The present cartoon appeared in the New Yorker magazine on the 16th of November 1957 (pg. 58). In addition to his contribution to the magazine, Charles Addams was perhaps best known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters, some of whom became known as The Addams Family. In a 2010 interview, Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of the New Yorker, addressed the characteristically dark nature of Addams's work, as exemplified in the present cartoon: "I think his influence extends beyond the horror genre, to humor not as a comforting 'laughter is the best medicine' anodyne but as something deeply skeptical of the purported values of middle-class American life. By making us laugh at, and with, his fiendish protagonists, he makes us temporarily share their values, and doubt our own."