He goes by Jolly Old St. Nick, Kris Kringle, and Father Christmas. He has a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
Yes , Santa Claus seems to be the nicest person on earth, except sometimes in the pages of comic books. Now we all know that the real St. Nick would never do bad things, but impersonators (some well-known villains) have donned the white beard and red suit and caused trouble.
Below are some examples of comics in which Santa Claus is more tough than jolly!
Mark Waid wrote this issue of Flash called "Christmas Rush."
A sudden holiday heatwave makes the winter too hot to bear for the Scarlet Speedster-especially when battling drug dealers dressed as machine-gun-carrying Santas!
|Iron Man #254
After undergoing a grueling, deadly elimination competiton at the Taskmaster's Academy, the survivor is named the new Spymaster. In order to graduate, Spymaster must steal the top Christmas ornament at Tony Stark's party.
In the attempt, Spymaster encounters and battles the Invicible Iron Man. In order to preserve personal safety of his guests and children present, Stark allows Spymaster to leave with the bauble. The issue is written and drawn by Bob Layton.
Plastic Man, while trying to put Woozy's nephew to bed, makes up a story about Santa being in the JLA. He fails to make any impression, until they both look out the window and see "Santa" writing in the snow with his heat vision.
It turns out to be Martian Manhunter playing a practical joke with Green Lantern. It's another "Santa" comic written by Mark Waid.
|Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #112
A department store Santa with visions of larceny dancing in his head makes the mistake of trying to rob Spidey's neighbors on Christmas Eve. The Black Cat has a brief appearance in this issue written by Peter David, with cover art from Kyle Baker.
|Jingle Belle Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein (One Shot)
Paul Dini's Jingle Belle comes to Top Cow in a special 'Halloween collides with Christmas' one-shot written by Dini and drawn by Stephanie Gladden.
In years past, Santa has triumphed over a variety of enemies including the Devil himself. Now, St. Nick gets ready to face his greatest challenge ever in Frankenstein!
Part of critically acclaimed Born Again storyline from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Matt Murdock is in a pretty dark place passed out in an alley after losing a near death battle with Kingpin.
Adding to his injuries he gets stabbed by Turk Barrett who is wearing a Santa suit. A wounded Matt is then tended to by Sister Maggie, who he finds out is a very important person in his life.
|The Incredible Hulk #378
Santa battles the Hulk with a crowbar? This sounds awesome. Actually in the issue Rhino gets a job as a department store Santa and after the kids bother him he gets into a fight with Grey Hulk.
The two smash their way through the mall until a little girl comes up and asks Santa why he and a grey man are fighting. That ends the fight and Rhino and Grey Hulk spend the rest of the night as Santa and Santa's helper.
|Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer
This comic mainly deals with zombie toys trying to eat other toys and lots of other wacky antics from Ambush Bug. But Santa makes an appearance in one page called "Beware Santa." It's a parody ad showing Santa as a not-so-happy superhero.
Even though he says he's sick of milk and cookies, you would have to think that eating them at everyone's house on Christmas Eve would be thought of as a super power.
We hope you enjoyed our look at the not-so-jolly Santa Claus from the world of comics.
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