Do you know which Addams Family member was created first?
Who came first, Gomez or Morticia? Wednesday or Pugsley?
In The Addams Family episode "Halloween – Addams Style," Wednesday Addams holds a séance. The young girl is hoping to reconnect with her late Aunt Singe, who she believes to be a witch.
Over the course of the TV series, we meet many members of The Addams Family and we hear of many more. From the inspiration provided by Charles Addams’ characters ultimately known as The Addams Family came a parade of unique personalities that only truly fit in the show’s more macabre TV universe.
But only the biggest fans of the original comics know the history of the Addams Family characters well enough to know which character came first and sparked the entire universe.
Do you know which family member was the original Addams character, the first one we ever met?
In 1938, Charles Addams drew the first comic that featured the character who would become known as Morticia Addams, making the lady of the house the muse of the whole family.
In that first comic, Morticia is joined by Lurch and Thing, who both were brought to life before the character of Gomez was ever conceived.
The Morticia cartoon showed a vacuum cleaner salesperson trying to sell Morticia on his wares in a dilapidated foyer with Lurch and Thing nearby as her helpful servants. The caption read: "Vibrationless, noiseless, and a great time and back saver. No well-appointed home should be without it."
The next Addams Family member to spring to Charles Addams’ mind was Wednesday.
In 1940, she appeared as a skinny, somber girl skipping rope as a concerned couple passes by. They’re disturbed because they hear her counting, "Twenty-three thousand and one, twenty-three thousand and two, twenty-three thousand and three..."
The following year, Charles Addams started drawing the mischievous young boy who would become Pugsley.
In the earliest Pugsley comics from 1941, he’s shown as a misbehaving boy scout, the disturbed son of concerned parents and the not-so-innocent bystander watching an octopus drag a victim down a manhole.
These early comics led to the crystallization of the Pugsley character in a 1943 comic showing a woodshop class where others build bird houses, but Pugsley is hard at work making a coffin.
Depending how you judge the timeline of the creation of the Pugsley character, Gomez was either created just before or just after Pugsley appeared from Addams’ pen.
Gomez got introduced in 1942, four years after Morticia, and we have to say it was worth the wait, because he made the perfect entrance that took us straight to the heart of the character.
The first-ever Gomez comic shows the Addams patriarch hugging Morticia and asking, "Are you unhappy, darling?" to which Morticia replies, "Oh, yes yes! Completely."
Then in 1944, Addams finally put Morticia in a comic with her kids.
That comic showed Wednesday standing in a hallway before Morticia, looking upset. Morticia tells the sulking Wednesday, "Well, don’t come whining to me. Go tell him you’ll poison him right back." In the background, Pugsley peeks out of a bedroom.
As for the rest of the family, both Granny Frump and Uncle Fester were created in 1941, both ahead of Gomez.
And Cousin Itt, he was created dead last, becoming the rarest of the Addams Family members to feature in Addams’ ooky illustrated world. Itt only appeared in two comics total and the first one didn’t come out until after the TV series premiered.