REVIEW: J. Scott Campbell: Time Capsule 1994-2004

Story By: Richard Starkings and John Roshell
Art By: J. Scott Campbell
Publisher: Image Comics

J. Scott Campbell’s work can be polarizing to many. The curvy frame  coupled with a cute face  leads to charges of over sexualizing women, as if doing so,  Scott Campbell is in fact a “bad guy”.

If that’s your stance on his work, this book may be an eye opener; for fans of his art (me included), its a welcome look at an artist as he moves through his own works, his life and of course his inspirations with the help of interviewer Richard Starkings

The book is broken into six main chapters, each with their own focus on certain periods of time or topics.  As you would expect Gen-13 is in there as is Danger Girl.  What may be surprising is chapters like G.I Joe and Transformers.  Each topic features some artwork and interview questions and answers that are relevant.  The attraction of the book is no doubt Scott Campbell’s work, but it has to be said that Starkings prose comes across as very natural.

Looking through the book, you can see how Campbell’s work has perfected over the years.  Yes there will always be comparisons to Art Adams, but whilst the structure of the frame may be similar, that’s where the comparison should end.  Adams work is detail orientated, with Scott Campbell less so instead relying on clean lines and emphasised facial expressions.

In the current climate, artists like J. Scott Campbell may not be as popular as they had once been.  That’s a shame.  People and critics need to realize that a female character can be drawn curvy  and still be a strong character. Campbell’s work can border on cheesecake, and you know what,  it’s ok to order a dessert.



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