These titles are getting longer, just like the nights.
With the price of gas, the concern for the environment, and the need to be ahead of the hipness curve, people are talking about alternative transportation.
Therefore, so are we.
THE TOP SEVEN ALTERNATIVES TO SANTA’S TRADITIONAL SLEIGH.
What makes this Dennis the Menace cover from 1967 an outstanding example of the commonplace sleigh-Skidoo-switcheroo genre is the gleeful mix of reindeer abandonment and felony kidnapping.
The Grim Toboggan.
The man in the top hat knows that the night of swallowing uppers, bathtub gin, and the lies of a red-suited lumberjack have led to this… their deaths on a plummeting toboggan.
The Sex Rocket
With two balls of spitting fire and a control basket jammed tight up into Father Ho-Ho’s man-business, Dell’s Santa Claus Funnies #66 produced an image from my childhood I’ve never been able to un-see. Whatever madness gripped their cover artist to produce this Freudian nightmare, thank god it never happened again.
The Sex Jeep.
He’s riding the steering wheel with his balls! His BALLS, people! How is this going to happen? Once Santa realized how ill fitting this jeep was for his ungainly physique, he simply wouldn’t have started the engine. Use logic! Think of the children!
The Future Tech Cyborg Hovercar Thing, Mounted with the Severed Head of Rudolph, Kept Alive by Cruel Science
That’s what I see here. I might be wrong, but I think that’s the hellish dystopia that lays ahead for Rudolph in the world of Archie 3000. I truly hope this is saving a lot of gasoline or something, or it’s just a tragic waste of a glowing deer.
Fear gives you the wings that Red Bull only promises you, and it gets you two blocks away faster than a bus. The people terrifying St. Nick here include a serial killer, a demon with hell-born powers, a homicidal rage addict shouting death threats, and a pagan deity with the power to summon lightning. RUN, Santa! Don’t slow down for Blitzen, he’s already lost!
When the reindeer are on strike, or have been recently eaten (in this economy, meat is expensive), Santa turns to people with super-powers, and enslaves them to his will.
It was a either a life of servitude, or be put to the fire.
Tune in tomorrow when we look below the phony beard and uncover the legion of Imposter Santas!
Ty the Guy OUT!
Now, your BONUS Alternate Transportation Santas:
It’s Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead. He’s taking a trip without the sleigh, get it? Get it? It’s that 70s drug humor that Chevy Chase made famous.
Okay then, we’ll leave you with this.
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What a way to start the weekend. Thanks, Ty!
For the longest time the Dell cover (rocket sleigh) was my favorite “alternative” sleigh for Santa. I have always been familiar with the Marvel Holiday Special wraparound; seeing it now has an alternative sleigh, “fear”, has now made it my favorite. I know I will never see that cover the same again. Thanks Ty!
Great idea for a post, those unconventional sleighs…..and of course it takes an idetic memory to pull them all together like this! It reminds me of the drawing class where you said, genuinely puzzled, “but doesn’t everyone just know what a basement heating system looks like, where the ducts fit, etc.?” Kudos….
Hey, how come I’m suddenly anonymous? (above) Paul the Curmudgeon
Hey Ty. There is another way Santa gets around and its much more recent. Kellem will probably appreciate. It is not a comic but the animation is crude, the charcters funny, and Santa has done away with the reindeer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeDpRCD59fU&feature=g-u&context=G22034cdFUAAAAAAATAA
In re #3: Cruel science, or COOL science, hmmmm?
I just think the contrast of light and dark is what can be fascinating about a person, whether in film or reality.