I've got a Santa Claus-sized Hidden Gem for you this Christmas, and it's penciled by none other than the King of Comics himself...Jack Kirby! Originally created as a feature in Sandman #7, “The Seal Men’s War on Santa Claus” never saw the light of day in the original Sandman series due to the title's cancellation, but eventually appeared in Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #22 five years later.
And what we have here is one of the best Christmas-themed stories I've ever read. It all starts with a kid named Jed, who is trying to raise money for the local Christmas Fund. When Jed visits old rich guy Uncle Titus, a bet is made that if Jed can prove Santa Claus exists, Titus will donate one million dollars to the fund.
What Titus doesn't know is that Jed somehow has special ties to the Sandman, and by blowing a secret whistle he can summon the superhero for help in finding Santa. Together they both take a ride over to Santa's Workshop through the Dream Stream, Sandman's inter-dimensional traveling machine, but they arrive to find out that Santa has been kidnapped by a bunch of pissed off Seal men. Apparently the Seal men didn't get the gifts they had asked for, just a bunch of scuba diving gear instead...so they kidnapped Claus.
Meanwhile, Uncle Titus' nephew Rodney decides to follow Jed after hearing the bet, and as the man to inherit Titus' wealth, wants to make sure that Santa is never found. This lead's him into finding the secret whistle, and a near fatal encounter within the Dream Stream. The story ends with an awesome battle between Sandman, the Seal Men and Rodney that you just have to read to believe. It's the kind of hokey, campy story that will stick with you for a good while.
So here it is in it's 18-page entirety. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!