Charles Addams was born January 7, 1912 and is the cartoonist and the original creator of the Addams Family. He loved mixing macabre with dark humor. He was born in Westfield, New Jersey to Grace M. and Charles Huy Addams.
Addams had the Addams family on the brain before he even knew when he became engrossed with certain old houses in the neighborhood and in college, which were the inspiration for the Addams Family Manor. He also enjoyed visiting the cemetery. Addams was always working on his cartoons.
In 1933, Addams took a position working for True Detective Magazine retouching pictures of corpses. He also submitted a cartoon to The New Yorker and was soon freelancing on the side for the magazine creating cartoons. This is the magazine where the Addams family first appeared. The characters didn’t even have names at first, but the more he drew them, the more life he gave to them, the sooner the names came to him.
Morticia Addams was modeled as his wife whom he met while serving Signal Corps Photographic Center in New York during World War II, and later his second his wife with the long hair and slight ringlets. It was obvious he was thinking about family.
In 1956 his wife, talked him into taking an insurance policy out on his Addams family characters for television and film franchises and persuaded her husband to give away other legal rights.
His legend has continued through his work years later followed by movies, television cartoons, and Broadway Theater, which are beloved by all.
What has always been truly inspiring to me about the Addams Family is that they all loved and cared for one another. In their culture it is alright for them to play with bombs, knives, and swords, because the aware of what they are doing, and they never really hurt one another. They do it to each other, never to anyone outside of their clan.