Friday, July 06, 2018

Chas Addams: Variation on a theme

Sheer pleasure for me is going through old issues of The New Yorker, looking at the cartoons. (The New Yorker editors prefer the word “drawings” over cartoons.) Their archive makes it possible. These I am showing you are from their archive, and I do not own any copyrights. I am showing you for the sole purpose of educating anyone who will listen of the greatness of The New Yorker, especially when it came to talent like Charles Addams.

What I have noticed in going through his career is that Addams used variations on themes. I am showing today drawings made with little people. And when I say little I mean really little.

Addams was a tall man; some have estimated about 6’4”. He could have looked down on his fellow mortals and seen some of them as minuscule. But I am just guessing. Whatever his reason, tiny people figured into a theme he went back to many times.