Sean Murphy (artist)

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Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy at BookCon (26695).jpg
Murphy at BookCon in June 2019
BornSean Gordon Murphy
Nashua, New Hampshire
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Artist, Inker
Notable works

Sean Gordon Murphy (born 1980) is an American comic book creator known for work on books such as Joe the Barbarian with Grant Morrison, Chrononauts with Mark Millar, American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest and The Wake with Scott Snyder, Tokyo Ghost with Rick Remender, and the miniseries Punk Rock Jesus. He is also the creator of the Murphyverse, writing Batman: White Knight and its sequels Curse of the White Knight and Beyond the White Knight.

Early life[edit]

Sean Gordon Murphy was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in late 1980. He showed an interest in comics during grade school. In Salem he apprenticed to local painter and cartoonist, Leslie Swank. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy high school in 1999, and attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and then Savannah College of Art and Design.[1]


Murphy started working professionally before graduating, on titles such Star Wars and Noble Causes, before moving onto various projects for Dark Horse Comics.[1]

Murphy's comic book work includes the miniseries Batman/Scarecrow: Year One with writer Bruce Jones for DC Comics and the graphic novel Off Road for Oni Press.

He has also had a run on Hellblazer[2] and, also at Vertigo, he is the artist on Joe the Barbarian, with writer Grant Morrison.[3]

In 2005 he published his first original graphic novel, Off Road, which went on to win an American Library Association Award for young adults.[1]

In 2006 Murphy illustrated the Dark Horse miniseries Outer Orbit along with miniseries co-creator, Zach Howard.[4]

Murphy worked on Joe the Barbarian, which was published in early 2010.

In 2012 Murphy wrote, penciled and inked the six-issue, black and white creator-owned Vertigo miniseries Punk Rock Jesus, whose protagonist is a clone of Jesus Christ who starred in his own reality television program as a child, and has grown into a rebellious young man.[4][5][6] The miniseries was described as Murphy's "passion project years in the making", and focuses on religion and the media in the United States as themes, more complicated issues than Murphy had previously addressed in his work. The series was inspired by Murphy's reaction to ascendance of Sarah Palin into the national spotlight. Murphy says, "Sarah Palin scared the shit out of me in 2007 -- I was floored that someone that ignorant could come so close to being President. And a lot of her comments were about religion, politics, and the media. It made me want to take action, but I was just a comic book artist and I wasn't sure what I could do. So I started addressing my concerns about these three topics in Punk Rock Jesus. And I felt I really had something, but then Obama was elected and suddenly the need for Punk Rock Jesus was gone. I was an Obama fan, and I'm glad that Palin isn't anywhere near the nuclear codes, but I felt that I'd missed a window where Punk Rock Jesus would be most relevant. But [the 2012 election] has brought up all my old concerns, so suddenly Punk Rock Jesus feels relevant again."[7] The series received positive reviews by Comic Book Resources,[5][8] Weekly Comic Book Review,[9] Bleeding Cool[10] and IGN.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Murphy lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Colleen Katana, having moved there from Brooklyn in 2016.[12] Murphy was raised a Catholic, but is now an atheist.[7]


Full-length comics[edit]

  • Crush (with Jason Hall, 4-issue mini-series and TPB, Dark Horse Comics, 2003)
  • Batman/Scarecrow: Year One (with Bruce Jones, 2-issue mini-series, DC Comics, 2005)
  • Off Road (script and art, graphic novel, Oni Press, 2005)
  • Outer Orbit (co-writer/co-artist/colorist, with Zach Howard, 4-issue mini-series, Dark Horse Comics, 2006 – 2007)
  • Hellblazer: #245-246: "Newcastle Calling" (with Jason Aaron, Vertigo, 2008)
  • Joe the Barbarian (with Grant Morrison, 8-issue limited series, Vertigo, March 2010 – present, hardcover, February 2011, ISBN 1-4012-2971-9)
  • Hellblazer: City of Demons (with Si Spencer, five-issue limited series, Vertigo, December 2010 – May 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3153-5)
  • American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest (with Scott Snyder, five-issue limited series, Vertigo, August 2011 – December 2011)
  • Punk Rock Jesus (script and art, six-issue limited series, Vertigo, July 2012 – January 2013)
  • The Wake (with Scott Snyder, ten-issue limited series, Vertigo, June 2013 – July 2014)
  • Chrononauts (with Mark Millar, four-issue limited series, Image Comics, March 2015 - June 2015)
  • Tokyo Ghost (with Rick Remender and Matt Hollingsworth, Image Comics, September 2015 – July 2016)[13][14]
  • Catwoman (Vol 5): #23-24 (script and cover, with Blake Northcott, DC Comics, May 2020 - June 2020)


Short comics[edit]

  • Batman/Superman Annual as contributing artist
  • Angel Spotlight: Lindsey as contributing artist
  • Star Wars Tales #19 as contributing artist
  • Star Wars Tales #15 as contributing artist
  • Noble Causes: Extended Family as contributing artist
  • Absolute Zero (prequel to Interstellar, written by Christopher Nolan, published in Wired magazine)

Covers and pin-ups[edit]

Illustration work[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bio". Retrieved October 21, 2010
  2. ^ "Tracking a Rising Star: Talking to Sean Murphy". Newsarama. December 19, 2008
  3. ^ O'Shea, Tim (January 18, 2010). "Talking Comics with Tim: Sean Murphy". Robot 6. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Arrant, Chris (April 9, 2012). "Exclusive: Sean Murphy's PUNK ROCK JESUS Rises at Vertigo". Newsarama.
  5. ^ a b Hunt, James (July 16, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #1". Comic Book Resources.
  6. ^ "Punk Rock Jesus Comics". IGN. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Dueben, Alex (June 12, 2012). "Murphy Gets Passionate with 'Punk Rock Jesus'". Comic Book Resources.
  8. ^ Thompson, Kelly (August 13, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #2". Comic Book Resources.
  9. ^ Stell, Dean (July 14, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #1 – Review". Weekly Comic Book Review.
  10. ^ Johnston, Rich (August 11, 2012). "Review: Punk Rock Jesus #2". Bleeding Cool.
  11. ^ Bailey, Benjamin (August 8, 2012). "Punk Rock Jesus #2 Review". IGN.
  12. ^ "Artist draws on Portland for scenes in new Batman comic series". Press Herald. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  13. ^ "Tokyo Ghost". Image Comics.
  14. ^ "Sean Gordon Murphy: Crafting Tokyo Ghost [Interview]". Image Comics. February 25, 2016.

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