on July 17, 2004
A very lavishly illustrated autobiographical memoir of Murphy Anderson's varied career in cartooning, The Life & Art Of Murphy Anderson begins with his entry into the 1940s "Golden Age" of comic books. Anderson's credentials include having produced the very popular syndicated comic strip "Buck Rogers", as well as educational comics for the military services publication "PS Magazine". Anderson is perhaps best known for his exceptional and ground-breaking work at DC Comics in the 1960s and 70s on such superhero characters as Superman, Hawkman, Adam Strange, The Atomic Knights, and so many others. It was his style that defined the DC look for a generation of comic book fans. His anecdotal recollections are replete with insightful commentary on the state of the art, as and includes behind-the-scenes stories about the other artist he has encountered in the course of his long and successful career including Lou Fine, Will Eisner, Curt Swan, Gil Kane, and others. Illustrated throughout with a generous examples of work drawn from every phase of his career which also included Fiction House and Ziff-Davis, The Life And Art Of Murphy Anderson is "must reading" for all dedicated comic book fans past and present!
on December 22, 2003
Anderson was one of those great comics veterans who did classy, craftsmanlike work, but who were overlooked by some fans because their work was not "flashy" enough. But Anderson's work passes the test of time.
Whether doing complete art jobs or inking over Curt Swan or Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson's beautiful line and flair for expostion over flash should be studied by today's comic artists. This book combines a superb career overview and biography, as well as tons of great art. I recommend this book highly!