I’ll bet that when Showcase #79 was released, many young fans gazed at the handsome artwork and asked ‘Who’s this new guy, Jay Scott Pike?’
Well, Pike had actually been around since the early 50s. Of course, many fans may not have noticed his work as it was typically buried within one of Martin Goodman’s gazillion anthology titles at Atlas, or in some icky DC romance book.
When the superheroes made their comeback, it appears that Jay Scott Pike was not invited to the party. That’s too bad, as if there was one thing that Pike demonstrated during his relatively short comic book career, was that he could work in almost any genre. There’s not too much info available on Pike on-line – he doesn’t even have an entry at Lambiek.
As I understand, Pike eventually left comics, as so many people do, for a successful career in advertising. He also focused on drawing pin-ups, and there is apparently a book dedicated to his pin-up work. Pin-Up Art
Although I’ve included quite a few samples of Pike’s work, there are two areas in which I am sorely lacking: Atlas Jungle books and DC Romance. Amazing Mike solves one of those problems, as his site has a ton of Pike’s romance covers : DC Covers
Now, it’s time for the usual questions:
A) What do you think of Pike’s work?
B) What do you think are his strengths/weaknesses?
C) What genre suited him best?
D) What is your favourite work by Jay Scott Pike?
E) What title or character would you have like to see him tackle?
I’ll add my answers in a little while.
Here are some samples of his art that you may not have seen before
1. Great ‘over the shoulder’ shot from Frontier Western #7
2. Moody snowy sequence from Western Kid #15
3. Deftly navigating a text heavy page from Battle #60
4. Battle #61 – Pike advances the story using a variety of techniques