No Happy Nonsense

Charles Addams: A Cartoonist's Life
by: Linda H. Davis
Published: 2006
Genre: Biography
Finished Reading: January 11th, 2022

So, Addams had a suit of armor and antique crossbows in his house, created the original big titty goth gf in Morticia and then married two women who basically looked exactly like her, raced Italian sports cars, and was considered one of, if not the most important cartoonist at The New Yorker ever. I had no idea what to expect of the man who created a family of ghouls who made my childhood whimsicial, but I did not expect the wonderful life this dude lived.

I found it interesting that few of the Addams family members were named until the original television show necessitated it. "Gomez" was chosen between two options by the actor portraying him, John Astin. "Pugsley" was Addams' third or fourth choice for the young boy. "Wednesday" wasn't chosen by Addams at all.

An easy read, this book was thoroughly researched and shows Addams as a charismatic, fun-loving guy who was amazingly talented and dedicated at his craft, and who loved the creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky stuff in every facet of his life. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys his work.