Murzilka, the yellow fluffy protagonist of the most popular children's magazine

Most Soviet children remember well the yellow, fluffy protagonist of the popular children's magazine Murzilka. The first issue was published exactly 90 years ago.

Murzilka is a popular children's literary magazine. Published since May 1924 for children aged 6-12, over its 89 years in print this beloved children's magazine has never missed a release. Not even during the war. From May 1924 to May 2011, more than 1020 issues of the magazine were published.  In 2011, Murzilka entered the Guinness Book of Records as the “longest-running children’s magazine”. 

It was named after the yellow, fluffy fairy-tale creature Murzilka, which in turn got its name from an undersized forest prankster and troublemaker that existed in popular children’s books in the late 19th century — a little man in a frock coat, with a cane and monocle. Also it may be compared to the famous Yellow Kid Mickey Dugan, the lead comic strip character that ran from 1895 to 1898 in Joseph Pulitzer's New York World, and later William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal.

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