Santa is canon in the Marvel and DC comic universes — here’s proof


Every December, heroes and heroines around the superhero world are pulled into abnormally seasonal experiences, that draw upon their powers of goodwill and cheer as much as their very strength. It’s just a matter of pages prior to the look of Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, Santa Claus, to advise everybody to believe excellent ideas if they desire a delighted early morning this Dec. 25.

You don’t need to know rather the number of yuletide tales I have in my comic collection — and yet in spite of their frustrating number, there are those out there who believe that such stories don’t really count. Individuals strongly think, in their two-sizes-too-small hearts, that any story in which Superman, Batman, Spider-Man or whoever collaborate with Daddy Christmas isn’t really canon. To those individuals, there’s simply something to state in reaction: humbug!

Santa is canon. And I can show it.


Dr. Grouch and Mr. Meaney try to talk Santa out of making toys in favor of more lucrative items, in Superman’s Christmas Adventure, DC Comics (1940)



Image: Jerry Siegel, Jack Burnley/DC Comics


Santa’s Huge 2 comics profession really got going at DC, method back in 1940’s Superman’s Christmas Experience. The one-shot groups the Guy of Steel and the Guy With The Huge White Beard versus the incredibly called Dr. Grouch and Mr. Meaney, 2 old guys for whom Ebeneezer Scrooge was plainly an individual motivation. Christmas Experience — composed by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, with art from Jack Burnley — handles to develop a structure that a considerable variety of later stories would follow, even if they would do not have the perfectly purple prose that Siegel uses the fortunate reader.

“Yuletide! Period of gaiety and good will among men! It seems hardly possible that anyone could be so mean as to sabotage such a beloved event, but Dr. Grouch, gloomy killjoy, plans to do just that.” Which’s simply half of the very first caption.


“He’s through listing! Let the naughty beware!” yells a caption above a heavily muscled Santa drawn very much in Jack Kirby style. “Shaddup!” he roars at Rudolph, “I’m sick of milk and cookies! I’m sick of the North Pole! So up your chimneys!!” in Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer, DC Comics (1985).



Image: Robert Loren Fleming, Keith Giffen/DC Comics


Throughout the next 80 years, Santa has actually appeared in a variety of various DC comics, consisting of titles as varied as Sgt. Rock and The Spectre. He teamed with Superman once again in DC Comics Provides (the story is, incredibly, entitled “‘Twas the Fright Before Christmas!”). He was given a grim and gritty 1980s makeover in 1985’s Ambush Bug Equipping Stuffer (imagined). Possibly most excitingly of all, he appeared in 1991’s Lobo’s Paramilitary Christmas Unique, where he eradicated the eponymous Main Guy himself after the latter was employed to assassinate Santa by an envious Easter Bunny (it was all done with an seasonally generous absence of restraint on the part of Keith Giffen, Alan Grant and Simon Bisley).

Possibly the comic that many plainly verifies Santa’s canonicity in the DCU in the contemporary period is 2001’s JLA #60, “Merry Christmas, Justice League — Now Die!.” The book was DC’s most significant superhero title of the time, putting it directly in what was thought about “real” for the DCU. Most of the concern is comprised of a story Plastic Guy informs a kid about an imaginary team-up in between Santa and the JLA, however the coda includes the real Santa laughing at what he’s simply seen seals the offer: Santa is definitively genuine in the DCU.


“Heat vision?” Santa says to a reindeer. “The imagination of some people,” in JLA #60, DC Comics (2002).



Image: Mark Waid, Cliff Rathburn/DC Comics


When it concerns the Marvel Universe, the argument is even much easier to make. Doing not have a large reboot of its prolonged history, every story Marvel’s ever released including Kris Kringle becomes part of Marvel canon. That consists of 1991’s Marvel Vacation Unique brief in which the X-Men find that Santa Claus is among the most effective mutants in the world — Jonathan Hickman, the ball’s in your court. And 2016’s Power Guy and Iron Fist: Sugary Food Christmas #1, where Santa appears in a flashback, keeping the demonic Krampus at bay years prior to Luke Cage and Danny Rand had the exact same gig. Even Peter Parker, The Magnificent Spider-Man #112, a one-off concern from 1985 where Santa appears to embarassment a burglar worn a Santa outfit, becomes part of the main history of the Marvel Universe.


“You’re telling me St. Nicholas — Santa Claus — is real?” asks Luke Cage, after finding out that St. Nicholas thwarted the Krampus a hundred years ago in Power Man and Iron Fist: Sweet Christmas #1, Marvel Comics (2016).



Image: David Walker, Scott Hepburn/Marvel Comics


Undoubtedly, there are some stories where the canonicity can be uncertain; a 1992 brief from Marvel Age #109 where Captain America keeps in mind saving Santa from the Nazis in the middle of The second world war might or might not become part of main Marvel history. Not due to the fact that of Santa’s participation, however due to the fact that it was among the normally out of connection humor strips from cartoonist Fred Hembeck, for instance. (It is, nevertheless, a fantastic concept however.) Regardless, Santa’s location in Marvel canon is quite safe and secure, provided the proof on hand.

So entrenched in the Marvel Universe is he, in truth, that there’s even a non-Christmas comic where he appears. 1988’s Astonishing She-Hulk #8 responses the concern of what Santa does when he’s not providing toys around the world on a yearly basis: Ends up, he’s the world’s biggest investigator, passing the name of Nick St. Christopher — a guy who, as he cheerfully discusses, “always know[s] who’s been naughty… and nice…” (“I can’t wait to see how they write this one up in [The Official Handbook to the] Marvel Universe,” the fourth-wall-breaking She-Hulk remarks as the story ends.)


Mrs. Claus gives She-Hulk a dressing down as she escorts Santa out of her office. “Huh!” says She-Hulk afterward, “Well, I can’t wait to see how they write this up in Marvel Universe!” in Sensational She-Hulk #8, Marvel Comics (1989).



Image: John Byrne/Marvel Comics


To the irritation of all super-Grinches out there, the custom of consisting of Santa Claus in Marvel and DC comics is far from a thing in the past; a 2018 concern of Deadpool set the Merc with the Mouth after Daddy Christmas in a story not completely different to DC’s Lobo unique from a quarter century previously — this time, however, it was some dissatisfied kids who desired Santa’s jolly head on a plate — and in 2015’s New Year’s Evil one-shot from DC had a look from Ni’Klaus of Myra, an effective wizard who was actually Santa utilizing yet another name. Both of those are, it needs to be included, canonical looks.

As long as there are Marvel and DC comics — not to discuss the holiday, although that must possibly be considered given provided the context — it appears ensured that Santa Claus will continue to appear in both universes on an irregular basis, spreading out excellent cheer and advising audiences that, at heart, superhero comics are filled with outrageous, impractical characters produced to bring smiles to the faces of kids. For those that have an issue with that, there’s a swelling of coal with your name on it.

Delighted vacations, otherwise.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.