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Satirical magazine avatars, mascots, characters, and personifications

Krokodil's red crocodile functioned as a symbol for the magazine, but also a character in some of its images and the imagined editor of the publication. Other magazines had/have similar avatars. I'm interested in whether any scholarly study has considered this phenomenon.

Punch magazine's Mr Punch.

Simplicissimus's bulldog

Private Eye's knight

Krokodil's red crocodile