Continuing from the 1950s, let's venture onward through time and gaze our peepers at the Swingin' Sixties.
Depictions during this time vary in style and feature, almost as if creators were having fun trying things out. Yeti can resemble any sort of vague, monstrous humanoid. Hergé's Yeti from Tintin in Tibet is a rare one that stays true to actual sightings: a brown-furred, pointy scalped simian. During this experimentation phase, it begins to be cemented in the public imagination that the creature is white furred. With the appellation "Abominable Snowman", it became inevitable.
Many argue the 60's was the golden age of American animation as well. Throughout the decade, kids' cartoons opted to include a Yeti in one of their episodes, starting a trend that continues to this day. Of particular note - Warner Bros. introduced Hugo, an overly affectionate Yeti who loves to hug, drawing inspiration from an unusual place: a literary character - Lennie Small from Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men.
Radar cover (magazine)
1960 Snooper and Blabber (animation)
1960 Sir Edmund Hillary with sketch (drawing)
1960 Dick Tracy Show (animation)
1960 Popeye (cartoon)
1960 Rocky & Bullwinkle (animation)
1960 Tintin in Tibet (comic)
1961 Abominable Snow Rabbit (animation)
1961 Tales to Astonish (comic)
1962 Radar cover (magazine)
1962 l'Extrême Orient illustration (book) [Not pictured]
1963 Marx Yeti (toy)
1963 Corn flakes commercial (ad)
1963 El Monstruo de los Volcanes (film)
1963 Bolek and Lolek (animation)
1963 Astroboy (animation)
The zenith of Yeti-mania is, of course, Bumble from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Everything in the world of Yeti depiction is either Before Bumble (B.B.) or After Bumble (A.B.). The 50 year-old TV special is still played annually and continues to reintroduce Yeti to the popular imagination of each generation. Our current ideas about the Yeti as a popular cultural icon - his association with Christmas, his ferocious but ultimately friendly attitude, his disassociation from the Himalayas, and his kid-friendly appeal - are all largely due to Rankin/Bass' Snow Monster.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (animation)
Around the same time as Bumble, the Beatles included a man in costume for a sketch for their TV Christmas special. Then, the cartoon Jonny Quest, which drew its inspiration from pulpy radio serials and comics, had its titular hero contend with Abominable Snowmen. It's revealed by the end that all is not what it seems - smugglers are pretending to be Yeti to scare the locals. This trope, nicknamed more recently "The Scooby-Doo Hoax", will appear again and again.
The Beatles skit (television) [Not pictured]
1964 Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (film)
1964 Magoo (comic) [Not pictured]
1965 Jonny Quest: "Monsters in the Monastery (animation)
1965 Alvin and the Chipmunks (comic) [Not pictured]
1966 Dino Boy in the Lost Valley (animation)
1966 Space Ghost (animation)
1966 Challengers of the Unknown (comic) [Not pictured]
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (television)
1966 Bhutan Stamps [Not pictured]
1967 The New Adventures of Superman (animation)
All is not what it seems in the 1967 Doctor Who TV episode, "The Abominable Snowmen", where Yetis are revealed to be robots underneath their furry blob bodies and secretly controlled by an alien intelligence.
And comic book super hero Silver Surfer meets a tribe of Yeti in 1968, kicking off a series of star turns in comics throughout the next decade.
Doctor Who: "The Abominable Snowmen" (television)
1968 The New Adventures of Superman (animation)
1968 Mighty Mightor (animation)
1968 Alpine Sleighs (attraction)
1968 Silver Surfer (comic)
1968 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (television)
1968 Illustration (book) [Not pictured]
1969 Adventures of Jerry Lewis (comic)
1969 French book (book cover)
On to the Seventies...