The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories, Edited and Designed by Craig Yoe
‘Twas the week before Christmas,
and all over the farm,
gift books were piled,
to Miss Bob’s alarm…
Yes, here it is, one week until Christmas, and I’m still getting Christmas books! Oh, if only they were all horrible and I could tell you about them the week after Christmas in an article titled “Hope You Didn’t Get These for Christmas,” or “Sell or Donate? Each Has Advantages.”
The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories is, indeed, a treasure. Craig Yoe has gathered together Christmas-themed comics from the mid-twentieth century, comics that were oh-so-welcome in Christmas stockings (not that we didn’t care for the apples, oranges, and walnuts). The front cover is a delight—art by John Stanley, who wrote Little Lulu (my fave) from 1945-1959. Children “sleepwalking” down stairs to spy on Santa look a lot like the kids in Little Lulu, and I was thrilled, as I skimmed through the book the first time, to find Santa’s Return Trip, another John Stanley comic filled with elves that look just like Little Lulu’s friends.
Most of the stories included in The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories were written specifically for comic books, but there are also cartoon versions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, and The Christmas Story as written by Saint Matthew. A modern cartoon, Santa Claus and the Pirates, is particularly notable because it features a little girl who is a dead ringer for Katy Perry.
Many well-known comics writer/artists, such as Walt Kelly and Richard Scarry, are represented by their work. The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories is a book to be relished by vintage comic book fans and children alike.
Bottom Line: Would I buy The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories? Yes, and treat it with reverence, bringing it out every Christmas season to be shared and enjoyed anew.