying duty on the stuff the buy overseas. Yes, this is the plot of the bad guys of this issue. They are buying fancy cars in Europe, using a machine to turn them into scrap, sending them to Scrounge’s junkyard as scrap and then turning them back into fancy cars…to avoid paying duty on the fancy cars. How insanely moronically awesome is that?

So anyhow, Tiny Tom tells the Titans about the plot…


The Titans go visit Scrounge, right when he is being accosted by his old business partner, Farley, who has just escaped from prison to give his old partner a piece of his mind. The slow on the uptake Titans JUST at this point realized that all of the people in this drama were like the cast of A Christmas Carol, so they then decide to haunt Scrounge…





The bad guys now on the scene, the Titans tussle with them but the bad guys use their fancy machines to take the Titans out of the fight (yes, they seem to be willing to kill people to protect their plot to avoid paying duty on cars they bought overseas). By the way, check out Cardy’s good girl art for Wonder Girl…yikes…


Anyhow, Scrounge proves himself to be a good guy in the end…




IT’s a very cute story with AMAZING art from the late, great Nick Cardy.