Saturday, January 2, 2021

Harry Bliss: Inspired by Charles Addams

Last week we saw how Harry Bliss's cover art for The New Yorker issue of December 28, 2020 was directly based on a cartoon by Charles Addams that ran in the magazine back on December 27, 1952. Bliss readily acknowledges his debt to Addams, which can also be seen in his daily syndicated panel strip called simply Bliss. The panel for this past Tuesday, December 29, may well have been inspired by Addams's New Yorker cover of May 19, 1975:

Charles Addams
The New Yorker, May 19, 1975

On Halloween day of 2020, the inspiration for the Bliss cartoon was obvious to all with its appropriation of Addams Family characters—but to what end? Addams would never have created a gag like this. It reads, "Apologies to Charles Addams" at the lower left. (By the way, don't try this at home.)

Note:  My post on the December 28, 2020 New Yorker cover is here.


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