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Art of J Scott Campbell: Fairy Tale Fantasies and More

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

The iconic comic book creations.

The iconic comic book creations.

The World of Comics

Generations of teenage boys grow up on a diet of comic books. Superheroes, snarling villains, world-conquering plots and death-defying feats are an addictive mix to their fertile imaginations. Parents may disparage the comic book obsessions and video game playing as puerile distractions. But one only has to look at the current crop of Hollywood screenwriting and directing talents to see that such a diet can also be inspirational for future creativity.

Comic book fandom is similar. Several of the current writers and artists who may have made it 'big' in the industry did so because of their childhood obsessions with the format that has become part of American and world culture.

Artistic Merit

The incredible artistic endeavours that go into creating some top comics deserve much wider recognition. These are artists in their own merit, now considered worthy of collectibility and wider public appreciation. The medium may have changed from oils and pastels to digital palettes and rendered colours, but the creativity remains firmly in their wonderful hands.

Jeffrey Scott Campbell is one such artist who has garnered a huge following among comic book fans due to his impressive creative talent—and his ability to draw women!

Jeffrey Scott Campbell

Jeffrey Scott Campbell

Scott's superb imagination and great artwork rank with the best efforts of professional designers. And who knows, at 15 years old, Scott may become just that.

— Nintendo Power Magazine, 1989

'Lockarm' - J Scott Campbell's winning entry for Nintendo Power magazine

'Lockarm' - J Scott Campbell's winning entry for Nintendo Power magazine

A Boy With a Dream

J Scott Campbell is currently one of a talented pool of artists creating top quality comic art. His work is recognised in America and worldwide thanks to the internet and digital comic downloads. While the comic books he has contributed sell well more importantly his art and sketches are also much sought after. He is someone who is in tune with the fans and the artistic community and is generous in sharing his craft through his own webpages and social media.

Like many of his generation he grew up on a diet of comic books and video games and was truly inspired by the art and creativity he saw in his formative years. An early sign of his future greatness came when he submitted an entry to a competition in a video game magazine.

Back in 1989, the magazine Nintendo power asked budding talents to enter a 'invent your own video game' competition. Jeffrey Scott Campbell, then a mere 15 year old, rose to the challenge and submitted a complete set of ideas for a new game called 'Lockarm'. His submission blew away the judges not only because of the originality of his idea but all the drawings he submitted with the his concept - he had designed each character and each level explaining how the central concept pans out. Needless to say he won the first prize and the magazine printed his winning entry with a prediction of his future success in the field of graphic design.

Stormwatch # 0 He originally called himself Jeffrey Scott

Stormwatch # 0 He originally called himself Jeffrey Scott

The Big Break

Scott was born in East Tawas, Michigan but moved soon to Denver, Colorado when very young. He grew up in Denver with his two younger siblings - a brother who is a musician and a sister who is a digital architect.

Growing up on a steady diet of comic books, after his initial success with Nintendo Power magazine, Scott replied to a 'talent search' advertisement on the back of a comic published by the image comics - WILDC.A.T.S # 2.

WILDC.A.T.S was the brainchild of artist and image comics founder Jim Lee. The comic creator broke away from his successful run at Marvel to create his own imprint with 5 other artists and publish creator owned titles. He was looking also for a fresh pool of talent to develop several new lines of comic concepts notably Gen 13 and Stormwatch in his stable.

So impressed was Jim with Scott's submissions that he personally phoned to hire this young new artist.

Scott's work first appeared in Stormwatch - I am sure he would've bene pretty pleased to see his name on the cover of a comic - especially one published by his own inspiration and influences.

Gen 13

Scott's first major co-creation and collaboration was Gen 13 comic series. Here he worked with some major talent such as Frank Choi, Adam Hughes and Jim Lee. His creativity blossomed and his confidence grew as he did many a cover and artwork for this series.

