Jeffrey Scott Campbell (born April 12, 1973, East Tawas, Michigan) is an American comics artist. He has had several pen names, including "Jeff Scott", but is best known as J. Scott Campbell. He currently resides in Colorado, with his wife and daughter.
In the late 1980s, Campbell entered for and won an "Invent the Ultimate Video Game" contest featured in the pages of Nintendo's official magazine, Nintendo Power, whereby submitted contest entries were to consist of drawings and concepts for a video game. Color drawings from "Lockarm," the videogame idea he pitched, were published in the magazine as the winning entry. He was 15 years old at the time of his submission.
Years later, the 200th issue of Nintendo Power included a poster featuring prominent Nintendo characters drawn by Campbell in his unique art style, along with an interview whereby Campbell recalled his memories of the "Invent the Ultimate Video Game" Contest.
Campbell is best known as the original artist and co-creator of Gen¹³ and Danger Girl. He got his big break at Jim Lee's Wildstorm Productions with his work on Gen¹³, his first comic book series, which featured a group of teenage heroes. He soon gained a reputation in the American comics industry for his highly sexualized illustrations of women.
In 1998, Campbell, together with fellow comics artists Joe Madureira and Humberto Ramos, founded the Cliffhanger imprint as part of Wildstorm Productions. He then launched his comic series Danger Girl through this imprint. The story, which followed the adventures of a group of female secret agents, made the most of Campbell's talents drawing well-endowed women and dramatic action sequences.
The Danger Girl series has since generated a video game for the Sony PlayStation, as well as several comic spinoffs in the forms of limited series and one-shots that were drawn by different artists in the American comics industry. Most of these spin-offs featured story outlines from Campbell himself.
Like a few of his fellow star artists in the American comics industry (such as Joe Madureira) Campbell has problems with meeting deadlines. Campbell's Danger Girl took years to complete (partly due to the artist having a collapsed lung), while Joe Mad's Battle Chasers ceased publication with no plans to ever conclude the series. Even with this reputation, Campbell remains a popular and highly sought-after artist by both comic publishers and fans.
During the WizardWorld 2006 Comic Convention held in Los Angeles, Marvel Comics announced that Campbell has signed an exclusive contract with the company, and will work on a Spider-Man series with writer Jeph Loeb. This will not be the first time that Campbell has tackled Spider-Man; he was the cover artist of The Amazing Spider-Man for a time and did a variant cover for the 500th issue. Marvel has scheduled Campbell and Loeb's new Spider-Man series for publication in 2007. In an interview with Newsarama, Campbell stated that he will start work on it as soon as Wildsiderz is complete.
In July 2006, DC Comics published JLA #0, which featured a variant cover drawn by Campbell. He has also recently drawn a variant cover for the upcoming Gen¹³ relaunch by Wildstorm, which is due to ship in October 2006.
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Links and References
- J. Scott Campbell Official site.
- JSCFan J. Scott Campbell fansite.
- Go Behind the Scenes with Comic Genius and Nintendo Super Fan J. Scott Campbell Nintendo Power's interview with J. Scott Campbell.
- J. Scott Campbell signs exclusive with Marvel Campbell speaks to Newsarama about his exclusive deal with Marvel and what it means for his career.