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Chas Addams Happily Ever After: A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of Your Loved One Hardcover – January 3, 2006

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Chas Addams was the creator of the "Addams Family" cartoons, which first appeared in The New Yorker and were the inspiration for the popular The Addams Family television show and movies. He has been honored with the Yale Humor Award (1954) and a Special Edgar Award for "Cartoonist of the Macabre" from the Mystery Writers of America. Addams died in 1988 in New York City.

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What kind of man would collect medieval armor? Perhaps one who wanted to be insulated from his own creations -- men, women and children often on the verge of dispatching one another. I speak of Charles (Chas) Addams, creator of the Addams Family, longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker, and possessor of an inexhaustibly mordant sense of humor. Among the drawings -- many of them previously unpublished -- collected in Happily Ever After (Simon & Schuster, $20) are such anti-Valentines as a middle-aged man standing near the edge of Echo Gorge, into which a woman's hat and purse are disappearing after their owner. The caption reads, in ever-diminishing letters, "You wouldn't dare ... you wouldn't dare ... you wouldn't dare." Perhaps Echo Gorge goes by more than one name. In another cartoon, a man goes up to a train-station ticket booth and, while his wife stands obliviously by, asks for "a round-trip and a one-way to Ausable Chasm." Not to worry, though. The book includes droves of cartoons in which it's the wife, not the husband, who's involved in spousicide. When it came to marital mayhem, Chas Addams could swing either way. -- Dennis Drabelle
Copyright 2006, The Washington Post. All Rights Reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074326777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743267779
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, a little information for those disappointed by how few 'Addams Family' cartoons there are. The Charles Addams cartoons came first. The television show was based on a group of characters that he used in more than one of his cartoons. 'Gomez' and 'Morticia' for instance, did generally appear together, or with 'Pugsly' and 'Wednesday'. However, I don't believe the character who became 'Fester' was ever seen with the family. And they were never anything like a main focus of his cartoons.

This edition (for Kindle) is actually a bad idea, and I returned my copy almost immediately after purchasing it. It is impossible, in far too many of the cartoons, too see the subtle details that make Addams cartoons the gloriously horrifying moment outside of time that they truly are. The same problem exists in the paperback editions. To truly enjoy Addams, one should see the full-sized cartoons. Just remember, if an Addams cartoon leaves you scratching your head wondering what's the point, then you've missed the telling detail.
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Charles Addams is great. There's no doubt about it. However, this cheaply printed book is so grainy that you can't even read the notes written in the comics or make out fine details. We have many Charles Addams books, and this one is not worth the money. Again, Charles Addams and his cartoons are great. If this were more clearly printed, I'd be writing a much different review. I don't think I've ever seen a more poorly printed book.
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Loved this collection of Addams cartoons. I have seen most of the previously-published cartoons but never tire of Addams material. Better still, the book includes several unpublished cartoons which gives you some idea into Charles Addams' thought processes. The best part is, even the ideas Addams felt were not good enough to develop are funnier than a lot of the humor you see published nowadays. Well worth getting if you're a fan!
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The vast majority of us will know Chas Addams for reasons other than his cartoons published in newspapers and journals such as The New Yorker. You will be disappointed if that's what you are looking for. As previous reviews have stated, some are sketches and some perhaps lose their impact in these times.

But I still found them amusing, certainly exhibiting the dark, morbid humour he was known for. The theme was common enough - marriage, love and the trappings of relationships. Disturbing - not really.

At any rate, I was not disappointed with my purchase but would have liked complete cartoons rather than sketches and perhaps some more in terms of quantity.
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I love Charles Addams cartoons and this collection was fantastic. The art is great, the gags very funny, but what I love about his humor is the fact that frequently you don't get the gag right away and you have to stop and study the illustration completely before it all comes together. These are very clever and witty.
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I've read this over several times since purchasing it. My parents had the classic "Monster Rally" hardcover when I was growing up, and I've never tired of the late Mr. Addams' gallows humor.

"Happily Ever After" nicely sums up much of Addams' past as a philanderer with unhappy marriages. The fact that he turned his own displeasure at the institution of marriage into such wonderful comedic fodder was a sign, I think, of sanity and reason. Certainly this is one of my favorite collections of any cartoon works.

If you've never read Charles Addams, this is as good a place to start as any. There is only one cartoon, incidentally, which shows any of his "Addams Family" characters, but that's not a bad thing. He drew a lot of things that weren't the Addams Family, and this is a fine example indeed of his work over the years. There are several previously unpublished cartoons, some of are unfinished. As a consequence, you sometimes need to look *very* carefully to get the joke, but it's usually worth the effort. (One wasn't that funny when I figured it out...)

The bottom line is that this is in every way a treasury of some of his funniest cartoons, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan, or waiting to become one.
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By Rozalynne on February 14, 2010
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I purchased this book for my mother for Christmas. She introduced me to the deliciously dark world of Chas Addams when I was a child. Mom was thrilled to get this, and began reading it as soon as she removed the gift wrap, (the Chas Addams books that she has are falling apart). I think that anyone who can appreciate a darker sense of humor will enjoy this book, and I totally recommend it!
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Charles Addams is one of the very best cartoonists ever to have lived and shared his work with us. Unfortunately, this ebook and another ebook of his work are incredibly poorly formatted. As our devices can switch easily from landscape to portrait, this does not seem to have been taken into account here. When switching at times the text and the cartoon it belongs with are often separated, so looking at a page sometimes makes no sense whatsoever. A real crime when you consider how much time cartoonists put into combining just the right words with just the right image. Also, the cartoons will scale - but not very well - nor does the text accompany the enlarged cartoon. I prefer the printed collections that have been available for years, especially the ones first printed in the 60's and 70's, though The World of Charles Addams, printed in 1991 is outstanding. I thought I'd have something on my iPad and iPhone for when one needs a good chuckle or laugh, but it is lessened by the formatting problems. Otherwise I'd probably have given it a 5 star rating. My opinion, but if you love Charles Addams works, stick to the printed collections for now.
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