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12/10/2010, 19:47
Marvel Holiday Specials


Arsenalroy2k here, bringing us a special holiday edition of Comic Accurate! We'll be showcasing a couple of builds based around some seasonal stories featuring Marvel heroes.

12/11/2010, 08:28
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for Christmas stories. Whether it's a very special holiday episode of a TV show, a Christmas movie or some holiday music; I love it. And as a big comic fan, I also love when comics roll out a special Christmas story. But since we're the Marvel edition of Comic Accurate, it would be a little out of place to focus on Hitman #22 or Young Justice #40. Thankfully, Marvel has put out some X-Mas comics of their own.

Back in 1991 and every year afterwards (give or take the timing of the release), Marvel would release a one-shot issue featuring several characters in Holiday themed stories written and drawn by some of comic's biggest names. They resurrected the specials a few years ago, but I'm not sure if they're still being released. But we'll stick to the older specials for the sake of this article.

Now two of these specials featured stories starring the contentious pairing of Spider-Man and his boss/adversary J. Jonah Jameson. In the 1991 and 1996 specials, the theme is 'forgive and forget' as JJJ shows he's a big ol' softie at heart and is willing to put aside his dislike of Spider-Man aside and do the right thing in the end.


cm068 E Spider-Man
Team: No Affiliation
Range: 4 :bolt:
Points: 71
Archenemy: Venom (White)
Keywords: Teen, Reporter

ws035 U J. Jonah Jameson
Team: No Affiliation
Range: 0 :bolt:
Points: 26
Keywords: Politician, Reporter
(Special) Spider-Man's a Menace!: Characters within line of fire can't use the Spider-Man team ability.

Together, this unlikely pair comes out to 97 points. An easy build for a quick 100 pointer game. Maybe even against a team comprised of Criminals, Thugs, Lackeys, Henchmen and Muggers like in the '91 Special?

But not all feuds are going to be held off for the holidays. See, also in the '91 special was a story by Scott Lobdell and Dave Cockrum where the X-Men go looking for a mutant in a shopping mall during Christmas Eve, and run into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. During the fray, the X-Men get a little help from a jolly old fat man.

dr006 V Storm
Team: X-Men
Range: 8 :bolt:
Points: 40
Keywords: Mutant, X-Men

dr002 V Colossus
Team: X-Men
Range: 0 :bolt:
Points: 60
Keywords: Brute, Mutant, X-Men

aw023 E Banshee
Team: X-Men
Range: 8 :bolt::bolt:
Points: 77
Keywords: Mutant, X-Men

ff084 V Nightcrawler
Team: X-Men
Range: 0 :bolt:
Points: 61
Keywords: Martial Artist, X-Men, X.S.E.

ui098 E Wolverine
Team: X-Men
Range: 0 :bolt:
Points: 61
Archenemy: Sabretooth (Blue)
Keywords: Alpha Flight, Martial Artist, Weapon X, X-Men

Now that team comes out to 299 points. Whether or not you'd prefer to swap out the Experienced Universe version of Wolverine with the Universe Starter set Wolvie so you can have some points left over for feats is up to you. And if you want to have them face the Brotherhood lineup, then just know that Unus, Mastermind and the Vets of Toad and Blob come out to 295.


Of course, that wouldn't be the only appearance made by the X-Men in these specials. In 1994 (or '95 if you go by the year the book was released), Kurt Busiek told a tale about Iceman and Beast in a Christmas adventure that spanned their past and present.

xp057 V Beast
Team: X-Men
Range: 0 :bolt:
Points: 80
Keywords: Scientist, X-Men

mu029 V Iceman
Team: X-Men
Range: 6 :bolt::bolt:
Points: 100
Keywords: Champions, Mutant, X-Men
(Defense) Slippery: Iceman can use Toughness. When an opposing character moves and becomes adjacent to Iceman, roll a d6. On a result of 1-3, the character is immediately knocked back from Iceman a number of squares equal to the result, in a direction of your choosing.

This pair comes out to 180 points. Enough to throw Stunning Blow on Iceman and maybe Swingline for Beast. Or if you want to play them circa their flashback, you can just play the First Class version of Beast from Mutations & Monsters with the Veteran Iceman from Xplosion for another 100 point team.


So far, we've focused on Spider-Man and X-Men teams, but it's important to know that these one-shots featured a lot of other characters you wouldn't normally associate with the Christmas Spirit and the season of giving. Ghost Rider, Punisher and even Thanos starred in these specials. But Nick Fury's story by Howard Chaykin from the *other* '94 special is particularly moving. For a man who's fondest memories are back in WWII, the holiday blues hit Nick a little harder. But a message from the past cheers Nick up in the end, prompting him to spread a little Christmas cheer to his fellow SHIELD buddies. And really, what says "Happy holidays" more than a SHIELD team?

