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In Memoriam: Jay Scott Pike, Pinup and Comics Artist [25 Images]

Jay Scott Pike

Pinup art by Jay Scott Pike

Artist Jay Scott Pike died on September 13 at the age of 91. Pike had a long career as a magazine illustrator, pinup artist, and comic book artist — his employers in the last category included Atlas and DC, often in the romance or jungle-girl genres.

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For fans of old-school painted pinups, Pike is notable as the successor to Art Frahm at the A. Fox calendar company, creating some Frahm-esque “falling panties” images.

Pike’s most lasting creation in comics is probably Dolphin, who appeared in one issue of DC’s Showcase Presents in 1968; although Pike himself didn’t get to carry the character forward, the lovely Dolphin, who combined elements of romance and superhero characters, would be frequently revisited by numerous DC writers and artists. Pike is also associated with Jann of the Jungle, Lorna the Jungle Girl, and DC’s late-’60s romance titles, including 3 Girls and The Life and Loves of Lisa St. Claire. (Check out this Facebook post by American Comic Book Chronicles for more details of his career.)

Mark Evanier of News From Me estimates that Pike drew about 1000 comics stories in his day, and speculates that “probably around 800 of those were assigned to him because they needed an artist who could draw good-looking ladies.”

“He was real, real good at everything he did but especially at drawing and painting pretty women,” Evanier adds. “His work will doubtlessly be exhibited and reprinted as long as folks want to see pretty women. I figure that’s going to be a long, long time.”

Here’s a selection of images spanning Pike’s career that display his stylistic range and the aforementioned way with women.

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“Delightful Dilemma” for the A. Fox calendar company by Jay Scott Pike

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“Dog Tied” for the A. Fox calendar company by Jay Scott Pike

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“The Bride Almost War White” by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Girls Love Stories” cover art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Secret Story Romance” cover art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Showcase Presents” cover art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Man to Man” November 1961 cover art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Man to Man” December 1961 cover art by Jay Scott Pike

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“Master Detective” March 1962 cover art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Sir!” July 1961 cover art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“True Detective” January 1962 cover art by Jay Scott Pike

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“Sacred Hearts” interior page art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“The Deadly Strip” magazine interior art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“I Don’t Have a Thing to Wear” interior art for “Man’s Life” by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Cavalcade” July 1961 interior page art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Climax” January 1961 interior page art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Man’s Magazine” December 1961 interior art by Jay Scott Pike

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Pinup art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

Pinup art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

Pinup art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

Pinup art by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

Pinup art by Jay Scott Pike

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Bettie Page portrait by Jay Scott Pike

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“Topsy Turvy” by Jay Scott Pike

Jay Scott Pike

“Double Exposure” by Jay Scott Pike

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Published on: September 23, 2015

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One Response to In Memoriam: Jay Scott Pike, Pinup and Comics Artist [25 Images]

  1. Stephanie says:

    I love these Pinups. My favorite Betty Page.

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