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Monday, June 02, 2008

Original Stock Art by Murphy Anderson

This is a scan of the original Murphy Anderson art that was used for approximately seventeen thousand different pieces of merchandising in the 1970s, as well as the cover icon on Aquaman comics.

It was sent to me by a Mysterious Benefactor, who asked to remain anonymous and I will honor that request.

It's simple, classic, perfectly balanced in its lights and darks; no wonder DC used it so many times and in so many different ways. Nice job, Mr. Anderson!


sgShameless Plug Department: It's an exciting day today over at my
JLA Satellite blog--we have a brand-new interview with legendary artist and longtime JLA inker Frank McLaughlin! Check it out!


Diabolu Frank said...

I would call it gorgeous, but it already says that right there on the drawing at bottom left. At least, that's how I always read "Murphy Anderson..."

Anonymous said...

You know, I've actually never been a fan of this piece. It's beautifully rendered, don't get me wrong, but I always hated that pose. It's like Aquaman was being bent in half!

Anonymous said...

bentongray, is your secret identity....Black Manta??!! Just kidding. Put me definitely in the LOVE IT camp. This drawing for me WAS Aquaman for years and years.

Anonymous said...

That is THE iconic image of Aquaman. Anderson was the Garcia Lopez of his time, defining the DCU for a generation of fans, both hardcore and passing.


Scurvy said...

I just had a really cool moment as your page loaded.

The glass I was enjoying my beverage out of and the piece of stock art featured in todays post were side by side in my line of vision perfectly!