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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

Santa the Arsonist

Santa the Arsonist
(Ralph Fabri to Dale Pontius, 1939. Dale Pontius papers relating to Ralph Fabri, 1935-1974. Archives of American Art.)

Hungarian-born artist Ralph Fabri gave this frightening print of Santa sitting on an asteroid, fist under chin, like Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker,” to his friend Dale Pontius for Christmas in 1939. Looking down at a fiery Earth, Santa doesn’t seem to be thinking happy thoughts. Fabri signed the print “with apologies to Rodin.”

Would you have nightmares if he fell down your chimney? Vote for this scary Santa!

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