Comic Booked Spotlight: Skottie Young
There are few people working in the comic book industry that are quite as prolific as Skottie Young. Young has been working in the industry for over ten years now and worn many hats; including writer, penciller, inker, letterer and colorist. Although he has done many different jobs, Skottie Young is primarily known for being an artist for Marvel Comics. The Illinois based artist has also done work for Warner Bros., Image, Upper Deck, Mattel Toys and more! His artistic style stands out amongst most others, making his work easily recognizable.
Skottie Young is best known for his work on the New York Times Best Selling and Eisner Award Winning series The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels, The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz; the latter of which he is still working on with writer Eric Shanower. Aside from his adaptations of the L. Frank Baum OZ novels, Young has worked as an artist on various Marvel titles over the years including Human Torch, New X-Men, New Warriors and Spider-Man Legend of the Spider Clan. He has also done covers for books like Deadpool, Iron-Man, Spider-man and Avengers Prime amongst others.
Young began his work in comics like most other artists; by setting up a table at conventions and hoping for the best. Luckily CB Cebulski, who was at the time an editor for Marvel Comics, stumbled upon his portfolio and fell in love with it. Young and Cebulski became quick friends and worked on a few small indy projects together before Cebulski managed to get Skottie a gig doing the artwork for a fill-in issue of Marvel’s Iceman series. After that Young continued to work on comics full time at Marvel; the rest, as they say, is history.
Currently, Skottie Young is working on Ozma of Oz for Marvel Comics. He also recently released two sketchbooks (Stuff and Junk respectively) and a collection of his original online comic strip The Adventures of Bernard The World Destroyer; all of which are available on his website‘s store.
Below is a gallery of some of Young’s artwork for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!