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§ December 25th, 2023 § Filed under Christmas § 2 Comments

Happy Holidays to all my readers!

Go for the gold.

§ December 24th, 2021 § Filed under Christmas § 1 Comment

Well, I had planned to attack more of your questions, but Thursday morning I went in for my COVID booster (and a flu shot to boot) and as I write this Thursday evening, I’m beginning to feel some of the side effects. Pretty much the same ones as before — fatigue, slight chills — and hopefully like the previous times they’ll go away overnight.

But in the meantime, I’m getting some extra shut-eye so I’ll be ready for the onslaught of last-second shoppers tomorrow. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Christmas Eve, where applicable, and I’ll see you on the other side. …Of the other side of Christmas, not, like in the afterlife. I’LL BE FINE, I SWEAR

P.S. Dont’ forget to give me your 2022 comic industry predictions!

“Ho ho ho! So you’ve found my cave! Now to ensure your silence!”

§ December 25th, 2020 § Filed under Christmas § 3 Comments

This is of course where Santa keeps his Santamobile and Santacopter and the Santacomputer, along with the giant penny and giant dinosaur trophies but with little Santa hats on them. Alas, gaze with sadness upon the glass cases containing the costumes of those elves who fell on duty.

Merry Christmas and happy (and safe!) holidays, where applicable, to all my ProgRuin reading pals.

cover from Santa’s Secret Cave (1960)

Presumably on a reconnaissance mission prior to the conquering.

§ December 25th, 2019 § Filed under Christmas § 2 Comments

I hope everyone finds the astro presents they wanted beneath the space tree during this holiday planet-season.

Also, if I can direct your attention to this GoFundMe campaign for some friends of mine, who find themselves in a tight spot this month. The GFM was started almost a month ago, and after a promising start it kinda fizzled out. As a result, they don’t have the funds to get through to the end of the month and keep a roof over their heads. I know I’m asking a lot, for you to donate money to people you don’t know just on my say-so, but I wouldn’t ask if they weren’t good friends in desperate need.

Thank you for indulging me here a bit, and I’ll see you on Friday.

Remember when I was the only person on the internet who liked Nancy and Sluggo?

§ January 11th, 2019 § Filed under Christmas, nancy, pal dorian, sluggo § 6 Comments

So pal Dorian gave me my Christmas gift last weekend…or should I say “gifts,” because he bestowed upon me the Nancy and Sluggo double-whammy.

First was the immortal “Sluggo Is Lit” image, the official print in a handsome frame that I shot at an awkward angle to minimize glare and to (mostly) keep myself from appearing in the reflection:

And second, a pin featuring America’s hardest-working wastrel, Sluggo Smith:

These are great items (inspired by the wonderful new version of the Nancy strip by Olivia James), and if you want to be as cool as I am, you can get your own N&S merch right here.

Anyway, in exchange I gave to Dorian a copy of this Tumbleweeds paperback wrapped in a Burger King bag.

That’s almost as good, right?

Merry 10th Anniversary of the release of Frank Miller’s The Spirit!

§ December 25th, 2018 § Filed under Christmas § 3 Comments

Progressive Ruin hopes you have the Spirit of Christmas in your hearts, and I, along with…

…The Spirit:

..and the Octopus:

…and Dr. Ellen Dolan:

…and Arthur the Cat:

…and Sand Saref:

…and Lorelei:

…and Commissioner Dolan:

…and Silken Floss:

…and these guys:

…and Plaster of Paris:

…and ol’ Frank his own self:

…and, of course, this little fella:

…wish you the best this holiday season!

The Spirit of Christmas!

§ December 25th, 2017 § Filed under Christmas § 3 Comments

So what do you think Santa is watching on his TV?

Here’s what he’s watching on mine!

I hope everyone has a happy holiday, however you celebrate it! (And if you celebrate it by using that above “blank” in some nefarious fashion, all the better!)

Some early entries: Franklin Harris brings us some Christmas angels, Bully the Little Twittering Bull fills the center square with the only obvious choice, and Adam Knave digs into this site’s shady past for his selection.

