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The Saturday Comics featuring Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Christmas Classic)

28 Dec

December 28, 2012

Why is Saturday Comics being reposted at Christmastime? because this one features not just Batman, not just big apes, not just Jimmy Olsen, but read on for the Christmas Classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

You’re welcome.

December 10, 2011

Sometimes comic companies seem to lose their minds. You look at what they put out and you wonder who they expect to buy it. I’m not talking about a badly written story or an issue with bad art, I am talking about a comic whose very cover makes you think that just maybe the publisher has had a stroke. This week I present five WTF? covers and I am proud/sad to say that I own four of them.

 

There was a time that Batman was so popular that you could put anything on the newsstands and it would sell as long as it had Batman on the cover. Now while I am firmly of the opinion that everything is better with apes, this one leaves me scratching my head.

First of all, the ape is wearing a cowl, presumably to protect its identity. But Batman goes right ahead and blows it by blurting out his name. Way to go, Bruce.

Secondly, the gorilla must have ripped that flag pole out of its base on the roof, and I am just not sure gorillas are that strong. And really, did Batman and Robin have no other way of getting across the rooftops? Did they  forget their Batropes at home?

And finally, why? Why bother? Does Batman really need an ape sidekick?

But I have to be honest. If I were a kid I would have totally bought that issue.

 

Sticking with Big Apes (forgive me) we have this issue of Konga’s Revenge, based on the Ape from Konga which you may recall from The Late Night Movie House of Crap.

This is a comic book starring a giant rampaging ape. Did that not offer enough creative opportunities that the creators found it necessary to send him back in time too? Is Konga that much more exciting when facing a Trojan warrior? In my opinion, once you have a giant ape running amok, why mess with a good thing?

But to be fair, King Kong once had to face ancient warriors too.

 

I’ve covered Jimmy Olsen comics before and I am more convinced than ever that DC had no clue what to do with that book.

 

I must admit that not only do I own this book, I love it. It really is a lot of fun. But above all, you have to admire the sheer ego, gall, and chutzpah it took for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to put themselves into the comic- and as the stars, no less!

The premise is that, on “our” Earth, the editors and staff of Marvel Comics received a mysterious package that turned them into the Fantastic Four. That’s Stan Lee as Mr. Fantastic, Jack Kirby as The Thing, Sol Brodsky as The Human Torch, and Flo Steinberg as The Invisible Woman. Admittedly, the Marvel bullpen was already legendary, and none more so than Stan and Jack, but to put themselves out there are comic book stars? Sheer hubris.

 

Honestly, I look at that cover and I cannot decide between “genius” and “crap.” And while I think I fall on the “crap” side of things, I’ve got to say that with a cover like that, how could that comic not sell?

On the other hand, the movie is utter, utter trash.

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10 Responses to “The Saturday Comics featuring Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Christmas Classic)”

  1. zathra December 28, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Bat – Ape, Superman & Jimmy Olsen as a rock – a – billy duo ( I think Superman & Supergirl would’ve been better, but whatthhey ), & Santa Claus Conquering the Martians ! A PERFECT trifecta of year – end strangeness !! Break out the bubbly even if it’s not 1 January, 2013 !

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    • bmj2k December 28, 2012 at 12:17 am #

      You just reminded me. I have all of next week’s blogs ready to go, and I know which one I am starting 2013 with, but what will I end 2012 with?

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      • zathra December 28, 2012 at 12:20 am #

        Got anything dealing with the ancient Mayans calling & wanting their ” Doomsday prophecy ” back ? 😉

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        • bmj2k December 28, 2012 at 8:33 am #

          I was happy to totally ignore that silliness all year, no reason to change now.

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          • zathra December 28, 2012 at 8:40 am #

            I was busy tweeting people & telling them ” Cheer Up ! There’s always World War Z, the rise of the anti – Christ or Skynet finally coming on line ! “

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            • bmj2k December 28, 2012 at 10:46 am #

              BTW- just reread that book. Better than I remembered, though still not great.

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              • zathra December 28, 2012 at 11:31 am #

                Saw the preview of the movie, not really impressed. The zombies didn’t LOOK like zombies, maybe mutants or something. ” The Walking Dead ” has spoiled me.

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  2. T E Stazyk December 28, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    I think you’ve found something that knocks Queen Kong out of the worst movie of all time position. How did they get human beings to agree to wear those stupid Martian hats? And are we supposed to be impressed by mid air refueling footage from the Air Force PR department? But what do you expect–it’s a Pia Zadora ouvre!

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    • bmj2k December 28, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      The MST3K version makes it bearable, but even they could not make it enjoyable.

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      • zathra December 28, 2012 at 8:41 am #

        MST3K – Heavens, I miss that.

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