Sunday, April 22, 2012

MAKING A MARK: Stephanie Buscema - Retro Art Wowzers From A Retro Art Fan

Twice a week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Stephanie Buscema, an American illustrator/painter from New York. With a last name like 'Buscema' you know illustration runs deep in her veins, so to you'll find, does a deep appreciation of all those great drawing styles of times gone by.

It's an age old question - 'Best females in comics, Marvel or DC?' Here the leading ladies of the latter enjoy an after work drink, good talking about evil and vica versa. Wonder Woman and Batgirl are one thing but Cheetah and Catwoman are a welcome trip down memory lane.

As an established professional, Stephanie still prefers paint or pencil straight onto paper. Her major inspirations include music (Punk, Rockabilly, Jazz), mid century album cover art, monster movies, old Golden books and early animation.

Storm and Wonder Woman above do highlight many of those influences, especially the Golden books style - and even the original opening sequence to the classic sitcom Bewitched.

I chose Liberty Belle for the hero piece of the post for two reasons. One; it is just flat out cool, and two; I think the character is one of the most underused yet iconic characters in the DC library. I first came across the original in JSA: The Golden Age, and now the mantle is now with speedster Jesse Quick, it's still a concept and costume that should never be out of sight (just like most of the Justice Society!)

 What do you think?  Sound off below in the comments section or click here for more great Making A Markists. To see more of Stephanie's retro based wonder versions of the Inhumans, Mary Marvel and a whole lot more, visit her website after the jump. 


  1. Loved this work! I'd like to see her take on other DC ladies. The Golden Age Harlequin, for example and a 70s trio: Donna Troy, Thorn and Supergirl.

  2. Hey Dougie! Thanks for the comments and awesome choices too! Harley Quinn the modern (but not DC52 modern) version has a poster over on her website, but I think that's as close as she gets to your four.

    Hopefully she gets the inspiration to do then soon. I'm thinking the red jumpsuit Donna Troy would be a natural fit for her style!

  3. This Buscema chick's got some talent doesn't she Dan? Is she really related to John and Sal Buscema, is that a happy coincidence? Either she the girl's got the chops to go far in this business. Hell, with type of art, she looks like the next Darwyn Cooke, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. DC, scope her up quick before someone else does!

  4. Hey Dale - yip she sure is! Stephanie Buscema started out as an inker for her grandfather, comic artist John Buscema so yip comic brilliance runs deep in her veins!