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Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection, 1971-2000
5.5 linear feet 2 half archives boxes, 4 oversize flat boxes
Collection number: MA.01000

Abstract:
The Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection contains sketches, story and illustration scripts, and original artwork in final panel layout created by Hal (Harold Rudolf) Foster and John Cullen Murphy from 1971-2004. Also includes a single panel comic by Stan Drake.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical Note

Prince Valiant was created by Hal (Harold Rudolf) Foster and was first published on February 13, 1937. The strip consisted of one full newspaper page published in color once a week. Pages were numbered consecutively.

Hal Foster wrote and drew the strip himself until 1971 when he entered semi-retirement. John Cullen Murphy, a professional cartoonist and illustrator, took over drawing Prince Valiant based on rough pencil sketches and story scripts supplied by Foster. There was a period of transition between pages 1756 (Foster) and 1789 (Murphy) when Murphy, Foster, and other artists drew the strip. John Cullen Murphy is responsible for all of the pages from 1789 through 3501. Page 2241 (20 January 1980) is the last credited to Hal Foster. In February 1980, John Cullen Murphy began signing his name on each page and the phrase "Created by Hal Foster" was added to the Prince Valiant logo. From 1980 until his retirement in 2004, John Cullen Murphy's son -- Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) -- provided the story scripts for the weekly pages. John Cullen Murphy's daughter, Mairead (Meg) lettered and colored the strip beginning in 1988. Page 3501, published 14 March 2004, was the last illustrated by John Cullen Murphy. Gary Gianni took over the comic strip with page 3502.

Scope and Contents note

This collection comprises Prince Valiant comic orginal materials, including pencil sketches, story scripts, and illustration scripts drawn and written by Hal Foster, as well as original illustrations by John Cullen Murphy. Also included in this collection is a Stan Drake original comic strip.

The collection highlights the collaboration between Hal Foster, creator of the Prince Valiant comic, and John Cullen Murphy, Foster's successor and illustrator of the comic beginning in 1971. This collection contains two comprehensive examples of their collaborative process: both the original scripts drawn and written by Hal Foster, as well as the final artwork created from the scripts by John Cullen Murphy for pages #1843 and #1939.

Cullen Murphy, John Cullen Murphy's son, replaced Hal Foster as the script writer in 1980. Father and son continued to collaborate on the comic strip until 2004. This collection contains over 80 pages of John Cullen Murphy's original artwork in comic strip layout drawn from the scripts written by Cullen Murphy.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation note

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) Prince Valiant Comic Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The Prince Valiant Comic Collection was a gift of Cullen Murphy (AC 1974) in 2011.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English

Contents List
Hal Foster: Sketches, Story Scripts and Illustration Scripts
1971-1980


Arrangement:

This series is arranged by page number of the Prince Valiant Sunday Comic.

Scope and content:

Pencil sketches, story scripts, and illustration scripts drawn and written by Hal Foster for John Cullen Murphy. In most instances all three elements are present (one sketch, two typed scripts), but occasionally one or two elements are not present. Graphite on paper, and typewriter ink on three-holed unlined binder paper, sheet sizes to 10 7/8 x 8 15/16.

#1816 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1971 Nov 28

Box 1: folder 1
#1826 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Feb 6

Box 1: folder 2
#1834 Pencil sketch
1972 Mar 26

Box 1: folder 3
#1837 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Apr 16

Box 1: folder 4
#1838 Story script, illustration script
1972 Apr 23

Box 1: folder 5
#1839 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 May 7

Box 1: folder 6
#1841 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 May 21

Box 1: folder 7
#1842 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 May 28

Box 1: folder 8
#1843 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jun 4

Box 1: folder 9
#1844 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jun 11

Box 1: folder 10
#1845 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jun 18

Box 1: folder 11
#1846 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jun 25

Box 1: folder 12
#1848 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jul 9

Box 1: folder 13
#1849 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jul 16

Box 1: folder 14
#1850 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jul 23

Box 1: folder 15
#1851 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Jul 30

Box 1: folder 16
#1852 Story script
1972 Aug 6

Box 1: folder 17
#1857 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Sep 17

