Friday, February 6, 2009

Not Yeti Friday - I Love Rasputin... so you don't have to!

Today is a very special Not Yeti Friday. I'm pretending my blog is all about Rasputin in the Popular Culture. It is now a collection of rasputin related content I found.

Got any rasputin love?

(I thought of doing an entirely new version of the site for April Fool's Day - changing the title to "I Love Rasputin" and even the little logo of the yeti with the heart to a little black-bearded Mad Monk with a heart. But then I realized that only like 2 people in the whole world would see it in that 24 hour period and get the joke, so I changed my mind.)

Let's take a look at some milestones in the history of Rasputin in the Popular Culture...

Scurrilous 1915 cartoon depicting Nicholas and Alexandra as puppets of Rasputin

1916 Russian cartoon showing how Rasputin dominated the Royal Court.

He was the villain in the 1997 animated film Anastasia.

And in the Hellboy comics and movies:

McFarlane Toys made an action figure of him as part of its "Monsters Series 3: Six Faces of Madness":

Calamity Jon Morris thinks that Rasputin should be listed alongside Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, the Mummy and the Werewolf as one of the classic monsters of the public consciousness. So he came up with the idea of making him the spokesperson for his own line of breakfast cereal a la Count Chocula. Genius.

More Rasputin Links Not to Be Missed!

  • Visit DrawerGeeks for the Motherload of Rasputin-inspired Illustrations.

  • In 2006, Fantagraphics Books published the short story Visions of Rasputin in their annual HOTWIRE underground comix anthology.

  • Did you know? The real last name of Colossus, superhero member of the X-Men, is: Rasputin. And it is revealed in the comic series that he is in fact a descendant!

  • Email me with any rasputin love you find!

    Want more rasputin? Check out this post.


    kmcanfield said...

    Just wanted to say that I love reading your blog even though I don't collect Yeti stuff.

    Henry said...


    WhiteGrizzlor said...

    You can find a Rasputin in Corto Maltese by Italian comicer Hugo Pratt. It's very popular in Europe and Rasputin has a recurrent role.

    Anonymous said...

    I don't even have words for this

    Anonymous said...

    Rusputin is the victim here. He was just misunderstood :( He was a victim of society that caused him to be the way he was. LOL