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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES

14 Great Gifts for Comic Book Fans

Mark Mancini
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s… that one comic book person in your life who’s really tough to buy for. Never fear, Mental Floss is here. We’ve got 14 great holiday gift ideas that should put a smile on any DC, Marvel, or Dark Horse fan’s face. Be the hero they deserve and check out these gift ideas for comic book fans.

1. Wonder Woman Ugly Christmas Sweater; $39

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Canonically, the Amazon princess has celebrated Christmas a few times with her DC buddies. We think she’d get a good smirk out of this 100-percent acrylic sweater that pairs her logo with some holiday cheer. Lasso not included.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Funko Pop! Heroes: Batman 1989-Joker with Hat; $16

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Stumped for what to buy a Batman fan? No need to dance with the devil in the pale moonlight—this Funko figurine inspired by Jack Nicholson’s turn as the iconic Gotham villain in Tim Burton’s 1989 adaptation is sure to crack a smile.

Buy it: Amazon

3. The Art of Vintage DC Comics: 100 Postcards; $14

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DC Comics turned 75 years old in 2019—and to help celebrate the occasion, a set of 100 postcards bearing some of their classic artwork was released. It’s still available; the handsome cards showcase Batman, the Green Lantern, and other great characters as realized by some of DC’s greatest artists. Whether your giftee mails ‘em, keeps ‘em, or turns them into homemade craft projects, these beauties aren’t to be missed.

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4. Venom Tiki Mug; $55

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If your giftee can’t stop talking about how great Venom: Let There Be Carnage is, consider a gift this year that’ll keep Venom lingering on their lips in other ways. This 40-ounce tiki mug modeled after one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes is handmade and modeled in the spirit of traditional Moai statues. Because it’s also a Mondo item, you can choose from special variants like Symbiote for an extra-special touch this holiday season.

Buy it: Mondo

5. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection; $29

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He-Man, Skeletor, and all your giftee’s other favorite characters from the Masters of the Universe minicomics series from the 1980s and 1990s are packed into this hardcover collection. Featuring all 68 U.S. releases, this book covers the first 11 issues by DC and includes interviews with the original series creators.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Thanos Final Confrontation Retro T-Shirt; $23

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In 10 years, the Mad Titan went from a semi-obscure comic book baddie to one of cinema’s greatest villains. Here’s a cotton tee that brings Thanos back to his ink-and-panel roots, where he was every bit as menacing.

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7. Justice League Socks (4-Pack); $25

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“Superman?” Check. “Batman?” Ready to rock. “Wonder Woman?” Present and accounted for. “The Flash?” Yup, he’s here, too. We’re talking about a pack of machine-washable, spandex socks featuring all four superheroes. Guess that makes the top drawer the new Hall of Justice.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Comic Mount Comic Book Frame; From $9

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Comic book covers are almost as important as the stories within, which is why so many fans love to show them off. Available for single purchase or in sets up to five, these clear, plastic frames offer your giftee a way to display their favorite issues in style. Best of all, they feature a two-in-one design, so your loved one can use them to safely mount their comics to a wall or put them front-and-center on a shelf.

Buy it: Amazon

9. The Marvel Age of Comics 1961-1978—40th Anniversary Edition; $20

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This hardcover volume chronicles the glory days of Marvel in the 1960s and 1970s. Written by Roy Thomas, it’s got more than 400 illustrations reprinted from some of the industry titan’s most iconic and influential comics.

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10. DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe (All-New Edition); $20

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DC fans are pretty much guaranteed to win any argument about everything from Nightwing’s gear to the layout of Metropolis with this fully illustrated wealth of info at their disposal.

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11. DC Comics Harley Quinn Classic Enamel Pin; $8

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The character of Harley Quinn didn’t originate from any of DC’s Batman comics. Rather, the Joker’s main squeeze famously came out of Batman: The Animated Series, but was such a hit with viewers that she was later adopted into series canon. This enamel pin is an ode to Harley’s roots on the '90s TV show, and if your giftee has a patched-up denim jacket where they show off pins as well, this could make a clever addition.

Buy it: Hot Topic

12. Ghost Rider Vol. 1: King of Hell by Aaron Kuder and Ed Brisson; $16

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Add a little spirit of vengeance to the season of giving with this Ghost Rider collection from the 2019 run penned by Aaron Kuder and Ed Brisson. Although this series was canceled after seven issues, it’s a riveting addition to the series mythos and could be a great option for someone who prefers the Johnny Blaze incarnation over all other Ghost Riders.

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13. DC Comics Cast 3000-Piece Puzzle; $35

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From the mean streets of Gotham to the underwater spires of Atlantis, DC’s most iconic superheroes hail from all over. With this 3000-piece puzzle, your giftee gets them all in one place though, with the chance to turn their dining room table into an impromptu Justice League meetup in the process.

Buy it: Entertainment Earth

14. BCW Short Comic Bin; $31

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Help the comic book lover in your life have an easier time storing their favorite series with this black bin, designed to fit up to 150 issues. This unassuming container is made from plastic, so it’s more durable than popular cardboard alternatives. It also includes a movable partition, slots for identification cards, and lid panels with sliding locks, so there’s plenty of built-in security.

Buy it: Amazon

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A version of this article originally ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2021.

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