(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 Television and in the Cinema (see The Addams Family and Addams Family Movies).
Collections of his work include Drawn and Quartered (graph coll 1942), Addams and Evil (graph coll 1947), Monster Rally (graph coll 1950), Homebodies (graph coll 1954), , NightCrawlers (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 (1991) and The World of Charles Addams (graph coll 1991), the last of which won a Hugo Award. Dear Dead Days (graph anth 1954) contains some Addams cartoon reprints but is mainly a collection of grotesque found images that took his fancy. [RT]