That shouldn’t be a period…

§ December 25th, 2016 § Filed under Christmas § 2 Comments

…that should be more like “!!!!!!!!!!!” after a declaration to the effect of “THE DEAD ARE AMONG US DECORATING TREES!!!!!!!!!!! AIEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON SANTA CLAUS THERE!!!!!!!!!!!”

Anyway, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or even just Happy Sunday…whatever it is and however you like to celebrate it, I certainly hope it’s good for you.

I mean, if someone were to buy me an original Action Comics #1, I wouldn’t say no.

§ December 30th, 2015 § Filed under Christmas, collecting § 6 Comments

So for this week’s Question Time over at ye olde Trouble with Comics, we were asked about the greatest comics gift we’d ever received. (You can read Alan’s response, posted separately as a Stan Lee’s Birthday special). As per usual, I delved into the inquiry at length, relating a gift I received when I was but a young Mikester. But it got me thinking about the number of comic book gifts I actually have received over the years.

As I say in my excessive preamble to the response over at TWC, I usually didn’t get comics as gifts because either 1) I bought what I wanted during my trips to the comic shop, or 2) I bought what I wanted during my work hours at the comic shop. I sorta feel funny asking other people to buy me comics, a habit that continues to this day as I was recently admonished for not informing a certain significant other that a book set I’m thinking about buying for myself could have been a good Christmas gift for her to get for me.

That said, there have been a couple of comic book presents I’ve received over the years. The most recent were a handful of Starman trade paperbacks, catching me up on the James Robinson series I’d just started reading, but that was some years ago.

A few years prior to that (which may have been just before my entry into comics retail) was a massive tome that caught my eye after being drawn back into world of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics in the mid-1980s. It was Don Rosa (whose work I’d enjoyed in various fanzines) that got me back into the Disney books, but that got me to rediscover Carl Barks, and boy, when I saw this book on the shelves at the comic book store:

I had to have it. Several classic Barks stories, fully recolored, in a nearly 400 page volume that stands 13 inches tall. It’s something else. One thing I remember is that my mother, who used write inside any books purchased as gifts “to my son, Christmas ’82” or whatever, told me that she specifically didn’t write anything inside this book if I ever decided to resell it. Well, fat chance of that happening…even having nearly all the stories inside reprinted elsewhere, this is a special enough item that I don’t want to let it go. There’s even an introduction by George Lucas, with whom some of you may be familiar.

And earlier than that, I received this book as a gift for my 12th birthday:

This extensive encyclopedia helped put some of the pieces together on Superman’s early adventures, which I was only getting here and there in assorted reprints. It certainly helped explain who, say, the Ultra-Humanite was, after I read his reappearance in a Justice League/Justice Society crossover event. And they’re not kidding about the “book length biography of Superman” — Superman’s entry, and nearly every other character’s entry, is essentially a chronological summary of purt’near every appearance of that character. I spent many hours perusing this book, and it wasn’t so long ago that DC reprinted this in softcover, so you can check it out yourself if you’d like. This is a precursor, in a way, to the Marvel Universe/DC’s Who’s Who comics, though the Great Superman Book is a little more convenient in giving specific issue numbers for story events beyond just first or last appearances.

One thing I found odd at the time was that the cut-off date for materials referenced in the book was, with few exceptions, the mid to late 1960s despite being published in 1978, but now that I think about the amount of time that had to be spent researching this book (i.e. the “seven years” they mention right on the cover), they had to draw the line at some point. Still, sort of odd to have no entries for “Morgan Edge” or “Darkseid,” but this is still a wonderful reference book for the Golden and Silver Age adventures of Superman.

There were others in this series, covering Batman and Wonder Woman (and also reprinted by DC in the last few years) but I don’t think I ever saw them in the wild when I was a kid. Which is just as well…just one of these volumes kept me busy enough.

And I think that was it for funnybook presents. I mean, I did keep bugging Santa for a Yummy Fur #9, but I ended up having to buy it myself. Which is just as well, since I was beginning to get odd looks at the mall whenever I sat on Santa’s lap to ask for it.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of my readers.

§ December 25th, 2015 § Filed under archie, Christmas § 4 Comments


image from Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica #109 (January 1965)

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