Fantasy Muscle Artist Spotlight: David C. Matthews

David C. Matthews is an illustrator and cartoonist well known within the female muscle fan community for his hyper muscular heroines. Whether in peril or taking down the bad guy, Dave’s characters are always sexy. He has published small-press comics, contributed art for other publishers and created T-shirt designs for The Valkyries.

David was born in Burlington, North Carolina in 1953 and has lived in Orlando, Florida since 1974. He works as a “quick sketch” portrait artist at Disney-MGM Studios in the Brown Derby caricature stand. “This is the source of 99.9999% of my income, even though I think of myself as an illustrator and cartoonist, much the same way as an aspiring actor might take a job to earn an actual living.”

His inspiration and interests come from women’s bodybuilding, comics, animation, belly dancing and Japanese anime. Janet, his wife since 1977, is also a source of inspiration. He says “…even though she’s neither blonde nor a bodybuilder, her heart, spirit and generosity are present in almost every character I’ve created.”

Tetsuko is David’s most popular character. She is his vision of what a Japanese manga Supergirl might be like, without as many powers. She also doesn’t wear a costume… or often times anything at all. Her trusty sidekick is the buxom Dr. Sonya Gannon. Some of his other characters are:

Satin Steel
Janet “Satin” Steele steps into the world of competitive bodybuilding. She is young, gifted, starry-eyed and eager to blaze her trail through the ranks to her ultimate goal… the title of Ms. Ultima.

Dyna The Damsel Dynamo!
When Evil threatens, Deena pushes the button on her belt and becomes Dyna, The Damsel Dynamo!

Muscle Girl
Muscle Girl is a circus strongwoman, inspired by “Strong Man”, a character created by comics legend Bob Powell in the 1950’s. Her origins are a mystery, even to herself, so she travels with the circus, hoping to find a clue to her true identity.

See more of David C. Matthews and his muscle women at or at his DeviantArt page

Contributing writer Area Orion

3 Responses to "Fantasy Muscle Artist Spotlight: David C. Matthews"

  1. David C. Matthews  January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Wow, what a nice tribute! Thank you.

    I should note only a couple of corrections, and only due to the fact that I haven’t updated my own bio page in years 😀 a) Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS), and b) I no longer work exclusively at DHS; the company I work for also now schedules me at WDW’s Magic Kingdom three days a week, leaving me working at DHS only on weekends.

    That said, I’m honored. Once again, thank you.


  2. James Peter  April 17, 2012 at 1:15 am

    David C. Matthews was the best of a small but talented group of illustrators for special title and comic book publications. For years, the perfect female form was only to be seen in public by these talented artists, whether it was the relatively unknown Satin Steele or the many iterations of Super Girl, Wonder Woman, Power Girl, etc. Even in the current time of morphs and computer augmentation, the pen and pencil drawings of these guys still stands by itself…

  3. be perry  April 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

    so if i go to the disney-mgm studio what is the percentage i will see him there at the brown derby stand


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