Value of Original Murphy Anderson Art

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Best known for his work on DC titles in the Silver Age, Murphy Anderson has a strong following in the art collecting community.

Facts About Original Murphy Anderson Comic Art

Record Sale for Artwork:
$167,000 The Flash #137 Cover Art

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Key Comic Book Issues:

  • Showcase #60
  • Hawkman #1
  • The Flash #137
  • The Brave and the Bold #61
Murphy Anderson

How Much is Murphy Anderson Art Worth?

Big money. Strong five figures for important Silver Age pieces, and into six figures for cover art.

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Prices For Murphy Anderson Art

The Flash #137 Cover Art sold for $167,000
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Batman #196 Cover Art sold for $59,750
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Batman #228 Cover Art sold for $45,600
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The Brave and the Bold #61 Complete 8-Page Story sold for $28,800
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Hawkman #7 Cover Art sold for $49,200
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Hawkman #13 Complete 24-Page Story sold for $40,800
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Hawkman #3 Cover Art sold for $36,000
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Hawkman #4 Complete 13-Page Story sold for $126,000
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Hawkman #5 Cover Art sold for $45,600
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Hawkman #8 Cover Art sold for $34,655
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Justice League of America #14 Cover Art sold for $44,810
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Justice League of America #17 Cover Art sold for $59,750
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Mystery in Space #87 Cover Art sold for $48,000
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Mystery in Space #91 Cover Art sold for $40,630
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Planet Comics #50 Splash Page 1 sold for $13,200
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Showcase #55 Splash Page 10 sold for $22,110
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Showcase #60 Complete 8-Page Story sold for $90,000
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Strange Adventures #21 Cover Art sold for $22,800
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Strange Adventures #28 Splash Page 1 sold for $13,200
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Strange Adventures #147 Cover Art sold for $16,800
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Strange Adventures #159 Cover Art sold for $18,000
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Strange Adventures #160 Cover Art sold for $14,400
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Strange Adventures #161 Cover Art sold for $8,400
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Strange Adventures #221 Cover Art sold for $26,400
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Superman #423 Cover Art sold for $52,800
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History of Murphy Anderson in Comic Book Art

Murphy Anderson got his start in the comic book industry after being hired on as a staff artist for the publisher Fiction House in 1943. He had his first work published the following year, a two-and-two-thirds page long non-fiction feature entitled Jet Propulsion in Wings Comics #48.

Two issues later, Anderson published his first fiction story, an eight-page feature called Suicide Smith and the Air Commanders in Wings Comics #50. He then became a regular artists on the series Planet Comics, contributing two regular features, Life on Other Worlds and Star Pirate. 

Anderson served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1945, and while stateside he regular provided artwork for a number of science-fiction pulp magazines.

From 1947 to 1949, Anderson illustrated the Buck Rogers comic book series and during the 1950s he freelanced for a variety of publishers including Pines Comics, St. John Publications, Ziff Davis, DC Comics and Atlas Comics

In 1951, Anderson succeeded Carmine Infantino as the artist for the superhero feature Captain Comet, beginning with issue #12 of Strange Adventures. In Strange Adventures #117, Anderson and writer John Broome co-created the feature Atomic Knights, which Anderson would later describe as his favourite assignment.

In 1964, the Hawkman series was relaunched with Anderson providing the artwork and the stories written by Gardner Fox, the two co-created the character of Zantanna with issue #4 of the series.

In 1966, the duo also revived the Spectre character, featuring him in Showcase #60 and the popularity of his revival led to the Spectre getting his own title the following year. 

Anderson was also responsible for the comic book format change during the 1960s, wherein the pages went from being 12x18 inches to 10x15 inches, which allowed the publisher to photograph two pages simultaneously. This suggestion by Anderson subsequently let to changing the industry standard by the end of the decade. 

In both 1964 and 1965, Anderson won the Alley Award for Best Inking Artist and Best Comic Book Cover. In 1984, he won an Inkpot Award and in 1998 he was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

In 1999, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame and in 2013 into the Inkwell Awards Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame.


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