I found a clip of an old show hosted by Charles Kerault in which a red-headed geekish fellow discussed a New York Public Library exhibit on one of my favorite cartoonists, Charles Addams who’s work was the source material for what would become the Addams Family franchise (his first wife was the model for Morticia). His work was frequently macabre and off-the-wall humor, something that might have inspired guys like Tim Burton (who had his own art show in New York recently), though I liked him because his humor reminded me of what Gary Larson did with The Far Side.
I never knew much about his life, the prologues to the collections of his works never having described much about him, but in the report, they said this was a man who liked to collect medevil weaponry, was married in a pet cemetery (to his third wife), and they lived in an estate in upstate New York that they dubbed The Swamp.
But maybe Addams was just good-humored, if not strangely so, the way Dali and Hitchcock were, because he appeared to be, contrary to what his cartoons may lead us to believe, a happy guy. The Wiki page at least adds support to that, where a biographer described Chas Addams as, “A well-dressed, courtly man with silvery back-combed hair and a gentle manner, he bore no resemblance to a fiend,” and only figuratively as a “ladykiller.” Apparently, he was quite the Hollywood socialite, too, rubbing elbows with Joan Fontain and Jackie O.
The above panel comes from The Invisible Agent’s collection of Addams’ cartoons.