Purr for Paul Murry!

As co-admin RG recently pointed out, we are in the middle of a move, which is not terribly conducive to long, contemplative posts, so I suppose this one could be called a bit of filler. I (for one) am always happy to look at some pretty pin-ups, and no labyrinth of boxes is going to stand in my way.

If you’re at all interested in Dell or Gold Key comics, you’re likely already familiar with the work of Paul Murry (1911-1989), whose Disney characters regularly appeared in their pages between 1946 and 1984. His life followed an interesting path – a farmer in his native Missouri, he started working for the animation department of Disney Studios in the late 1930s, then branched out into Disney’s comic department in 1943, working on newspaper strips (Uncle Remus and His Tales of Brer Rabbit in the mid-40s, the fun Buck O’Rue in the early 50s) and the aforementioned Dell/Gold Key Disney imprints.

Murry also drew girlie cartoons, and quite good ones, too. Working in animation yields handsome artistic dividends, but one might also say that Murry, with his discerning eye for dynamic anatomy, was made for it. Here’s a batch of them from the 40s and 50s.

… with the exception of this one, which is from the 30s, and ‘attributed’ to Murry – good enough for me.
Smiles no. 25 (spring 1948) – ‘Posner Murry’ is one of his aliases.

You can peruse more images at the Sekvenskonst blog (including a sequence of Murry Monday posts!)

Random fact of the day: in Russian, cats make a ‘murr’ sound (pronounced like ‘moo-rrr’, with a rolled R at the end), and that explains the title of this post.

~ ds

3 thoughts on “Purr for Paul Murry!

  1. nealumphred August 31, 2022 / 18:53

    Love it! Does anyone do “good girl art” in comics these days? If so, please do a piece on them.

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    • redscraper August 31, 2022 / 19:24

      Looks like your comment made it after all!

      I am (arguably) picky about good girl art, and most modern artists doing that aren’t really my cup of tea because they’re drawing on a computer, and it just doesn’t look appealing, imho. However, there are a couple of comic artists doing erotic-ish comics I really like, I’ll be sure to talk about them in future posts. Once we climb out of our moving boxes 😉

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      • nealumphred August 31, 2022 / 19:49

        Glad the first one made it. After I pressed the POST COMMENT button, it took me to a new window and told me to sign in to WordPress. As I was already signed it, I was confused. (Which is a regular state of being these days.)

        So I signed in again and reposted the comment again and was sent to a new window to sign in again. At this point, I sent you the email (“I’m trying to leave a comment”). Both of these appear above and would be better off deleted.

        Back to GGA: I probably place Bill Ward’s highly stylized work at the top of my fave artists in this limited genre, I don’t respond well to Vargas’ work, even though he may be the best drawer of them all.

        I also loved Wally Wood’s women, but then, I’m a sucker for almost anything Woody did.

        I don’t remember being aware of Murry’s art before but I sure like it now—especially the first one “attributed” to Murry. If that’s not his art, then we have another talented “good girl” artist out there waiting to be “discovered.”

        Keep on keepin’ on …

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