Box 1: folder 18
#1871 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1972 Dec 17

Box 1: folder 19
#1881 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1973 Feb 25

Box 1: folder 20
#1895 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1973 Jun 3

Box 1: folder 21
#1900 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1973 Jul 8

Box 1: folder 22
#1916 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1973 Oct 28

Box 1: folder 23
#1919 Story script, illustration script
1973 Nov 18

Box 1: folder 24
#1924 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1973 Dec 23

Box 1: folder 25
#1928 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1974 Jan 20

Box 1: folder 26
#1933 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1974 Feb 24

Box 1: folder 27
#1939 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1974 Apr 7

Box 1: folder 28
#1946 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1974 May 26

Box 1: folder 29
#1967 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1974 Oct 20

Box 1: folder 30
#1988 Pencil sketch
[1974] Mar 16

Box 1: folder 31
#2005 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1975 Jul 13

Box 2: folder 1
#2016 Story script, illustration script
1975 Sep 28

Box 2: folder 2
#2020 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1975 Oct 26

Box 2: folder 3
#2037 Story script, illustration script
1976 Feb 22

Box 2: folder 4
#2039 Story script, illustration script
1976 Mar 7

Box 2: folder 5
#2056 Illustration script
1976 Jul 4

Box 2: folder 6
#2064 Pencil sketch
1976 Aug 29

Box 2: folder 7
#2073 Pencil sketch, story script, illustration script
1976 Oct 31

Box 2: folder 8
#2088 Pencil sketch with portrait sketch on verso
1977 Feb 13

Box 2: folder 9
#2097 Story script, illustration script
1977 Apr 17

Box 2: folder 10
#2127 Story script
1977 Nov 13

Box 2: folder 11
#2137 Illustration script with mimeograph copy
1978 Jan 22

Box 2: folder 12
#2144 Story script, illustration script
1978 Mar 12

Box 2: folder 13
#2150 Pencil sketch
1978 Apr 23

Box 2: folder 14
#2159 Pencil sketch, autograph story script (2 pages), autograph illustration script
1978 Jun 25

Box 2: folder 15
#2161 Story script
1978 Jul 9

Box 2: folder 16
#2163 Pencil sketch, story script
1978 Jul 23

Box 2: folder 17
#2173 Story script
1978 Oct 1

Box 2: folder 18
#2190 Story script
1979 Jan 28

Box 2: folder 19
#2198 Pencil sketch, story script
1979 Mar 25

Box 2: folder 20
#2212 Pencil sketch
1979 Jul 1

Box 2: folder 21
#2216 Story script
1979 Jul 29

Box 2: folder 22
#2226 Pencil sketch, story script
1979 Oct 7

Box 2: folder 23
#2233 Pencil sketch, story script
1979 Nov 25

Box 2: folder 24
#2234 Story script
1979 Dec 2

Box 2: folder 25
#2240 Pencil sketch, story script
1980 Jan 14

Box 2: folder 26
John Cullen Murphy: Original Artwork in Final Panel Layout
1971 - 2004


Arrangement:

This series is arranged by page number of the Prince Valiant Sunday Comic.

Scope and content:

This series consists of original artwork for Prince Valiant by John Cullen Murphy. Most pieces are executed in ink, graphite, and correction fluid on Strathmore Seconds Bristol Board. Pages are generally made up of two or three separate pieces of Bristol board joined together with tape on the verso.

From 1971 to early 1980, John Cullen Murphy based his illustrations on pencil sketches and illustration scripts provided by Hal Foster. The last page credited to Hal Foster was #2241 (January 20, 1980), after which John Cullen Murphy worked from story scripts written by his son, Cullen Murphy (AC 1974).

This series includes examples of Murphy's work from nearly every year he drew the strip between 1971 and 2004.

