Sunday, July 29, 2012

MAKING A MARK: Stjepan Sejic - The Creme Of The Top Cow Crop

Every week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Stjepan Sejic. Years ago I used to look at Michael Turner's Top Cow exclusive work and think damn, I wish he could draw Aquaman. Now I look at over in the Top Cow meadows, hoping Stjepan will get to draw more than just the odd cover for the big two too. Because if his personal gallery is anything to go by, we're kind of being deprived right now.
While Hulk vs Thing at the top was a fan commission, and the Medusa next to them a Marvel cover, the above is a tribute to one of Sejic's own personal fanboy crushes, the Masters of the Universe. Look at those redesigns! While he also has a She-ra version which acts as a companion piece to this image in his gallery, as a fellow MOTU fan, there could be only one!

While I dig this bat-family image focuses on Robin rather than Batman, where's Nightwing? While he mocks himself for drawing something as cliché as Gotham's best on gargoyles, when it works it works!

Enough with the heroes. Time to end this post with a stunning look at Stjepan's all-time favourite villain; Hordak.

 What do you think?  Sound off below in the comments section or click here for more great Making A Markists. To see more of Stjepan's work, including Spider-man's rouges redesigned, Fing Fang Foom and Red Tornado, visit his website after the jump.


  1. well, we know what this artist thinks in regards to a throw down between The HULK and The THING. those Batman family and Masters of the Universe paintings are pretty sweet. if you look closely at the details of the MOTU painting you can see how the artist took some liberties with the look of the villains. but he actually managed to improve upon them with a more up to date look while staying true to their classic images.

  2. i've really been wishing for a more serious version of the Masters of the Universe to come into being some day. like something closer to Conan as opposed to a more kindergarten friendly version that we've gotten over the years. the new Thundercats is a good example of how an 80's franchise that had a good premise got a visual face lift only as opposed to have been upgraded for an older audience. i really hate that what a @#$%*& waste!

  3. Wow! Just wow! Like Shlomo said, I've never seen the MOTU world look so life-like and vivid until now.
    It almost, almost reminds me of the late 80's MOTU live-action movie.

    Awesome, awesome artwork. Someone employ this man right away!

    I also dug the Bat-Family scene too. Real nice.

  4. Thanks guys - yeah I agree. I think even if MOTU took itself down the Final Fantasy road it would be a great step, but yes a bit more realism in their appearance would sure help.

    The redesigns are what stood out about the piece to me initially - Evil Lyn looks fantastic. Still once he's finished at Top Cow, who knows where his talented trail will lead. Eternia, Gotham, Cyberton? All would be lucky to have him.

  5. I'm only sorry i can't find that She-ra conterpart aart at the deviant art page. I'd love to see it.
    Does anybody knows what is ravine?
    That Medusa cover, always blown my mind :)

  6. Hey Aliera - thanks for the comments! I think Ravine is a fantasy comic he is working on himself - doesn't the art look fantastic for it! All those dragons!

    As for Medusa, imagine drawing that hair! But what a worthwhile result.

    As for She-Ra, he does have a few pics of her up on his gallery, but the bookend version to the He-Man art above is the one at the end of this link - hope you like it!