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The Batmobile and More: Behind the Comic Book Art of Sean Gordon Murphy

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/4/2020 John Roberts,Sean Gordon Murphy
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When you think of someone who works in the comic book world, your first thought may not be "car enthusiast," but stick with us on this one. Sean Gordon Murphy is a popular comic book creator who is currently working with DC Comics and has an extensive portfolio that includes Batman: White Knight, Joe the Barbarian, and Punk Rock Jesus—just to name a few.


Not only does Murphy have an impressive comic book resume and knack for bringing amazing stories to life, he is also a car enthusiast! Owner of a Datsun 280Z with an RB25 that pumps out 500 hp, Sean frequents the highways and byways to chase the love of four-wheeled speed. He's even created a whole comic book world around his Datsun and their shenanigans in a series called Under the Hood, plus did the art for a graphic novel called Off Road.

Merging his love of all things comic and automotive, Murphy has also done extensive work drawing, and even designing, his own versions of the freakin' Batmobile! We got a chance to catch up with Sean to discuss some of his work and have him explain, in his own words, the inspiration behind some of these amazing car illustrations. Click through this gallery to find out what goes on behind the scenes with Murphy's pen or pencil to move across the pages to create some truly awesome art, and once you're done, head to Automobile for an in-depth interview.

How to Support Murphy's IndieGoGo Campaign

Check out Sean Gordon Murphy's latest project, The Plot Holes! The book's IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign has all the details and ways you can support. Follow Murphy on social media for more great art and to stay up-to-date on what he's working on: @seangordonmurphy, Instagram; @Sean_G_Murphy, Twitter.

Featured illustration arranged by Ryan Lugo.


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