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

->''"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly."''

A long-time contributor of cartoons to ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' magazine, Charles Samuel Addams[[note]]or "Chas Addams", as he usually signed his artwork[[/note]] (19121988) 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) ''Franchise/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.

!!Works by Charles Addams with their own pages:
* ComicStrip/TheAddamsFamily cartoons

!!Other works by Charles Addams provide examples of the following tropes:
* ArtisticTitle: Addams provided these for the films ''Film/{{The Old Dark House|1963}}'' (1963) and ''Film/MurderByDeath'' (1976).
* AwfulWeddedLife: Pretty much any depiction of a husband and wife involves one or the other either fantasizing about, actively plotting to, or cleaning up after doing their spouse in.
* BlackComedy: It's basically his trademark.
* ChainedToARailway: Used as a gag more than once.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Addams himself. He died (peacefully) seated behind the wheel of one of his classic automobiles.
* ConjoinedTwins: Sometimes showed up.
* DadaComics: Occasionally ventures into this territory.
* 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 [[MirrorMonster demonic-looking horned monster]] in his place.
* EnfantTerrible: Shows up often, even besides the Addams family kids.
* 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.
* HumanHeadOnTheWall: An [[http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/danolson/media/cGF0aDpCbG9nIHN0dWZmL0Jsb2cgc3R1ZmYwMDIvZmlyZXBsYWNlYnVzdG1vZGVsX3pwczgyYWEzNjI2LmpwZw==?ref= unusual]] divorce settlement.
* MultipleHeadCase: Pretty common.
* NightmareFetishist: The man was openly into the dark and macabre.
* OurGargoylesRock: They show up on occasion.
* RuleOfFunny: Bizarre situations without explanation are common.
* SlaveGalley: A recurring setting for gags.
* SurrealHumor / SurrealHorror: Go hand in hand in his cartoons.
* UrbanFantasy: Many of his cartoons had this feel, with the strange and supernatural happening amidst crowded cities.