During the '90s, J. Scott Campbell was among the first artists to break into the industry through Image Comics and make his own impact on the medium. Campbell quickly gained a fan base for his work on Gen 13 and subsequently launched his own comic, Danger Girl, in 1998. But more than anything else, Campbell wanted to leave his mark on Spider-Man.
In the latest installment of SYFY WIRE's Behind the Panel series, Campbell tells us what it meant for him to join Amazing Spider-Man as the cover artist as well as his drive to create an iconic Spidey cover that can withstand the test of time.
"When I first started working with Marvel, I saw Spider-Man as... the character I wanted to be associated with," related Campbell. "I looked for every opportunity that came up to navigate myself in such a way where I took on a lot of Spider-Man covers. [I] also made the intent to not just draw the female characters associated with Spider-Man... but to hopefully leave a unique impression upon them."
One of Campbell's most popular Amazing Spider-Man covers was used for issue #601. Campbell shared the origin story for that image, which prominently features a somber look at Mary Jane Watson after Spider-Man leaves her apartment to rush into danger. According to Campbell, he never expected that illustration to become a cover at all.
Campbell also shared the story of how he broke into the comic business thanks to his mentor, Jim Lee. After making contact with Lee, Campbell moved to San Diego and climbed the ranks of Wildstorm's artists to become one of their top creators. Additionally, Campbell touched upon the 20th anniversary of Danger Girl and whether he will ever return to those characters outside of occasional covers and stories.
For more intel from Campbell, watch the entire video!