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The New Yorker is an American weekly magazine published by Condé Nast. It debuted 21 February 21 1925 as a sophisticated humor magazine, welcoming many important cartoonists to its stable.


Charles Addams began as a cartoonist in the The New Yorker with a sketch of a window washer that ran on 6 February 1932.[1] His cartoons appeared regularly in the magazine beginning in 1938, when he created the first instance of what became known as The Addams Family.[1] In 1940, he submitted "Downhill Skier," which earned him an offer to come on board full-time for New York's premier literary magazine. He continued there until his death in 1988, drawing over 1,300 cartoons.

During the run of the original television series, The New Yorker editor William Shawn refused to publish any Addams Family cartoons, though he continued to publish other Charles Addams cartoons. Shawn regarded his magazine as targeting a more refined readership and did not want it associated with characters who could be seen on television by just anybody. After Shawn's 1987 retirement, the characters were welcomed back to The New Yorker.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Maslin, Janet (26 October 2006), "In Search of the Dark Muse of a Master of the Macabre", The New York Times: p. E9,, retrieved 2006-10-26