Danger Girl

Scott's ascent to superstardom came when he created the series Danger Girl with fellow comic book writer Andy Hartnell in 1998. A heady cocktail of James Bond , Charlie's Angels and Indiana Jones Danger Girl was a cult hit.

The heroine Abbey Chase was an adventurer,treasure hunter and member of a worldwide network of female espionage agents called Danger Girls. The fun filled action storylines borrowed freely from the many cultural influences - spy thrillers, action movies and video games. All presented with Scott's impeccable artwork that brought everything to life.

What was immediately apparent was Scott's ability to draw women. Sassy, sexy and sultry - it was for his rendering of women that Scott's artistry became more and more well known among the fans.

Danger Girl's immense popularity was sealed with the development of a Playstation game of the same name using the characters created by Scott and Andy.


Wildstorm was sold to DC comics. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, flush with the success of Danger girl, announced a new 6 part series for Wildstorm called 'Wildsiderz'. Despite much fanfare and some stunning artwork, the series failed to take off and the run ended with issue 2.

J Scott Campbell with Stan Lee - the godfather of Marvel Universe.

J Scott Campbell with Stan Lee - the godfather of Marvel Universe.

Marvel Comics

Scott's tenure with wildstorm and the subsequent success with Danger girl brought him wider recognition. He was soon approached by Marvel to do some work on their staple : The amazing spiderman. Scott's iconic renditions of Spiderman were appreciated but even more so were the brilliant drawings of Spidey's girlfriend MJ - Mary Jane Watson.

Fairy Tale Fantasies

Scott has always declared his love of all things Disney. Even though he had done most of his work in the contemporary genre he decided to draw of series of paintings featuring fairy tale princesses.

Most of the fairy tales picked were from the Disney stable but they weren't a direct take on the Disney Princesses. Instead Scott chose to draw the princesses as pin-ups issued them as calendars.

The result was both a commercial and internet sensation. To date his three calendars ( 2010, 2011 and 2012) have sold several thousands of copies and became highly collectable. He has also issued standalone prints featuring Fairy tale characters.

What more thousands of online blogs and fansite raced to feature Scott's seriously sexy take on the characters. Have a look below...


Sharing the Craft

Not many artists are keen to share their rough sketches, projects in development and their steps towards a finished product. J Scott Campbell excels in this area and perhaps serves as an inspiration to many aspiring artists ( One can already see several online uploads of artwork that others have done 'inspired by' Scott's artwork).

Scott regularly updates his Deviant-art website/blog and treats us with projects in development as well as random sketches

He is generous with his sketches for fans during his visits to Comic-con and other events.

He has published several 'sketchbooks' containing his projects.


The reason for choosing someone who works in the comic book world, who uses traditional pencils to sketch his work but at the same time uses the wonders of modern technology to digitally ink, color and produce wonderfully vibrant imagery is twofold.

One- to illustrate how the world of art is changing and adapting to innovative ways of creativity. Two, the oldest perspective of all... while the highbrow among us may scorn the sheer titillatory aspect of his art underwhelming, one cannot argue with the fact that it has attracted millions of followers who not only enjoy the artform but strive to create some of their own.

If the purpose of art is to give pleasure to the senses, inspire new forms of creativity and induce further talent to participate then what more can we ask form our art?

All artwork copyright J Scott Campbell

Commercial reproductions/prints are available to buy at Scott Campbell's Online Store

© 2013 Mohan Kumar


John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 10, 2016:

Docmo, Ai have always loved comic book art and often copied many of the characters myself. J Scott Campbell is a great artist. I didn't know his name but recognise his work. Thank you for this wonderful hub.

Mariapesma from Greece on May 04, 2015:

great work , you give me reason to start making again hero from comic books and also to read it.

