About the Author
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.
From The Washington Post
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 Among the drawings -- many of them previously unpublished -- collected in Happily Ever After (Simon & Schuster, $20) are such anti-Valentines as a middle-aged man standing near the edge of Echo Gorge, into which a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
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