Time for the second gallery of Christmas editions, starting with the very first Christmas issue of 2000AD, from 1977. It's a great eye-catching Judge Dredd cover drawn by the never less than brilliant Kevin O'Neill.
Above is the cover to Smash! from Christmas 1967 which was also the 100th issue of the title. The U.S. Batman newspaper strip is on the cover as usual but the rest of the page is decorated in typical "Power Comic" robustness; The Blots herding The Swots to plunge bum-first towards a sharp Christmas tree held by Grimly Feendish disguised as Santa.
The oldest comic in this selection is Film Fun and Chips from 1953. Artwork on the Laurel and Hardy strip is by Terry Wakefield I believe. Although black and white comics such as this were rapidly going out of fashion by 1953 it still manages to convey a festive feel.
A trio of weeklies from Christmas 1970 next, starting above with a great Beano cover by Dave Sutherland.
The Christmas issue of Sparky from 1970 was a nice companion piece to the Beano of that week in that it also featured all its stars gathered around a lantern singing carols. It was drawn by regular Peter Piper artist Vic Neill (my thanks to his son for confirming that) and he captured all the various art styles perfectly.
Polystyle's TV Comic of Christmas 1970 features the regular Tom and Jerry strip on the cover, drawn by Bill Titcombe.
The Christmas 1985 issue of Hoot was the only time that particular comic celebrated the festivities, as it would merge into The Dandy during the following year. Here, the Cuddles cover is by Barrie Appleby from the days before Dimples joined the strip when the comics merged.
Finally in this selection, a lively Christmas Whoopee! from 1981, illustrated by Nick Baker and featuring all its characters dancing the conga!
More classic Christmas covers soon!