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My Romance #1-3 (Sept. 1948 – Jan. 1949), continued as My Own Romance #4-76 (March 1949 - July 1960), continued as Teen-age Romance #77-86 (Sept. 1960 - March 1962).
Jay Scott Pike (born September 6, 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American comic book artist and commercial illustrator known for his 1950s and 1960s work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, advertising art, and as a good girl artist. He created the DC character Dolphin and co-created the Marvel character Jann of the Jungle.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jay Scott Pike enrolled at the Art Students League in Manhattan, New York City at what he said was age 15 or 16. I know I was partway into high school. I wasn't a junior or senior yet. After military service in the United States Marines from 1942 to 1946, he went on to study at the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan for one year, then Syracuse University for a semester, and, after his marriage in 1948, the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, for a year-and-a-half. Afterward, he and his wife moved to northern New Jersey. "Al Hartley was living in Washington Valley, which was real close to where I lived. He was the one who got me into comics, in 1950. My hope had been to work at home and find high paying illustration work, but I couldn’t seem to get any work. At that time, I didn’t want to commute to New York City, so a friend of mine suggested I draw comic books. I didn’t want to do that, because I thought comic books were the bottom of the barrel, and I didn’t know much about comics at all. But I was so impressed by Al Hartley’s lifestyle, because he was making a lot of money, and he was fast. He was really cranking the work out. I penciled stuff for Al for about two weeks, but our styles were really not compatible, and we both realized that. Because of that, we sort-of got irritated with each other. By then, I had gotten to know Stan Lee."
"I remember the first story I did was a 3-pager about a professional golfer, though I can’t remember his name. Then Stan started feeding me Westerns, and if you’ve done Westerns, you know how long it takes to do a story. All those horses, costumes, gun belts... they take time. I did them... I did all kinds of things. At that time, I was... and I still am, I guess... pretty much against war. I did a few war stories before I decided I didn’t want to do any more of them. Stan Lee was very understanding about it. Maybe the stories I did weren’t gory. I got into doing horror stories, and drew The Black Rider for a long time."
His earliest confirmed comic book art is the five-page story "The Living Dead", by an unknown writer, in Adventures into Terror #3 (April 1951), from Atlas Comics, the 1950s forerunner of Marvel Comics. Tentative earlier credits exist, but because it was not standard practice during this period to list complete writer/artist comic-book credits, confirmation is difficult.
Pike quickly became a regular Atlas Comics contributor, drawing in a variety of genres for such titles as the Westerns Black Rider, Red Warrior, Texas Kid, and Wild Western; such crime comics as All True Crime Cases Comics, Amazing Detective Cases, Crime Must Lose, and Justice; romance comics, including Girl Confessions, Love Romances, Love Tales, My Own Romance, Secret Story Romance, and True Secrets; war comics such as Battle, Battlefield, Battlefront, Combat Casey, Men's Adventures, Men in Action, and War Action; and horror comics including Adventures into Weird Worlds, Journey into Mystery, Mystic, and Uncanny Tales; and jungle adventure such as Jungle Tales, and Lorna, the Jungle Girl, among other comics. With writer Don Rico, he co-created the character Jann of the Jungle in Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954), and drew her adventures in numerous issues of that title and her own series.
He recalled that soon after entering comics, the self-censorship Comics Code Authority impacted on his art. "I was drawing jungle girl comics: Jann of the Jungle and Lorna the Jungle Queen and it seems like another one, too, and I can remember I got a whole book back and had to make the bosoms smaller on the jungle girl, whichever one it was, and when she was flying through the trees on a vine or something her skirt couldn't go above her knees. I can remember having to go over the whole book and having to fix those things."
His final Atlas/Marvel works were the six-page story "When a Romance Ends" in Love Romances #87 (May 1960), and the five-page "Love or Infatuation?", written by Stan Lee, years later in issue #105 (May 1963). Many of Pike's 1950s Atlas stories were reprinted by Marvel Comics in the 1970s.
"I worked at home. I liked Stan Lee a lot and always found him very easy to work with. When my wife and I moved back to Florida, Stan always gave me two or three scripts at a time, so when I finished a story, I could jump right into another one. Personally, I hardly ever saw him, though we talked on the phone a lot. As soon as I realized I could keep busy doing comics and live where I wanted, my wife and I moved back to Sarasota, Florida. In the second half of the 1950s, the comic book business went to hell, so I was stranded down in Florida without any visible means of support. I did all kinds of things, like portraits. I did them in pastels. I also did paintings in the bottom of swimming pools, architectural renderings...anything to make a buck. I also worked for several agencies, but two of them went belly-up, owing me about $18,000, which did us in. That was in 1960, so we moved back to the New York area so I could get some decent kind of work."
Pike began drawing for rival DC Comics in the mid-1960s, beginning with the 12-page story "In the Name of Love", starring Wendy Winthrop, Television Model, by an unknown writer, in Girls' Romances #99 (March 1964). He primarily drew for the publisher's romance comics, including Heart Throbs, Our Love Story, Secret Hearts, and Young Love. For Heart Throbs, Pike and inker Russ Jones illustrated the feature "3 Girls—Their Lives—Their Loves," which ran from 1966–1970.
In addition to his DC romance work, Pike as both writer and artist created the undersea superheroine Dolphin in Showcase #79 (Dec. 1968). His stories continued to appear in DC Comics through Girls' Love Stories #180 (Dec. 1973).
By the early 1960s, Pike was drawing covers for such magazines as Master Detective.
He also is known for his good girl art pinup work, including for the A. Fox calendar company.
As an advertising artist, he worked on campaigns for clients including Borden, Ford Motor Company, General Mills, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and Trans World Airlines. As well, he said in 2010, "I did do some [painted] nudes that Playboy had in their resorts and those were sold for me for a while. It didn't last too long because it came down from Playboy headquarters in Chicago that they didn't want any more artwork. Only photographs of the Playmates."
After a long hiatus from comic books, Pike returned in 1993 to draw layouts for two issues and then do full penciling for an issue on the DC Comics series Scarlett #12–14 (Dec. 1993 – Feb. 1994). He also penciled the 58-page story "All Good Things" in DC's one-shot comic Star Trek: The Next Generation The Series Finale (1994).
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Alter Ego Magazine #52.