“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re altogether oozy, The Addams Family…”
The folks at Google are celebrating Charles Addams’ 100th birthday with a Google doodle. When you visit the Google home page today, you’ll see the doodle paying homage to Addams’ most famous creation, the Addams Family.
Addams, who was born in Westfield, New Jersey in 1912, had a fondness from a young age for coffins, skeletons and tombstones and went on to become known for the black humour of his cartoons, many of which regularly appeared in the New Yorker.
His first cartoon was published in the magazine in 1935, long before his particular take on macabre fun went mainstream.
The Addams Family, including Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing, were recurring characters who originally appeared separately.
Addams died of a heart attack in 1988.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.