si051 U Nick Fury
Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Range: 6 :bolt:
Points: 100
Keywords: Politician, S.H.I.E.L.D., Soldier, Spy
(Defense) L.M.D.: Nick Fury can use Mastermind. When Nick Fury is dealt damage, you can reduce the damage by 2. If you do, after the attack resolves immediately put Nick Fury in an unoccupied square in the corner of the map (or as close to the corner as possible) that does not share an edge with the starting area used by Nick Fury.
(Damage) Spymaster: Nick Fury can use Leadership, Outwit, and Perplex.

si032a V Dum Dum Dugan
Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Range: 8 :bolt:
Points: 75
Keywords: S.H.I.E.L.D., Soldier, Spy
(Special) : Dum Dum Dugan possesses the S.H.I.E.L.D. team symbol. He doesn?t possess the Skrulls team symbol.
(Special) Monster Squad: Modify the attack value of Dum Dum Dugan and all adjacent friendly characters by +1 when they are attacking characters that possess the {giant} or {colossal} ability.

ha005 V Jimmy Woo
Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Range: 6 :bolt:
Points: 46
Keywords: Agents of Atlas, Martial Artist, Spy

ct101 LE Clay Quartermain
Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Range: 8 :bolt:
Points: 22
Keywords: S.H.I.E.L.D., Spy

sn005 E SHIELD Sniper
Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Range: 8 :bolt:
Points: 22
Keywords: S.H.I.E.L.D., Soldier

I know that last one seems really weird, but paint a little white stripe on her head and she should make a halfway decent substitute for Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine until they (hopefully) make her. This team comes out to 265; room enough for Brilliant Tactician on Nick and Contingency Plan on Nick, Dum Dum or Jimmy.


It's also important to mention that the Holidays are about more than just Christmas stories. Take the '93 special for example. Peter David brings us a story about Doc Samson teaching Children about Hanukkah. Of course, things never work out so easily and through a series of "creative edits", the historical lesson soon involves superheroes, evil robots and a land that looks like Krypton. If you have the chance to read this story for yourself, I highly recommend it.

xp215 LE Dr. Leonard Samson
Team: No Affiliation
Range: 0 :bolt:
Points: 114
Keywords: Celebrity, Scientist

ha040 R Captain America
Team: Avengers
Range: 8 :bolt::bolt:
Points: 72
Keywords: Avengers, Martial Artist, S.H.I.E.L.D., Soldier
(Attack) Deflection Trajectory: Captain America's line of fire is blocked only by walls and indoor blocking terrain.

mu062 U Rampaging Hulk
Team: No Affiliation
Range: 0 :bolt:
Points: 128
Keywords: Brute, Monster
(Speed) Squash: The Rampaging Hulk can use Leap/Climb. Immediately after the resolution of a move action in which the Rampaging Hulk uses Leap/Climb, he can use Quake as a free action.
(Damage) Smash: The Rampaging Hulk can use Close Combat Expert. At the end of your turn, if there are fewer than six objects in the game, your last opponent to take an action chooses a light standard object from outside the game and places it 6 or fewer squares from the Rampaging Hulk in an unoccupied square to which the Rampaging Hulk has a clear line of fire.

aw095 U Wolverine
Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.
Range: 6 :bolt:
Points: 60
Keywords: Mutant, S.H.I.E.L.D., Soldier, Spy

That "team" comes out to 374. Throw on some feats and l'chaim!

Well, that's it for this edition of Comic Accurate and my last article for 2010. Between the rapidly impending release of DC 75th, the Holidays and my birthday (the 30th), I'm going to take a break for the rest of the month. I'll be back in January with some all new articles (hopefully building up to Giant Size X-Men). So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

12/11/2010, 10:08
Great article. Now I have to go out and buy these issues.

12/11/2010, 12:05
Funny covers!

We're not superheroes... just sellouts :p

Carbon Rod
12/11/2010, 13:20
While not a comic accurate team, I did run a Hanukkah team two weeks ago consisting of The Thing, Magneto (House of M), Shadowcat, Collosal Boy, Iceman (half jewish) and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (also half jewish). They did okay. I did enjoy yelling "Matzel Toff!" for every critical hit (there were three, including a charging quake into a group of four from ole' Bashful Benny!)

12/11/2010, 13:28
Thank you for making this already fun game even more fun to play. I always prefer comic accurate teams over anything else even if they're one shots, it keeps team building interesting. Great read as always!

The Arachnid
12/13/2010, 09:17
I remember an Uncanny X-men issue where Cannonball was X-mas shopping (natch). And he ends up fighting Mr. Shi'ar Gladiator. It was a decent story and good art before Joe Madriuda went all Hollywood and Lazy.

12/13/2010, 17:47
Wow...I actually have 2 of these comics!

12/13/2010, 20:53
Nice article as always.

I'd like to give the Iceman and Beast team a try. Althoug I'd much rather go the 93pt lab coat Beast- he's a lot better for the points, and that still leaves 7pts for Feats.

12/13/2010, 20:54
Iceman seems like a very Christmassy figure in general, especially the 'First Class' snowman version. Who else would be fun to put on a Christmas theme? Blob for Santa, Groot for the tree....