No. 186 – The Stabbins Family

The Straightjacket Fits ensemble written by David Bishop and drawn by Roger Langridge from Judge Dredd: The Megazine Vol. 1 No. 19 (1992) v The Addams Family (1991) theatrical poster

The Straightjacket Fits characters are (left panel) Adolf the Tall Dwarf (back), and left to right: Robodoc One, Jack Nickelson*, Dr. Drongo Stabbins, Nurse Honey, Captain James T. Astro, Douglas Fir and the Toupée (bottom); and assuming everyone’s vaguely familiar with the 1991 film, the cast of The Straitjacket Fits “The Stabbins Family” image correspond to the following Addams family members:

Created by Charles [Samuel “Chas”] Addams (1912–1988), The Addams Family – a satirical inversion of the ideal 20th century American family – began life as a one-panel cartoon in The New Yorker in 1938, wherein the characters remained unnamed until The Addams Family television show aired in on ABC in 1964. As Addams himself said of his paradoxically close-knit, loving and generous creations:

“Gomez and Pugsley are enthusiastic. Morticia is even in disposition, muted, witty, sometimes deadly. Grandma Frump is foolishly good-natured. Wednesday is her mother’s daughter. A closely knit family, the real head being Morticia – although each of the others is a definite character – except for Grandma, who is easily led. Many of the troubles they have as a family are due to Grandma’s fumbling, weak character. The house is a wreck, of course, but this is a house-proud family just the same and every trap door is in good repair.”

*Referring, obviously, to actor Jack Nicholson, probably in his Oscar-winning role as R.P. McMurphy in Miloš Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (United Artists, 1975)

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