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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Murphy Anderson Hidden Signatures!

Every week, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

This week, we feature a few examples of Murphy Anderson hiding his signature in a comic he penciled and inked.

These are all pretty obvious where they are on the page, so I won’t tell you where they are, except to note that the latter four are the more common “MA” signature while the first two are unique Anderson signatures.

First up, perhaps the coolest one of all Anderson signatures, Anderson’s cover for Flash #165…

Next, from Hawkman #9, we get a partial signature…


Next, from Strange Adventures #145…

Amusingly enough, Anderson then just flat out signed it at the end of the story…

Next, from Strange Adventures #152…


Next, from Strange Adventures #153…

Finally, from Strange Adventures #155…


Anderson has many more examples of this hidden signature in his work over the years (back when artists weren’t credited on their works). Send other suggestions and I’ll edit them in!

EDITED TO ADD ON OCTOBER 23, 2015: Murphy Anderson passed away. He was 89 years old. He will be greatly missed. RIP, Murphy!


OK, I see the first one. Looking for the other ones is giving me a headache.

2nd one is the birds in the sky, last one is on the floor close to the lower left corner of the page. I kept missing the second one.

Three for three. The first one is amusing; I was getting eyestrain trying to read the actual text in the prayer-book when the answer was right there in front of me…

I had no idea Anderson did this kind of thing.

I keep finding “Nina”, is that right? ;)

No, this is cool. Especially that Flash cover.

These are fun. Managed to find all of them. The one that gave me a hard time was the from Strange Adventures #152 until i looked on the lower right and there they were.

In the Atomic Knights one, in addition to the cracks in the ground, the fascist armband could be a stylized MA. Fun.

I must be blind, because I just don’t see the first two signatures at all.

Can’t see the wedding cover signature.

Can’t see the wedding cover signature.

Remember, you’re not looking for the traditional “MA.” This time it is just his last name. You’ll see it.

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