Monday, December 19, 2011
The Magic Christmas Tree Part I
I recall seeing samples of a Disney strip involving Peter Pan; I assumed it was part of a marketing campaign for a release/re-release of the movie. On one of the syndicate sites a few years back there was a mildly grown-up fairy tale that turned out to be the launch of "Pibgorn". But in several decades of comic-reading I don't remember any Christmas-only strips appearing in the San Jose papers (or the Sunday SF Chronicle).
Although never really all that popular in the first place, the Xmas strips become more and more rarely run by papers starting around the mid-50s. By the 1980s finding a paper that was running them is very tough.
The last of the Christmas strips were those issued by NEA, and even they often just reissued old ones for the past twenty-some years (there's a post on this blog with the list). Last year was the final one offered by NEA (another reprint). This year, Universal, which now owns the syndicate, said they wouldn't be issuing one. And I very much doubt they'll change their mind in coming years.
Yes, you do indeed have the dubious distinction of having produced the last new one! There's one more after you, but it was just a reprint. For those interested, the entire list of NEA Christmas strips is here: