(The ever-unpredictable gift that keeps on giving adventures of ANIMAL MAN and GORILLA GRODD continue…)
Panel 1: The planes from the heart of AFRICA, where ANIMAL MAN and THE FLASH (WALLY WEST) are standing next to GORILLA GRODD’s invisible lair. ANIMAL MAN is dressed with a SANTA BEARD and HAT over his normal costume and carries a standard-design brown bag, while FLASH is wearing one of those silly ELF hats that has faux elf ears attached. ANIMAL MAN looks as pleased as ever, while FLASH looks unusually concerned about the situation – it’s more a concern for ANIMAL MAN than anything.
While the area around the invisible lair looks off, the surest sign that it’s actually there is the doorway that’s standing out in the open that GORILLA GRODD has opened, allowing us to see just a touch of the inside of the lair past the open door. GRODD looks very annoyed by the presence of ANIMAL MAN.
ANIMAL MAN (1): HO! HO! HO!
ANIMAL MAN (2): MERRY CHRISTMAS!
GRODD: YOU AGAIN!
Panel 2: GRODD points at FLASH as he comes just short of shouting in ANIMAL MAN’s face.
GRODD (1): What are you doing here, what is he doing here, and how did you even FIND this place?!
GRODD (2): This is supposed to be a top-secret invisible base!
Panel 3: THE FLASH facepalms as ANIMAL MAN responds to GRODD’s questioning. ANIMAL MAN looks highly pleased with himself.
ANIMAL MAN (1): Magic, Mr. Grodd!
ANIMAL MAN (2): Christmas magic! It is Christmas Eve, after all!
SFX: (From THE FLASH) *Facepalm*
Panel 4: Unamused reaction shot from GRODD.
Panel 5: GRODD slams the door shut as he disappears back into his invisible lair. THE FLASH does another faceplam. ANIMAL MAN holds a generic present box in his hand as his bag hangs in front of him.
GRODD: BEAT IT!
ANIMAL MAN (1): The proper term is ‘Bah Humbug!’, Mr. Grodd!
SFX: (From FLASH) *Repeat Facepalm*
ANIMAL MAN (2): And you forgot your present!
Panel 6: GRODD opens the door to his invisible lair again and slaps the box onto the ground out of ANIMAL MAN’s hand. ANIMAL MAN and FLASH both are taken aback at the sudden reaction.
SFX: (From GRODD hitting box) SLAP!
SFX: (From box hitting ground) klump
Panel 7: GRODD slams the door and disappears back into the invisible lair.
GRODD: (From invisible door) BAH HUMBUG!
Panel 8: ANIMAL MAN looks down at the ground where GRODD’s present currently sits. THE FLASH does yet another facepalm.
ANIMAL MAN: (Minimized) That’s, uh…the…spirit?
ANIMAL MAN: (Fading out) Not…uh…really? I think?
SFX: (From FLASH) *Continued Facepalm*