Photos: The Scariest Santas You'll Ever See
Browse our selected illustrations of some of the strangest and creepiest Santa Clauses ever put down on paper and then vote for your favorite
- By Megan Gambino
- Photo Research by Madeline Kelty
- Smithsonian.com, December 20, 2011
(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
In 1912, Will Crawford, who would later illustrate Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox, created a rather startling cover for an issue of Puck magazine, a publication started by a cartoonist in 1876. Titled “Hands up!” and captioned “As Santa Claus looks to some of us,” his design depicts Santa, left eye closed, right eyebrow arched and pointing a handgun directly at the viewer.
Would you have nightmares if he fell down your chimney? Vote for this scary Santa!