#1843 Pen and ink illustration
1972 Jun 4

Box 3: folder 2
#1939 Pen and ink illustration
1974 Apr 7

Box 3: folder 3
#1959 Pen and ink illustration
1974 Aug 25

Box 3: folder 4
Single unnumbered, undated illustration panel
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
#2116 Pen and ink illustration
1977 Aug 28

Box 4: folder 2
#2192 Pen and ink illustration
1979 Feb 11

Box 4: folder 3
#2193 Pen and ink illustration
1979 Feb 18

Box 4: folder 4
#2204 Pen and ink illustration [missing top panel]
1979 May 6

Box 4: folder 5
#2236 Pen and ink illustration
1979 Dec 16

Box 4: folder 6
#2255 Pen and ink illustration
1980 Apr 27

Box 4: folder 7
#2269 Pen and ink illustration
1980 Aug 3

Box 4: folder 8
#2272 Pen and ink illustration
1980 Aug 24

Box 4: folder 9
#2275 Pen and ink illustration
1980 Sep 14

Box 4: folder 10
#2299 Pen and ink illustration [missing top panel]
1981 Mar 1

Box 4: folder 11
#2300 Pen and ink illustration
1981 Mar 8

Box 4: folder 12
#2321 Pen and ink illustration
1981 Aug 2

Box 4: folder 13
#2322 Pen and ink illustration
1981 Aug 9

Box 4: folder 14
#2334 Pen and ink illustration
1981 Nov 1

Box 4: folder 15
#2354 Pen and ink illustration
1982 Mar 21

Box 4: folder 16
#2362 Pen and ink illustration
1982 May 16

Box 4: folder 17
#2389 Pen and ink illustration
1982 Nov 21

Box 4: folder 18
#2396 Pen and ink illustration
1983 Jan 9

Box 4: folder 19
#2429 Pen and ink illustration
1983 Aug 28

Box 4: folder 20
#2461 Pen and ink illustration
1984 Apr 8

Box 4: folder 21
#2475 Pen and ink illustration
1984 Jul 15

Box 4: folder 22
#2508 Pen and ink illustration
1985 Mar 3

Box 4: folder 23
#2534 Pen and ink illustration
1985 Sep 1

Box 4: folder 24
#2542 Pen and ink illustration
1985 Oct 27

Box 4: folder 25
#2557 Pen and ink illustration
1986 Feb 9

Box 4: folder 26
#2602 Pen and ink illustration
1986 Dec 21

Box 4: folder 27
#2606 Pen and ink illustration
1987 Jan 18

Box 4: folder 28
#2635 Pen and ink illustration
1987 Aug 9

Box 4: folder 29
#2656 Pen and ink illustration
1988 Jan 3

Box 4: folder 30
#2709 Pen and ink illustration
1989 Jan 8

Box 4: folder 31
#2730 Pen and ink illustration
1989 Jun 4

Box 4: folder 32
#2759 Pen and ink illustration
1989 Dec 24

Box 4: folder 33
#2794 Pen and ink illustration
1990 Aug 24

Box 5: folder 1
#2799 Pen and ink illustration
1990 Sep 30

Box 5: folder 2
#2818 Pen and ink illustration
1991 Feb 10

Box 5: folder 3
#2842 Pen and ink illustration
1991 Jul 28

Box 5: folder 4
#2853 Pen and ink illustration
1991 Oct 13

Box 5: folder 5
#2859 Pen and ink illustration
1991 Nov 24

Box 5: folder 6
#2860 Pen and ink illustration
1991 Dec 1

Box 5: folder 7
#2884 Pen and ink illustration
1992 May 17

Box 5: folder 8
#2889 Pen and ink illustration
1992 Jun 21

Box 5: folder 9
#2909 Pen and ink illustration
1992 Nov 8

Box 5: folder 10
#2917 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Jan 1

Box 5: folder 11
#2918 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Jan 10

Box 5: folder 12
#2919 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Jan 17

Box 5: folder 13
#2941 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Jun 20

Box 5: folder 14
#2943 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Jul 4

Box 5: folder 15
#2949 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Aug 15

Box 5: folder 16
#2950 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Aug 22