ThatBoy7 on July 29, 2013:

Great Bio on J. Scott Campbell, but I would like to fill in the Void Area between 1988-1993 when JSC made his mark as a High School Editorial Artist for his School Paper, following in the footsteps of his then Idol, MAD Magazine's legendary Caricature Artist MORT DRUCKER! During that period, before Comic Industry Fame, he won the National PEN & QUILL Award for his High School Editorial Artwork. He also drew an Annual Poster Insert for High School Yearbooks for Four consecutive Years for CREATIVE FORCES LTD. These were his very FIRST Published works ever and were marketed Nationwide. You can find information on those early works at www.creativeforces.8m.com I think more people should see his early artwork. Thanks......

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 08, 2013:

Great hub. Never knew this much about him, enjoyed reading. Campbell is very talented and creative. Voted up.

Dianna Mendez on May 05, 2013:

He is a very talented artist and so creative. His artwork is amazing. Thanks for the background and descriptive detail of his career.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 30, 2013:

@Mickey: I too am a fan of clean style - I adored the Infantino's more realistic approach to character drawing. Scott sites Art Adams, Jim Lee and Todd Macfarlane as his influences. It's no doubt Carmine was the Godfather of 'em all. I'll have to pop over and read your Carmine Infantino piece. It's great you are a fellow comics aficionado. Have you read Michael Chabon's pulitzer winning ' The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay' if not I highly recommend that stunning novel set in the backdrop of the nascent comic book industry and is a great piece of Americana. Thank you.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 30, 2013:

@Mary: wow. I'd love to have met the legend that is stan Lee. It's on my list to visit the San Diego comic con sometime in the future. Thank you.

@Martie: Thank you so much. Glad you like this.

@cheekygirl: appreciate your visit.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 30, 2013:

@drbj: Thank you. Yes, he does love drawing girls, doesn't he. It's always a pleasure to introduce a stunning talent. I am also a fan of Vargas pin ups and Scott is very much in that vein.

@Gypsy rose: thank you so much. I would've happily drawn comic books too if I had this kind of talent.

@Faith Reaper: much appreciated, glad you enjoyed this piece.

MickeySr from Hershey, Pa. on April 30, 2013:

Docmo ~ I'm not familiar with this artist by name, but I recognize his style . . . I'm a fan of the clean, pristine look of Silver Age DC stuff, and Campbell's work looks to me like a very nice blend of the contemporary anime-influenced look and the anatomy driven sleek style of the best Silver Age DC work. I just did a piece recently on Carmine Infantino (when he died earlier this month) and I would be stunned if Campbell wasn't influenced a good deal by Infantino . . . in the Jack Kirby era of (literally) hulking brutes with massive frames populated with muscles on muscles, Infantino drew streamlined athletic types, trim but well-toned characters in positions you could feel them bending and stretching to maintain, very much like the Campbell pieces you've presented here.

Cheeky Girl on April 25, 2013:

What an magical and wonderful Hub! Read this twice! Stunning art! Amazing hub!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 21, 2013:

What a totally awesome hub. The graphic designs in those comic books always blow me away......

Superb perspective on art! Typical Docmo-art....

Mary Craig from New York on April 20, 2013:

I have been a comic book fan all my life. I met one of the illustrators of Spiderman and have met Stan Lee...this of course in later years. I have always been impressed by the perfect women in comic books and think your hub is the icing on the cake of my mind! Beautifully done with great artwork to prove your point.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 18, 2013:

Thanks for a great and unique perspective here and introducing us to the incredible talent of Jeffrey Campbell!

Wow, you done a thorough write here and choosing such great works by Jeffrey. Very visually entertaining to the eye and interesting history as to this art form by Jeffrey.

Excellent! Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 18, 2013:

Fascinating and loved the art work. That would have been my dream job to draw for comic books like Archie. No talent. Enjoyed the pics and video. Passing this on.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 17, 2013:

You blew me away, Mohan, with your unique, imaginative take on 'Perspectives' - I love your version. You introduced me to J Scott Campbell, a very talented artistic genius, who fulfills the motto on his website: "I like drawing girls." And draw them he does - reminiscent of the Varga girls who used to grace the covers of 'Esquire' magazine. Bravo to you both! Voted way, way up!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 16, 2013:

@VickiW: You had me at 'wow'. thank you so much. I am afraid I've never grown out of comics, but am delighted to say comics have grown up too in their own wonderful literary forms attracting great writers and artists. glad this hub was enjoyable.

