J. Scott Campbell is a world famous comic book artist. He was the creator and artist for the series “Danger Girl” and has fans from his work on “Gen 13”, “Spider-Man” and “Wildsiderz.” His series of calendars entitled “Fairy Tale Fantasies” meets every criteria of the pin-up art form. He has also worked in film design, video games, toys, figurines, animation, commercial art, and collectibles. It’s his covers that are most memorable especially Amazing Spider-Man #601 that depicts Spidey’s girlfriend Mary Jane in a pensive moment.
The Cover of Amazing Spider-Man #601 has gotten Campbell in hot water with some fans who are mad at the whole genre’s misogyny,
anti-feminism, and warped gender roles. Those gravity defying breasts and “You only wish fella” costumes can get old for a real woman trying to keep up. At the same time the cover is tremendously popular with fans because it does create something which real women resonate with.
How you look at Mary Jane is an individual choice. Only please remember it’s a comic book and she’s not actually a real woman before judging her too harshly.
“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” – Jessica Rabbit
There’s something special about pin-up art. They’re idealized images that are erotic without being graphic. A pin-up is a throwback to a simpler time when a bit of art could be a motivator and not just another X rated click. Arguably pin-ups objectify women but it’s just as true that it’s an art form embraced by modern women who feel empowered by Bad Girl Art. Rockabilly chic, Suicide Girls, Dita Von Teese; The pin-up is out there and alive in performances, photography, fashion music and tattoo