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Charles Addams: The Addams Family: an…

Charles Addams: The Addams Family: an Evilution

by H. Kevin Miserocchi, Charles Addams

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The "evilution" of Charles Addams's singularly eccentric family began long before the television and film interpretations made them icons of American popular culture. Addams first created Morticia, Lurch and The Thing in a cartoon published in a 1938 issue of the New Yorker-though he hadn't named them at the time, or even conceived of a family unit. (When he did name the deadly matriarch, he was inspired by the Yellow Pages listing for "Morticians.") Other characters were born and developed in a multitude of Addams's cartoons over the next twenty-six years, before the cheerfully creepy clan debuted on ABC television in 1964 and later on the big screen, twice, in 1991 and 1993. The Addams Family: An Evilution is the first book to trace The Addams Family history, presenting more than 200 cartoons created by Charles Addams (American, 1912-1988) throughout his prolific career; many have never been published before. Text by H. Kevin Miserocchi, director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, offers a revealing chronology of each character's evolution (for instance, did you know that Addams originally named Pugsley "Pubert"?), while Addams's own incisive character descriptions, originally penned for the benefit of the television show producers, introduce each chapter. As the presence of the Family continues to permeate generation after generation, and in celebration of the Broadway musical debuting in 2010, this book reminds us where these oddly lovable characters came from and, in doing so, offers a lasting tribute to one of America's greatest humorists. A phenomenon of rare proportion, The Addams Family is the manifestation of one artist's dark but irresistible wit, expressed with an uncommonly deft hand.… (more)
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This fascinating book gives the history of the Addams family, from their conception in the imagination of Charles Addams through their development in the cartoons and on through to the television series and movies. It tells how Charles Addams envisioned them, and how they were changed to suit the various media adaptions. Included in the book are both published and previously unpublished cartoons. If you have ever enjoyed the drawings in their original form or snapped your fingers along with the TV series theme song, this is a book that you will enjoy from beginning to end. ( )
  Maydacat | Apr 3, 2019 |
The Addams Family: An Evilution collects most of Charles Addams' cartoons of the family complete with histories on each character. The editors of this volume arranged it by family member, with Addams' short character descriptions written for the 1964-66 television series leading each section followed by a longer examination of the character's history in the cartoons, television, and film. These histories are a nice touch, but Addams' cartoons are the best part of this volume. His wit and humor continue to delight as he invites readers to share the joy of schadenfreude. The inclusion of previously-unpublished cartoons make this a must-have for fans of the Addams Family! ( )
  DarthDeverell | Dec 4, 2016 |
Reading the history of each family member of the Addams clan is fascinating, but the real stand-out feature of this book are of course the never-before published cartoons.

Given that the book's intention us to present the evolution of the family members, the one thing I would have really appreciated would have been if the cartoons for each family member had been in any semblance of a chronological order. Failing that, having the original publication date on the same page as the cartoon would have been appreciated, instead of being forced to flip to the back of the book. I'm also uncertain as to whether the dates listed for publication in books was the first publication of that cartoon, or a reprinting.

I also found the font choice for the cartoon captions slightly off-putting, and one cartoon that has an italicized word in my original book didn't in this book.

But those are minor quibbles, as clearly the real enjoyment comes from the cartoons themselves, which are excellent. ( )
  g33kgrrl | Jul 11, 2012 |
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