@Kathi- thank you so much for your visit and support.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 16, 2013:

@flourishaway- Thank you very much for your visit and appreciation. I'm glad I could introduce you to Scott's art.

@Shauna- thank you, my dear Sha. DeviantArt is a wonderful site with such varied talent on board. I'm glad you like my video.

@Pamela : I wanted soemthing different for this month's perspective. I didnt want to tire my readers with my usual pontification of a perspective but instead wanted to give something visual, bright and hopefully appealing. It's good to share something I have found interesting too. thank you so much for your visit.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 16, 2013:

@Nellianna- you are too kind. I am delighted you have joined our little group this month and am glad my hub has been of some enjoyment. I'm a fan of all art and am familiar with pinup artists such as Vargas and Gil Evgren. One of my other art hubs celebrates the paperback covers of Robert Mcginnis and you may recognize his work too. Your aspiration to become a femme fatale is delightful memory- thank you for sharing. I do like those femmes with a fair dashing of fatale ;-)

@Daisy- thanks again for dropping by and appreciating my work. your penchant for art was very apparent in your parody work and your recent foray into poetic haiga. Thanks so much for your support.

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on April 16, 2013:

I enjoyed looking at the amazing artwork and and learning the progression of J.S. Campbell. It was as if he was destined to do what he does and I find that fascinating! Well put together and interesting!

Vickiw on April 16, 2013:

Hello Docmo, WOW! What more is there to say? Dont know, but I`ll give it a try! I used to love comics too, but havent looked at them for years. You really have to admire Jeffery`s art, but he has a far out idea of the perfect woman,something that none of us in Perspectives will aspire to yet. (Maria, are we really getting better? This has made me doubt it!)

Super Hub, from a really different and great perspective. Thanks Docmo.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 16, 2013:

Your choice of a hub on perspective surprised and delighted me. It is truly unique and very well down. I think it is very clever of you to use this topic to illustrate yet another aspect of perspective. Well done.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 16, 2013:

What an amazing artist! His twist on the women of fairy tale lore is sensual, to say the least. I didn't recognize his name until you mentioned his website Deviant Art. My son is a huge fan of that site. I've been to it a few times myself. In fact I bought a painting of a full moon from that site a year or so ago.

You are quite the artist also, Doc! Your video production was expertly put together. I really enjoyed this perspective. You've done it again!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 16, 2013:

Stunning visuals. Both you and Jeffrey Scott Campbell are very talented. I had previously never seen or heard of this. Very well done.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on April 15, 2013:

Mohan (Docmo),

Thank you for publishing another masterpiece for your readers' enjoyment.

The musical selection for the video portion of your article is outstanding. Your research and writing, and the visual presentation of the non-video portion of your Hub is superb.

I imagine that you took quite a bit of time in selecting the perfect images to showcase in your article.

As you know, I'm certified to teach art in Kindergarten through the 12th grade (5-year-olds to 18-year-olds). Jeffrey Scott Campbell isn't a "comic book artist." He is an "artist," as are you, my friend. Campbell and you create images in styles which differ from each other, but you both create art.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on April 15, 2013:

Docmo - this just blows me away!! Your choice of art for perspective consideration is outstanding, your presentation is fascinating and your own art- - is WOW!

I didn't know J. Scott Campbell by name but it feels like I know his work! In my youth, my favorite comic book character was Wonder Woman, whose look and manner was a bit of a forerunner, perhaps. She was introduced in All Star Comics in the early days of WWII and I loved her from then on.

