I got this as i needed to fill in the gaps in my collection and had never read it before.
Cor! What a treat. Not only do you get an excellent cover with most of the characters sitting down to a Christmas meal (no Black Max though. Couldn't he have been "bah! Humbag"ing in though a window?) but MOST OF THE STRIPS ARE SET ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
Can't figure out if that was the intention all year long and the writers were giving the spec in advance to do something for this issue, or the setting was shoehorned in.
Think it must be the former as none are too jarring.
Not all the strips went along with it, but this is how the one's that did went abut it:
"Carson's Cubs" - The team are spending Christmas at the eerie Troll Manor.
"Black Max" - See's the possible end of the giant King Bat by the end of page two. Page three is devoted to Wilson and the rest of 12th Squadron celebrating, with Black max slinking past to look for the remains of his pet.
"Fury's Family" - Set at Christmas. Grateful for this strip as i now know that animal speak for "lion and tiger - pull this cracker" is "Tharrga moorka throol! grikka Marrgg!" Which they then do. Dunno if you can make it out, but the tiger is actually wearing the party hat. Genius!
"Spellbinder" - Jolly japes on Christmas Eve.
"The Spooks Of St Luke's" - A Christmas mail story.
"The Can-Do Kids" - Trouble with Father Christmases.
"Steel Commando" - Set on Christmas day
"Zip Nolan" - A Christmas Eve crime
"Adam Eterno" - My favourite of these. Adam's adventure in 18th century England ends half way into page three. The rest of the tale is given over to him being rewarded with a brilliant Christmas day and it ends with him leaving, as he says, "like a Christmas Spirit". And very Christmas Carol it reads too. And so nice to see the old fella laughing and enjoying himself. Bless.
"Mowser" - Jolly japes on the big day.