Always grab the good stuff even if it is in poor condition. I had not seen this comic before and having been saving it for my Christmas post this year. It has been a very long and complicated year for me with many joys and disappointments. But the holidays are finally here and life seems to be settling down.
Here are my past Xmas postings:
The Moon Christmas Coloring Book (1970)
Woolworth's Jolly Christmas Book (1951)
A Trip to Outer Space with Santa was a 1952 department store give-away. A department store could print their own logo on a comic and give it to their customers.
The story is very simple (maybe the inspiration for Santa Claus vs the Martians?) where Santa needs to go to Mars.
Santa seems to have a lot of problems getting the toys made so Mars seems like a logical solution. Since space flight was trendy among children at the time, the comics has a space game in the middle about the journey to Mars.
The drawings show the Buck Rogers future is on Mars. The other thing that charms me about this item is the space suits and Santa ship. Here is your own Christmas ornaments! Illustrations you can (print-out) and cut-out to make your own explorer and ship.
Santa finds what he needs on Mars, (imported labor) and I love the Martians with jet packs heading home.
I hope you have a grand holiday and are with those you love. I will see you again in 2013 with more cool space stuff.