Here’s one that’s been in my head since last Christmas, but there was too much going on then for me to get to it in time. So it feels good to finally get this realized this year!
I’ve always had a soft spot for those DC 80 Pg. Giants and 100 Pg. Super-Spectaculars, and the idea of a somewhat superhero-style Santa Claus 80 Pg. Giant comic sounded like a fun idea that needed to exist. And it’s a given that Go-Go Checks automatically make any comic cover better!
Of course, there were a lot of possible villains to pick from, but ultimately I gravitated towards these. For those who don’t know, Pitch comes from the 1959 Mexican movie Santa Claus. Voldar and Torg appear in the 1964 “classic” Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. The Heat Miser and the Snow Miser show up in the TV special, The Year Without a Santa Claus. And finally, Oogie Boogie comes from the Disney classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Just realized: they’re all in chronological order. I hadn’t really planned it that way (I was thinking more about evenly distributing the reds and greens), but so be it!
That’s about all I can think of to say for this image, except: I’d like to wish all my site visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I’ve mentioned before how sometimes ideas for art kind of come at me from random directions, and certain ideas will stick in my head until I do something about them. This is one of those.
Most fans of comics and comics history will recognize the significance of All Star Comics. Especially issue #3: it was the first appearance of the Justice Society of America! The cover for #3 is well-known, as it’s been re-created and repurposed by a number of other artists over the years. I even did it myself once some years back for an FCA cover (Fawcett Collectors of America), replacing the DC heroes with Fawcett’s.
Less familiar are the issues prior to #3. I guess once DC had published Archive Editions containing every issue from All Star #3 forward, it was decided that they probably should complete the set and put out an Archive collecting the first two issues, before the title became about the Justice Society. Hence volume #0.
On a recent reread of that volume, I was struck by the cover of All Star #1. The published cover seemed an afterthought: using existing art photostatted from previous stories and pasted up, the characters looking tiny and constricted in the layout. Maybe the issue was running close to the deadline when they realized they still needed a cover. I started to think, “What might it have looked like if they’d had more time to put it together?”
And as mentioned up top, the idea stuck, and the only way to get it out of my head was to actually do it! So here’s my take on it.
Hope you enjoy it!