Friday, October 30, 2009

Witching Hour #38: "Makers of the Mist!"

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One of Murphy Anderson's specialties has always been science fiction. His earliest professional work was drawing Star Pirate and Life on Other Planets for Fiction House's Planet Comics in 1944. A fan of Buck Rogers since childhood, Anderson was given the opportunity to draw the daily strip in 1947. He stayed with it for two years, then quit, but was persuaded to draw Buck's twenty-fifth-century adventures again for a year in 1958. For Ziff Davis's brief fling with comic books, he worked on Amazing Adventures and Lars of Mars.

Signing up with DC in the early 1950s, Anderson went on to draw such sci-fi features as Captain Comet, The Atomic Knights, and John Carter of Mars. Anderson's style changed some over the years, but always remained attractive, visually appealing, and easily recognizable. He was also an excellent inker and worked with Carmine Infantino on Adam Strange and with Gil Kane on both The Green Lantern and The Atom.

Murphy Anderson took over the production of the Army's PS Magazine after Will Eisner left it. Having formed Murphy Anderson Visual Concepts, he withdrew pretty much from comic books to concentrate on commercial art and producing color separations. His cartooning work in recent years has consisted mostly of re-creations of old comic-book covers (his own and others'), which can be seen on such magazines as Alter Ego and the 2003 edition of the Comic Book Price Guide.


Cover: Nick Cardy
Script: Gerry Conway
Pencils and inks: Murphy Anderson


=link said...

arg- Crypto-christianity! DC used to indulge in this nonsense every so often--still does, actually--Funny, since most of the writers and editors were Jewish, like me.

=link said...

Great art, tho! I didn't know Murphy Anderson ever did work for the mystery mags. I missed this, first time around--glad you rescued it from the obscurity of history. Thanks...

The Old Warrior said...

I know, I know! But, like many of us out there, I was raised on Christian superstition and only managed to break free of it after discovering critical thinking skills in adulthood. Ol' Murphy Anderson did a great job on this one, I agree, but give me the greats like Neal Adams and Esteban Moroto, I say ;-]

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