Phil Murphy: Art Picks

Creator Art Picks, where we ask comic creators about the comics and artists they like and that influence them. Phil Murphy is currently the artist on Kaboom’s Adventure Time comic and has done covers for Boom too.
Who was the first artist you took notice of when getting into comics, that made you realize it was someone’s job to draw or just made you aware of creators?
Well I grew up reading comics like Asterix , The Adventures of  Tintin , Disney Comics and The Beano so those were my first introduction into the medium, reading and studying them really inspired me.


Do you have a biggest influence or favourite artist, one that’s maybe affected your style or storytelling more than others?
Humberto Ramos , he is one of my all time favourite artist and has really influenced me a lot, his work on Spider-Man is some of the best art I have ever seen in a comic the way he pushes expressions and movement to the limit is just amazing.


Do you have a favourite artistic run on a series, or simply a love of the way one artist draws a certain character or team?
Nick Bradshaw’s run on Army of Darkness is one of my favourite series, its funny and action packed and Bradshaw just captures the feeling of the movie perfectly .


Do you have a specific favourite page or sequence from an artist?
I’m going to say Nick Bradshaw again here using this splash page to show how much detail he is able to work into an image and I just love his style.


What’s your favourite comic book cover?
Todd McFarlane Spider-Man Torment No.1 I had a giant sized poster of this on my wall as a kid it has always been one of my favourites.


Who’s your favourite artist right now?
I would have to say its a tie between Humberto Ramos and Joe Mad, whenever I see anything involving these guys I have to get it.


Is there a current underrated artist or up and coming one you’d like to highlight?
Hm.. Well I don’t think he is underrated or up and coming but I am just in awe of what Jerry Gaylord is doing at the moment, the guy is just full of talent.
Questions compiled by Chris O’Halloran