One of the best parts of comics history is trying to figure out which stories are “imaginary stories” (in that they didn’t happen in the character’s continuity) and which are just imaginary stories.  The fact that Superman has actually met Santa Claus himself half a dozen times is probably not canon anymore, but in my head the story where Santa Claus is a member of the Morrison Justice League absolutely has to be.  It is a moral imperative.  Heck, I’m even tolerant of Tim Allen playing the jolly ol’ elf, and I haven’t enjoyed anything Tim Allen has done since his expert Shatner impersonation in ‘Galaxy Quest’, leading us to today’s holly jolly query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has been enjoying Lifetime holiday flicks all week, including one where Santa ends up looking for a wife and marries a girl named Sandy, making her Sandy Claus, asking: What’s your favorite Santa Claus appearance in pop culture?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Santa Claus vs Krampus is pretty strong contender. All in all, here we used to have pretty hardcore nightmare fuel Santas traditionally. People of my generation and older tend to call yours Coca-Cola Santa.

  2. Last year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special “Last Christmas” with Nick Frost as Santa quickly became my favorite. Prior to that, however, my favorite was “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”, both the original and MST3K versions, and it is still one of my favorites just because it is so ridiculously weird.

  3. For me its Santa Claus as he appears in the Dresden Files books. Jolly old St Nick is exactly the gift giving jovial character you know. He also just happens to be a heavy hitter in the Winter court of the fae/fairy world. He’s also the spymaster of the supernatural world (the whole he’ll know if you’ve been naughty or nice is an side effect of his intelligence network). Finally, he’s apparently the alter ego of a famous one eyed Norse figure so not all of his helpers are little elves. Some are deceased heroes amd some are Viking warrior maidens. So he’s great at all kinds of parties.

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