Nick Perks drew this Santa/Superman piece years ago and I used it for at least one Advent Calendar in the past (maybe two). This year is a bit different, due to the new site set-up I really can’t do the sort of Advent Calendars I did in the past, but we can still do the basic idea. 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.
We begin with #24, “Superman” #109 (by Dan Jurgens, Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein), “The Kill Fee”, which was the fourth annual “Metropolis Mailbag” story in the pages of “Superman”.
This one was about a former member of Lex Luthor’s personal team of armored guards (Team Luthor) who is now broke and trying to make a name for himself by attacking Superman at one of the only places that he KNOWS Superman will be – answering mail sent to Superman at Christmastime.
However, what he doesn’t realize is that the last letter before he attacked is from his own estranged wife!!
Obviously, once he realized that, he gave up and since it was Christmas, Superman cut the guy a break.
It was a decent story, although pretty simplistic. The issue, by the way, ended with the return of Lori Lemaris, which I liked because of a cool Easter Egg where Lemaris drags herself out of the water in a scene akin to Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” and there is a sign for an Eisner shipping service on the dock. Nice.
Come back tomorrow for #23 on the list!
Also, feel free to e-mail me your favorite Superman Christmas stories, as maybe I missed one before I made the list! My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org!
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