The Caped Christmasader

Christmas means different things to different people. For some it means celebrating love and peace. For others it means food and wine. But for me, Christmas means Batman.

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From Batman #285: The Mystery of Christmas Lost.

Every year as Christmas gets closer I start seeing the Dark Knight everywhere; as if I’m wearing contact lenses with the bat signal printed on. Obviously this is founded on a childhood of Christmases that all featured Batman in some way or another – from playing with Batman action figures received from Santa to drawing pictures of Batman with Derwents received from Santa. But Batman and Christmas have a much deeper connection than just my own (probably common) Batmanania under the Christmas tree. Christmas, as it turns out, is a big part of the Batmanverse and the comicsverse too.

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Both Marvel and D.C.  have a long history of putting out Christmas comics. Superman was at the North Pole saving Santa from Nazis back in the 1940s. D.C. has put out various Christmas With the Super-Heroes collections over the years. (That’s the cover of a 1974 edition above). And here’s twelve of the best D.C. holiday comics according to Comics Alliance.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Zombies

Speaking of Christmas comics my favourite one of late is It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies – an illustrated collection of Christmas carols told from a zombie’s point of view. It’s the latest in the trend of mixing zombies with well-known cultural cornerstones. But that’s a distraction from our Caped Christmasader conversation.

It’s not only the Batman comics that are inextricably linked to the festive season. The second Tim Burton Batman movie, Batman Returns, is set in Gotham City during Christmas. And one of my favourite episodes of Batman: The Animated Series was ‘Christmas With The Joker’. I recommend watching the whole episode below.

For me Christmas continues to the Bat time of the year. I already know that this year there will be Batman presents, chatter about Heath Ledger during Christmas lunch and quite possibly The Batman Board Game will get a play in the evening.

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I suppose any popular cultural icon that has lasted for so many years is bound to make a big appearance during the gift-giving season. And when you walk through shopping centres and see little children decked out in full Batman costumes, holding Mummy’s hand as she does her last-minute Christmas shopping, it’s evident that Batman is going to be a yuletide fixture for many years to come.

Comments

  1. you rock. um, do you have a girlfriend because i’m kind of in love.

  2. towthelion

    Loved the post! And not just because it so accurately portrays a rather awesome portion of the population. It also reminded me of a couple of other Batman-Christmas sites I’ve come across :D

    this picture you’ve probably seen a billion times (but it still cracks me up every time):
    http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2009/11/11/dont-ask-batman-about-his-parents/

    and this one I Stumbled Upon:
    http://photognome.livejournal.com/297181.html

  3. “I love you Bat-Santa”. GOLD!

  4. “Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BATMAN!”

    Hahaha! Thanks for the Batman Christmas.

  5. Hey Andrew,
    so I’ve been surfing around your site (and greatestbloggerintheworld.com) and I have a question for you. How do I go about to get your book, signed (!!) and, delivered to Sweden?
    I really liked what I read so far and I want to read the whole book and then do my best to translate it for my 9 year old brother and 6 year old nephew…
    /Lexi

  6. This is great, because my mom asked me this Christmas which Christmas of the past I remembered the most. It was the one where my brother and I got our matching Batman/Batgirl pajama costumes. I wore them every Christmas (and other times too) until I couldn’t stretch them over my head anymore. Batman really does mean Christmas!

  7. Great post! I’ve never imagined such a Bat-universe before. The only Bat-item I’ve ever had was a pair of flip-flops, but it was a long time ago.
    By the way, your famous “guide” is hilarious, congratulations on it! Due to it, I’ve learned about you ^^

  8. Love the blog dude, keep it coming rogue class guide

  9. Hello, I love tv, I don’t even know how many shows I follow. Anyway thank you for a sweet blog, I will try to follow it daily.Have a nice day.

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