Rudolph first appeared in 1939 in a booklet written by Robert L. May that was published by Montgomery Ward, a department store. He is usually depicted as a young calf who barely has antlers and a glowing red nose. He is Santa’s ninth reindeer who is mocked and excluded by his peer for his difference in appearance. As the song goes they wouldn’t let him play in any reindeer games but then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa approached him and asked if he would guide their sleigh. Proving himself, Rudolph is treated as a hero and becomes everyone’s favorite reindeer.
Rulopdlph and his story is owned by The Rudolph Company, LP and has been adapted in numerous forms including songs, a television special, and feature films. Character Arts, LLC manages the licensing for the Rudolph Company, LP. 2014 marked the 75th anniversary of the character and the 50th anniversary of the television special. It’s hard to believe that Rudolph hasn’t always been around, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without him.