Sunday, December 16, 2007
A Super Christmas
Did the kids on Krypton hang their stockings by the chimney with care? We may never know (unless DC prints a flashback story) but in this 1941 comic book portrait, Superman gives Santa Claus a hand. Drawn by Superman cover artist Fred Ray, this was the cover of a specially produced comic giveaway designed by DC for department stores to hand out free to young customers (all the better to lure the youngsters—and their parents—into the toy department) at Christmastime. Note that the white square could be printed with the name of any store participating in the giveaway, in this case Robertson’s of Indiana (proudly proclaiming that all their toys were made in America, on a comic published [since it had to be printed and distributed before December in order for stores to have it in time for the holiday shopping season] on the very eve of the U.S. entry into World War II).