The Addams Family: an Evilution

The Addams Family: an Evilution by H. Kevin Miserocchi, Charles Addams 0764953885 9780764953880
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The evilution of Charles Addamss 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 hadnt 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 Addamss 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 characters evolution (for instance, did you know that Addams originally named Pugsley Pubert?), while Addamss 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 Americas greatest humorists. A phenomenon of rare proportion, The Addams Family is the manifestation of one artists dark but irresistible wit, expressed with an uncommonly deft hand.

Author: H. Kevin Miserocchi, Charles Addams

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 224

Publisher: Pomegranate

Publication Date: 2010-03-31


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