January 7 marks the 100th birthday of cartoonist Charles Addams (1912 – 1988), famous for creating the Addams Family characters.
Google has made over its homepage in an homage to the playful black humor of Addams. A portrait of the cartoon family obscures the letters that make up the Google logo. Husband and wife Gomez and Morticia dance in front of the "G," the hairy Cousin Itt clings to one "O" (the second "O" is partially hidden by the family's creepy mansion), children Wedneday and
Pugsley play with a guillotine that disguises the second "G," towering butler Lurch holds the "L," and Uncle Fester dangles the "E" from his mouth.
A prolific artist, Addams sold his first drawing to the New Yorker when he was in his early 20s, according to a biography of Addams found at the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation website. "The Adams Family" cartoons began appearing in the magazine in 1938. The fictional family would go on to spawn a television series (1964), a number of feature films and a broadway musical (2010). The franchise was also revived several more times on TV -- as both live-action and animated series.
H. Kevin Miserocchi, executive director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation, penned a guest post on the Google Blog in honor of the doodle. "Of the thousands of works Charlie published in his 55 years of cartooning, only 150 were devoted to the group of characters who became known as The Addams Family," Miserocchi explained in his post. (Click on over to the Addams Foundation for an in-depth look at Addams' body of work.)
Visit Google.com on January 7 to see this creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky tribute, or simply check out the doodle (below).
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