"Santa Claus Kidnapped!" Superman Daily Newspaper Strip - November 23, 1942 to December 19, 1942
Hitler, Tojo and Mussolini hatch a scheme to undermine Allied confidence during the holiday season by abducting the beloved symbol of the season, Santa Claus. Although expressly a fantasy tale, even in the context of Superman’s extensive fiction – what we’ll later come to call “Imaginary Stories”, as though that somehow distinguished them from the otherwise-authentic imaginary stories – the fact that Superman can co-exist with Santa Claus marks a radical change for the character. While there may have been monsters, mad scientists, underground empires and murderous mer-people prior to this story, Superman’s adventures were largely rooted in the mundane world – physics, however loosely, still applied and the foundation of his fantastic feats were rooted in routing gangsters, thugs and rats. With the introduction of Santa Claus – much like the earlier Superman comics story wherein Clark and Lois watch a real-world Fleischer cartoon on the screen – anything goes.