Ode to an Addams

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Top left: Addams ' original family,
Bottom left: The 1960s tv show
Top right: The 1990 film
Bottom right: The 2012 Broadway production.

Whether he knew it during his lifetime, New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams sparked his own cultural revolution when he created a family of creepy and kooky characters.

60 years after their debut in the New Yorker, the Addams family still speaks to the unapologetic outcast that just wants society to leave them be.

Had Mr. Addams not had the courage to embrace his own (very taboo for the 1930s to 1960s) interests, we would not have Hot Topic, Cristina Ricci or Melissa Hunter’s Adult Wednesday Addams. Or fandom for fictional villains. Or goths in general. He made it ok to get in touch with our dark side.

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