Long-time reader Yayo brought the following to my attention:
Unknown in the United States, Francisco Ibáñez' Mortadelo y Filemón is one of the most popular Spanish comics series. It is published all around the world since 1969. In Germany, it is known as "Clever & Smart".
In one issue, the two insane detectives encounter the "Chotta", monstrous feral ape-men that evoke fear and panic. Here is the cover (snagged from here):
Ibáñez named them "Chotta" because it is bit of wordplay: the word "chota" means "crazy" or "lunatic" in Spanish and sounds a bit like "yeti".