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Murphy Anderson - RIP

Old 10-23-15, 04:16 PM
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Murphy Anderson - RIP

The Silver Age is a little dimmer today....


Artist Murphy Anderson has passed away at age 89, multiple sources including DC Comics have confirmed. Anderson is best known for his vast work at DC in the '50s, '60s and '70s, including co-creating characters such as Zatanna and the Atomic Knight.

Known for his work as both a penciler and an inker, Anderson's career dates back to the 1940s, on pulp comics published by Fiction House like "Rangers Comics" and "Planet Comics." In the early 1950s, he debuted at DC Comics and became a regular illustrator of sci-fi series "Strange Adventures," drawing Captain Comet and the Atomic Knights (created by Murphy and writer John Broome).

Anderson illustrated many of DC's famous characters during his time at the publisher, though he's most closely associated with some of the quirkier and less traditional superheroes, including Zatanna (who he co-created with writer Gardner Fox), Adam Strange (whose distinctive costume he designed), Hawkman and the Spectre; all characters whose visual identity he helped shape.

As an inker, Anderson worked extensively with late Superman artist Curt Swan through the '70s and into the '80s.

"Murphy Anderson was a fine man and an immense talent," comics writer Mark Waid stated on Twitter. "[He] was kind and gracious and the personification of the word 'gentleman.' He was also, I think, the earliest fan-turned-pro."
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One of my favorite reprints from JLA 116. Finally got the real thing a few years ago. RIP.

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Weren't we just talking about Fox and Anderson the other day? RIP.

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Anderson, Carmine Infantino and Curt Swan practically were Silver Age DC to me. This is very sad news, may he rest in peace.
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