Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Addams, Charles

(1912-1988) US cartoonist, a prolific contributor to the magazine The New Yorker from 1935; he had a macabre sense of humour and a firm brush-line and wash style. He is best-known for his creation of the grotesque Addams Family, whom he first introduced in The New Yorker; these characters have been widely exploited on tv and in the movies (see subsequent entries).

Collections of his work include Drawn and Quartered (graph coll 1943), Addams and Evil (graph coll 1947), Afternoon in the Attic: Pictures by Charles Addams (graph coll 1950), Monster Rally (graph coll 1951), Charles Addams' Homebodies Collection (graph coll 1954), Dear Dead Days (graph coll 1954), Night Crawlers (graph coll 1957), Black Maria (graph coll 1960), The Groaning Board (graph coll 1964), The Charles Addams Mother Goose (graph coll 1967), My Crowd (graph coll 1971), Favourite Haunts (graph coll 1977), Creature Comforts (graph coll 1981), The Addams Family Album (graph coll 1991) and The World of Charles Addams (graph coll 1991), the last of which won a Hugo Award. [RT]

Charles Addams


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.