Having already run through the entire six-issue run of DC Comics' odd mid '70s series The Sandman, 100-Page FAKES! turns its dim widdle spotlight on the master of dreams one more time, with an expansion of the book's unpublished seventh issue.
If the series hadn't been cancelled with its sixth issue, The Sandman # 7 would have been cover-dated February-March 1976, and on spinner racks in time for Christmas '75. Instead, its completed story "The Seal Men's War On Santa" finally appeared in The Best Of DC # 22, a 1982 digest devoted to "Christmas With The Super-Heroes." Before being rescued for the 1982 digest, "The Seal Men's War On Santa Claus" was slated to appear in the unpublished Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth # 61 (January-February 1979). Kamandi's final published issue was # 59, and material intended for its 60th and 61st issues was among the odds 'n' sods gathered for the super-rare Cancelled Comic Cavalcade # 2 in 1978. Kamandi # 61 would have surrounded the Sandman story with new framing pages by writer Jack C. Harris and artists Dick Ayers and Danny Bulanadi.
The concluding pages of "I'll See You In My Nightmares!" tied The Sandman's Christmas adventure into Kamandi's ongoing storyline. I don't imagine they're considered part of the canon now, but they would have been The Sandman's first connection to other DC characters...if it had been published. Roy Thomas would eventually bring back The Sandman during his stint writing Wonder Woman in the '80s, and carry the concept with him for subsequent tweaking in Infinity, Inc. Paul Levitz and Len Wein teamed to write my all-time favorite Sandman story in 1983's Justice League Of America Annual # 1.
To properly stuff this super Christmas stocking, we turn to the Golden Age for more holiday hijinks starring the original Captain Marvel, the Golden Age Flash, the Golden Age Green Lantern, Robin the Boy Wonder, and Wonder Woman.
The Sandman in "The Seal Men's War On Santa Claus," originally intended for The Sandman # 7 [unpublished], printed in The Best Of DC # 22 (March 1982)
"Captain Marvel And The Plot Against Christmas," Captain Marvel Adventures # 42 (January 1945)
The Golden Age Flash in "The Story Of The First Santa Claus!," Comic Cavalcade # 13 (Winter 1945)
The Golden Age Green Lantern in "A Tale Of A City!," Comic Cavalcade # 9 (Winter 1944)
Robin the Boy Wonder in "The Boy Who Wanted Robin For Christmas!," Star Spangled Comics # 77 (February 1948)
"Captain Marvel And Billy Batson's Xmas!," Captain Marvel Adventures # 69 (February 1947)
Wonder Woman in "Racketeers Kidnap Miss Santa Claus,"Sensation Comics # 38 (February 1945)
It's all copyright DC Comics Inc., and shown here only in sample pages; my paid subscribers see the whole thing. As we finally bid farewell to The Sandman, we pause to wish you the merriest. Visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? Well, that has to be The Sandman's work, doesn't it?
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