Grant Morrison gets his claws into the Christmas spirit with Klaus
Grant Morrison’s Santa Claus comic Klaus ushers in the festive season.
“It makes sense to release a book about Santa Claus around Christmas since reading about the frozen North in July isn’t nearly as much fun!” Published next month by Boom! and illustrated by Dan Mora, the festive season is coming early this year thanks to Grant Morrison. Described as “Santa Claus Year Zero”, Klaus depicts Father Christmas as you’ve never seen him before.
“The impetus for the book came more from thinking about how I’d like to have my own big iconic character like Superman or Doctor Who, and then alighting on the notion of making Santa Claus more explicably into a superhero franchise,” Morrison says. “Everyone knows him but nobody owns him, so anyone can tell Santa Claus stories.”
With many other aliases including Kris Kringle and St Nick, Santa boasts even more secret identities than Bruce Wayne. Comparing the six- issue miniseries to “Arthur Conan Doyle doing a Batman graphic novel,” Morrison draws links between the Caped Crusader’s Batcave and Batmobile, and Santa’s Grotto and Sleigh. “I couldn’t resist the opportunity to provide origin stories for all of these things,” he says. “But Rudolph is a copyright character and was out of bounds although we nod in his direction.”
Indicating that we can also expect an appearance from the Elves, Klaus delves into Santa’s mythic past rather than his increasingly monetised contemporary incarnation. “I’m stripping the character back to his roots and rebuilding him as an exercise in amusing myself and entertaining my readers,” explains Morrison, who is more interested in Santa as an individual figure rather than the holiday itself. “This is a fantasy story, part Lord Of The Rings and part Batman Begins. Other than this comic being a glaring example of the commercialisation of Christmas, it has very little to say about that aspect of the festival.”
Klaus # 1 is published by Boom! on 4 November.
Nobody has copyright on Santa Claus, so the character’s up for grabs!