John Cullen Murphy was a revered artist and cartoonist of his time and of today. He was a historic figure due to his artistry. He was born in New York City May 3, 1919, and he died at the age of 85 in Greenwich, CT. Murphy began art classes at the very early age of nine. One summer when he was outside playing baseball he was asked to be a model by artist named Norman Rockwell, who would end up being a great inspiration and mentor to young Murphy.
John Murphy went to many different great educational institutions to study art such as the Phoenix Art Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. Through his hard work and talent, he went to produce many outstanding illustrations, portraits, cartoons, and sketches that are seen as very influential.
In 1940, John Cullen Murphy entered the United States Army initially in the 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard. He quickly received a commission as an anti-aircraft artillery officer and rose to the rank of Major. While in the Army he spent several years in the Pacific during World War II. Throughout this time he did not stop drawing. His first cover for Liberty magazine was awarded to him while he was in training.