[[caption-width-right:300:Charles Addams and [[Series/TheAddamsFamily his famous family]].]]

A long-time contributor of cartoons to ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' magazine, Charles Addams (1912-1988) specialized in whimsically grotesque scenes, which was evidently [[CollectorOfTheStrange something of a case]] of [[WriteWhoYouKnow Drawing What He Knew]].

One set of his recurring characters became the basis for the television series (and later movies) ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. Addams also drew such classic one-off cartoons as [[ObstacleSkiCourse a skier somehow going around a tree on both sides at once]]; a [[DastardlyWhiplash moustachioed villain]] with a young damsel slung over his shoulder heading down into a subway, presumably to [[ChainedToARailway tie her to the tracks]]; and a {{banana peel}} lying on a busy city sidewalk, cordoned off by "caution" signs.

!! This creator provides examples of the following tropes:
* AwfulWeddedLife: Numerous examples of husbands and wives either fantasizing about or actively plotting to do each other in. Interestingly, the reoccurring tribe who became The Addams Family is a very notable exception to this.
-->"Are you unhappy, darling?"
-->"Oh, yes. ''Yes!'' Completely."
* BaldOfEvil: The guy who became Uncle Fester.
* BlackComedy: It's basically his trademark.
* ChainedToARailway: Used as a gag more than once.
* ChristmasCarolers: A classic cartoon (replicated at the start of ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' movie) has the Family preparing to drop boiling oil onto a group of carolers in front of their house.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Addams himself. He died (peacefully) seated behind the wheel of one of his classic automobiles.
* DeathAsComedy: Again, done numerous times. One typical example has a woman inviting her husband to enter the house, while she has a gun aimed at the door.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Most cartoons are in black-and-white and take place in dark settings.
* DrosteImage: Subverted in one cartoon, where an ordinary-looking man is reflected in a pair of barbershop mirrors to this effect... but one of the reflections shows a demonic-looking horned monster in his place.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: One cartoon depicts an AlienInvasion, with one of the invaders being greeted by a homeowner and told, "I'm sorry, sonny. We've run out of candy."
* FurIsClothing: One cartoon depicts a bear leaving a fur-storage place in boxer shorts and sunglasses.
* TheNameless: In his original cartoons the Addams Family characters remained nameless. Only for the tv sitcom ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' the script writers asked him to [[NamedbytheAdaptation invent names]] for the individual family members.
* NightmareFetishist: The man was openly into the dark and macabre.
* NoodlePeople: The gal who became Morticia.
* UnholyMatrimony: As noted, the couple who became known as Gomez and Morticia Addams are a sort of borderline example; they are very creepy and eccentric, but calling them overtly "evil" might not be entirely fair.
* SiblingRivalry: Carried to an extreme by the little dark-haired girl (eventually named 'Wednesday') and her bulbous brother ('Pugsley'). Attempted assassination was the theme of several of their cartoons.