It was reported today that Murphy Anderson passed away this Friday morning at the age of 89. He was recognized by the Inkwell Awards with a Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award in 2013 (alongside Dick Ayers) but he was not well enough at the time to travel to the host show at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. Mike Pascale wrote up a wonderful tribute article on account of this accomplishment at our website. Inkwell director Bob Almond wrote the following today on his Facebook page:
My sincerest condolences to the family of Murphy Anderson who it’s been reported to have passed away this morning at 89. I was always more of a Marvel guy growing up so I didn’t follow a lot of the silver-bronze age DC artists/inkers but he was recognized even by me at that time as the top tier of their house assortment of talent since the ’50s. Perhaps their DC inker version of Joe Sinnott….or he was to Curt Swan (as ‘Sanderson’) what Joe was to Jack Kirby as a team. I met him a couple of times at conventions, always professionally dressed in a suit, and he was a true gentleman in public. My son Nathan Almond sat next to him at a Boston Comic Book & Toy Spectacular show from 2005 (the same show he posed with Joe Sinnott) and Murphy was gracious about letting his play make believe and sketch alongside him. He was recognized with a prestigious Inkwell Awards’ Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame award in 2013 and Mike Pascale wrote up a wonderful tribute on his life and career. Rest in peace and thanks for all of the accomplishments and entertainment, kind sir.