Then there were the famous 'Pin Up Girl' poster artists, the most famous (to me at least) was Alberto Varga. His posters were just called "Varga Girls". Another of that genre was Peter Driben. It's amazing how much in common these pin up girls have with Scott's girls! Of course all we teenager girls back then fancied ourselves as Varga girls and posed in front of the full-length mirrors on our closet doors (in private) trying to mimic their poses! haha. I loved to use Mother's tall art stool as a prop! It's funny how 'current' that memory is!

When I was 12, lying on the roof of the house with my feet propped in the apricot tree that overlapped it, dreaming of what I wanted to be, it was a toss-up between astronomer, philosopher or femme fatale! hahaha. (I didn't confide this to my parents!)

I'm so delighted to read your wonderful hub and unique presentation of your Art Perspective! It's the sparkle in the series, really bringing it up to date, while relating it to vintage comic art, as well! Par Excellence!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 15, 2013:

@Maria- hope you're having a well deserved break. thank you for your visit. Glad you like this.

@shiningirisheyes- isnt it just- there is so much raw talent out there. I'm glad to be able to share /showcase his here.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 15, 2013:

@dana- thank you so much. I too like art in all its variety. I tink comic artists are vastly underrated. this was a nice distraction from writing a textbook. Just dont tell my editor!

Dana Strang from Ohio on April 15, 2013:

Nicely done. I adore J Scott Campbell's Disney Princesses. I have seen them many times butI did not know anything about Campbell. Thanks for the info! I really admire "non-traditional" artists (comics, tattoos, grafiti). They have such amazing imaginations in addition to artistic skill.... Awesome video as usual. I am envious of the skill and patience you must possess to create these!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 15, 2013:

@Hi Nell- great to see you. thanks for the visit. Glad you enjoyed this.

@Mckbirdsbks: Oh how I suffered for this hub... all the hardwork compiling these pictures. glad you understand. Thank you!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 15, 2013:

Poor, poor, J Scott Campbell, forced to draw scantily clad women for a living. Living in a fantasy world and meeting the demands for all the fans that gather around him. My sympathy goes out to him. And that is my perspective. Also, I want to say that I can see how you suffered in your art of pulling these facts together.

Nell Rose from England on April 15, 2013:

Hi Doc, fantastic hub, I loved this, I had never heard of him before, but the artwork is amazing! I grew up on comic books, DC and Marvel so I can totally appreciate his work, awesome, nell

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on April 15, 2013:

@Audrey: glad you enjoyed this. thank you very much.

@Sunshine- love the fact Dave is a fellow comic book fan like I am. And who hasn't loved the curves on those women. amazing indeed but not always in realistic proportions! Great to see you here. I want to come back to our group again if its ok. hugs.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 15, 2013:

Hey Doc, Nice hub! Dave is a comic collector and I've seen and read so many of them. I'm amazed on how perfect the female comic characters are. Seriously how could real women compete with Lady Death, Purgatory, Catwoman, Wonder Woman. Etc... Comic book art is as amazing as Spiderman! :)

Audrey Howitt from California on April 15, 2013:

Wow--this is outstanding--and its a world I know so little about--just loved the artwork and learning a bit more about this whole genre!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on April 15, 2013:

Outstanding video displaying awesome comic art. I send mad props to J Scott Campbell as he has an amazing level of determination, insight and, of course - talent. Looks like artistic cravings run in the family, with a digital architect and musician for siblings. Imagine what goes on at THAT dinner table! What an awesome combination of "old school" skills with technological advancements.

How cool? He creates his own video game and art work at the tender age of 15! Amazing guy.

Voting up and sharing

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on April 15, 2013:

Sassy, sexy and sultry...I should say! I am thoroughly taken with the art of J Scott Campbell, who I had honestly never heard of, Docmo.

You have done an utterly fascinating and comprehensive collection of facts and photographs of this artistic genius. Voted UP and Awesome.

Hugs, Maria

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