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Cartoon Network Presents Superhero Christmas

How superheroes celebrate the holidays is the topic of an all-new holiday episode of JUSTICE LEAGUE, Cartoon Network's top-rated original animated series based on the popular, long-running DC Comic book. The half-hour special, "Comfort and Joy," premieres at 10 pm on Dec. 13, 2003.

Its one more mission for the each of the superheroes who comprise The Justice League, before each embarks on a week's vacation to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Flash pays his traditional visit to the Central City Orphanage as "that jolly man in the red suit" to bring a special present to the resident kids. Green Lantern shows Hawkgirl his favorite childhood games and activities in the snow, resulting in a spectacular snowball fight. Superman, heading home to spend Christmas with his Earthly parents, the Kents, brings along a depressed Martian Manhunter, who doesn't understand why everyone finds the season so magical. (Batman and Wonder Woman volunteer to serve "world monitor duty" at the League's Watchtower headquarters.)

Little does each hero suspect that major surprises await them all. When Flash is asked to produce the hottest toy of the season, a "DJ Rubber Ducky," he is forced to search the world for it. With the doll at last in Flash's possession, arch-villain Ultra-Humanite appears and nearly destroys it. Through an amazing act of goodwill and compromise, Flash and Ultra-Humanite actually join forces to repair the toy and deliver it the anxious kids before resuming their adversarial relationship. Hawkgirl reciprocates Green Lantern's holiday "gift" by showing him the place and unique way she prefers to celebrate resulting in mayhem. One last surprise awaits them both: a secret romance.

Superman's family embraces Martian Manhunter warmly, leaving him the freedom to explore the peace and joy of Christmas Eve on his own. His unexpected experiences that night lead him to compose his own song of joy, which he shares with the Kent family.

The Justice League was born when Superman and Batman enlisted Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl to face down powerful threats on Earth and from other parts of the galaxy. Gathering at their orbiting space station, The Watchtower, they may not always agree on the best way to conquer a threat, but they put their personal differences aside to work together to defeat any peril.

JUSTICE LEAGUE has become one of the highest-rated shows on all of cable in its time period with key demographics since its debut.