Saturday, February 6, 2016

2/6/1932 Charles Addams breaks in

February 6, 1932.  The issue of The New Yorker with this cover date contained the first published cartoon of Charles Addams.  It was about a window washer, but I haven't found a copy of it, so I don't know if it had that morbid sense of humor for which he is known and loved.

Of course, it is that morbid streak that made him a favorite of mystery writers and fans.  The Mystery Writers of America gave him a Special Edgar Award.  And they probably didn't turn their backs on him.


  1. It's a rudimentary (unsigned) one-column 'spot' illustration on pg. 65 of the issue.

  2. Oh yes, and it's a line drawing of a high-rise window washer from a high angle.