Box 5: folder 17
#2952 Pen and ink illustration
1993 Sep 5

Box 5: folder 18
#2975 Pen and ink illustration
1994 Feb 13

Box 5: folder 19
#3003 Pen and ink illustration
1994 Aug 28

Box 5: folder 20
#3004 Pen and ink illustration
1994 Sep 4

Box 5: folder 21
#3038 Pen and ink illustration
1995 Apr 30

Box 5: folder 22
#3063 Pen and ink illustration
1995 Oct 22

Box 5: folder 23
#3065 Pen and ink illustration
1995 Nov 5

Box 5: folder 24
#3067 Pen and ink illustration
1995 Nov 19

Box 5: folder 25
#3080 Pen and ink illustration
1996 Feb 18

Box 5: folder 26
#3081 Pen and ink illustration
1996 Feb 25

Box 5: folder 27
#3087 Pen and ink illustration
1996 Apr 7

Box 5: folder 28
#3107 Pen and ink illustration
1996 Aug 25

Box 5: folder 29
#3112 Pen and ink illustration
1996 Sep 29

Box 5: folder 30
#3113 Pen and ink illustration
1996 Oct 6

Box 5: folder 31
#3114 Pen and ink illustration
1996 Oct 13

Box 5: folder 32
#3162 Pen and ink illustration
1997 Sep 13

Box 5: folder 33
#3163 Pen and ink illustration
1997 Sep 21

Box 5: folder 34
#3165 Pen and ink illustration
1997 Oct 4

Box 5: folder 35
#3175 Pen and ink illustration
1997 Dec 14

Box 5: folder 36
#3193 Pen and ink illustration
1998 Apr 19

Box 5: folder 37
#3194 Pen and ink illustration
1998 Apr 26

Box 5: folder 38
#3217 Pen and ink illustration
1998 Oct 4

Box 5: folder 39
#3238 Pen and ink illustration
1999 Feb 28

Box 5: folder 40
#3241 Pen and ink illustration
1999 Mar 21

Box 5: folder 41
#3286 Pen and ink illustration
2000 Jan 30

Box 6: folder 1
#3287 Pen and ink illustration
2000 Feb 6

Box 6: folder 2
#3288 Pen and ink illustration
2000 Feb 13

Box 6: folder 3
#3298 Pen and ink illustration
2000 Apr 23

Box 6: folder 4
#3299 Pen and ink illustration
2000 Apr 30

Box 6: folder 5
#3300 Pen and ink illustration
2000 May 7

Box 6: folder 6
#3328 Pen and ink illustration
2000 Nov 19

Box 6: folder 7
#3329 Pen and ink illustration
2000 Nov 26

Box 6: folder 8
#3344 Pen and ink illustration
2001 Mar 11

Box 6: folder 9
#3349 Pen and ink illustration
2001 Apr 15

Box 6: folder 10
#3368 Pen and ink illustration
2001 Aug 26

Box 6: folder 11
#3369 Pen and ink illustration
2001 Sep 2

Box 6: folder 12
#3372 Pen and ink illustration
2001 Sep 23

Box 6: folder 13
#3396 Pen and ink illustration
2002 Mar 10

Box 6: folder 14
#3416 Pen and ink illustration
2002 Jul 28

Box 6: folder 15
#3421 Pen and ink illustration
2002 Sep 1

Box 6: folder 16
#3422 Pen and ink illustration
2002 Sep 8

Box 6: folder 17
#3447 Pen and ink illustration
2003 Mar 2

Box 6: folder 18
#3472 Pen and ink illustration
2003 Aug 24

Box 6: folder 19
#3473 Pen and ink illustration
2003 Aug 31

Box 6: folder 20
#3488 Pen and ink illustration
2003 Dec 14

Box 6: folder 21
#3496 Pen and ink illustration
2004 Feb 9

Box 6: folder 22
Stan Drake: Heart of Juliet Jones Daily Comic Strip 6-6
1959


Ink, halftone screen on acetate, and watercolor on paper, sheet size 5 5/8 x 22 1/2 inches, unframed. Signed and dated "Stan Drake/ 6-6" lower right and dedicated to "Jack" [John Cullen Murphy].

3 Paneled illustration
1959

Box 3: folder 1

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Subjects
  • Prince Valiant (Comic strip)

Contributors
  • Drake, Stan, 1921-
  • Foster, Harold R. (Harold Rudolf), 1892-1982
  • Murphy, John Cullen

Genre terms
  • Comic strips


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