Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On the Seventh Day of Creepmas, Great Pumpkin gave to me...

Charles Addams' Christmas Cartoons

Charles "Chas" Addams (January 7, 1912 - September 29, 1988) was a cartoonist renowned for his macabre humour, and the creation of  a group of recurring characters that would become known collectively as The Addams Family.

The cartoons of Charles Addams regularly appeared in the iconic magazine, The New Yorker. He also collaborated with television producer, David Levy, on the 1964 television series, The Addams Family, by providing character names and personality profiles. In the cartoons, prior to the television series, the members of The Addams Family had no formal names.

Described as a "sociable and debonair" man, he was also delightfully eccentric. Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were buried in the pet cemetery at his New York estate, called "The Swamp", which he had shared with third wife, "Tee".


  1. Great stuff, the two-headed pig reminds me of my ex-wife... not what you think, okay it is!

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
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  2. Hi iZombie,

    Hahaha! I don't know what to think! But you've certainly given me a good laugh!!

  3. I love Charles Addams and Edward Gorey alike. They were two of the best macabre artists to ever live but my favourite has to be Mr. Gorey. I bet it would have been a very interesting experience to meet them both in real life! x

  4. Like the back story on the cartoons. Just a little eccentric ;)

  5. It's great that he collaborated with David Levy, the similarity between his cartoon creations and the series characters is spot on.

  6. The Addam's family is an essential staple in my book

  7. I am such a fan of his cartoons! I had no idea where his final resting place was. That's some fun trivia to know! He would have had to have been a little eccentric to come up with his comic strip ideas. :) Now I'm curious about who his three wives were!

  8. Hi VainGlorySinner,

    I love Edward Gorey as well! His art is wonderful! I have a special attachment to Charles Addams though, because he is responsible for my beloved Addams Family. I had actually never heard of Edward Gorey until I was an adult. He's not generally well known in Australia. Even one of my best friends, who has a degree in Fine Arts, hadn't heard of Gorey until recently. When I was a child, I would read my father's books of Charles Addams' cartoons. He only just recently handed them down to me, which I was absolutely ecstatic about!

    I think both Addams and Gorey were very eccentric men. It would have been a very interesting experience to meet them in real life!!

    Hi wicKED,

    Thanks! Yes, just a little eccentric! Haha. I rather like the idea that he had his ashes buried with those of his pets!

    Hi art bliss,

    Yes, it's great that Charles Addams collaborated on the TV series. I have some books on 'The Addams Family' (I know, I know... that must come as a shock! Haha!), and apparently he visited the set occasionally. He doted on the two child actors and was a friend to John Astin, who played Gomez.

    Hi Be Witchy,

    Absolutely! They're the best!!

  9. Hi Justine,

    We must have crossed comments. The cartoon with Santa and his elves ("This year, instead of giving everything away, why don't we charge a little something?") makes me laugh out loud. Totally my sense of humour!

    I've read some rather Addams Family-esque scuttlebutt about his second wife. Apparently he also dated some prominent Hollywood leading ladies in his day too!

  10. I didn't know all that about Charles Addams and "The Addams Family" history. really interesting and thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi Pam,

    My pleasure! Yes, Charles Addams had quite a colourful and interesting life.

  12. Yay for The Addams! As others have said, what a great bit of history behind the man.

    Our world could use a little more Charles Addams. I'm hoping he's just biding his time in the ground, slowly piecing himself back together - atom by fired-ravaged atom - in the hopes of surprising us with a second round of doom and humor...

  13. Hi King Unicorn,

    I think Charles Addams would have thoroughly enjoyed your notion of his "biding his time in the ground, slowly piecing himself back together - atom by fired-ravaged atom". And I heartily agree that this world could use a little more of his "doom and humor"!


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