Superman Slides Down the Chimney into Christmastown!
ACTION COMICS Vol.1, No.117, February 1948; Cover Art: Wayne Boring, Stan Kaye; Writer: Alvin Schwartz; Penciler: Win Mortimer; Inker: Win Mortimer
Clark and Lois are flying in (by airplane this time) to cover the Central Valley Christmas festival, but Christmastown is already flooded, with the water risen to three feet. Superman steps in and saves the holiday by building an enormous ark adorned by a massive tree, although he strangely ignores the locals floating between their sunken homes in ramshackle rowboats. Still, Superman is determined to maintain a strong holiday spirit, and so he delivers presents to everyone in the area via the now-traveling festival.
He even decides to make it snow as well, and in the midst of the festive but very wet and cold atmosphere, a grandfather and grandson are reunited, and all is right in the world again. A new generation of readers enjoyed this adventure when it was reprinted in DC’s oversized treasury comic, Limited Collectors’ Edition (C-34, February-March 1975, “Christmas with the Super-Heroes”).
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