The Addams Family: An Evilution
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with dust jacket
224 pages with more than 200 cartoons (approximately 50 are published here for the first time), many in color
10 chapters explore each Addams Family character, as well as their mansion (“A House To Die For”).
Written by H. Kevin Miserocchi
Size: 8 x 10 in.
The “evilution” of Charles Addams’s 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 hadn’t 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 Addams's cartoons over the next 26 years, before the cheerfully creepy clan debuted on ABC television in 1964 and later on the big screen in 1991.
The Addams Family: An Evilution is the first book to trace The Addams Family history. Text by H. Kevin Miserocchi, director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, offers a revealing chronology of each character’s evolution (for instance, did you know that Addams originally named Pugsley “Pubert”?), while Addams's own incisive character descriptions, originally penned for the benefit of the television show producers, introduce each chapter.