Thursday, November 1, 2018

In Pursuit of Charles Addams

After American Frank Shorter won the men's marathon in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, jogging became suddenly popular in America. Cartoonist Charles Addams naturally had his own take on this running boom. An autograph letter by Addams is coming up for sale next week in the Swann Galleries Autographs sale. He's personally responding to a query from one Mr. Bernstein who is looking to acquire a running-themed drawing from the previous issue of the New Yorker. "Can you be a jogger?" is a pretty specific clue here that Mr. Bernstein must be looking for the Addams cartoon published in the March 22, 1976 issue. This would date the Addams letter to the last week of March 1976. The original cartoon art was not available as it was being held for an exhibition at the Nicholls Gallery in November. Was Mr. Bernstein ultimately successful in his pursuit of this Charles Addams original?

Charles Addams
ALS, c. late March 1976

Charles Addams
Swann Galleries
Sale 2492 Autographs
Lot 364
November 8, 2018

Charles Addams
The New Yorker, March 22, 1976, page 26

Cartoons by Charles Addams and Stan Hunt

Goings On About Town
The New Yorker,
November 8, 1976, page 8

November 8, 2018 Update:  Sold!
Hammer Price $80

Note:  I would like to hear from anyone who knows the whereabout of the original Charles Addams jogger cartoon.

Quick Links to the Attempted Bloggery Archives:

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