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Charles Addams

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The Resume

    (January 7, 1912-September 29, 1988)
    Published cartoons in ‘The New Yorker’
    Collections include ‘Drawn and Quartered (1942),’ ‘Addams and Evil (1947),’ ‘Monster Rally (1950),’ ‘Night Crawlers (1957),’ ‘Black Maria (1960),’ ‘The Groaning Board (1964),’ ‘Favorite Haunts (1976)’ and ‘Creature Comforts (1981)’
    Inspired the ‘Addams Family’ TV series and films
    Nickname was ‘Chill’

Why he might be annoying:

    His cartoons are morbid.
    As a child, he enjoyed jumping out of a dumbwaiter and scaring the hell out of his grandmother.
    He was accused of breaking into a house and vandalizing it as a teenager.
    He collected torture instruments, skulls and other macabre knickknacks.
    He got married in a pet cemetery.
    He would answer fan mail on letterhead from ‘The Gotham Rest Home for Mental Defectives.’

Why he might not be annoying:

    His cartoons are witty and dark-humored.
    He was prolific, making enough money to support himself at just $35 per cartoon.
    Boris Karloff liked his work, and thanked Addams for ‘immortalizing’ him as the butler Lurch.
    An art scholarship named after him is given to students who attended his high school.
    The Munsters’ was a shameless rip-off of his ‘Addams Family’ characters.
    He influenced Gary Larson, Lemony Snicket and many other ‘altogether ooky’ cartoonists and writers.
    He died of a heart attack while driving a car in 1988.
    When asked how he’d like to be remembered, he said: ‘As a good cartoonist.’

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 7 Votes: 71.43% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 7 Votes: 14.29% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 13 Votes: 30.77% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 20 Votes: 45.00% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 15 Votes: 26.67% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 21.43% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 80 Votes: 52.50% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 67 Votes: 38.81% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 38 Votes: 34.21% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 65 Votes: 47.69% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 172 Votes: 47.09% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 176 Votes: 39.20% Annoying