thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2013 Series, No. 56 – Dr. Strange [TRDL Cryptohistorical Redesign]

TRDL 2013 Series, No. 56 – Dr. Strange [TRDL Cryptohistorical Redesign]

TRDL 2013 Series, No. 56 – Dr. Strange [TRDL Cryptohistorical Redesign]

It’s no secret that i love historical fiction, and especially alternate timeline/steampunky business. I’m drawn to this stuff in literature, and especially in design. I’m fascinated by it. So I’ve been slowly collecting a series of TRDL Redesigns and special projects that involve an old timey redesign of the subject. I call it the TRDL Cryptohistorical Series. 

The mysterious Mister Stefan Strange, and his assistant, Clea Orcutt…

– I went with a stylized international period colonial uniform for Strange, as I’ve established he was a field surgeon crippled in wartime. I picture him like the famous King of San Francisco, wandering the streets in a tattered but well-maintained uniform and finery, a majestic ragamuffin. A street guy. With something going on. The colors of the uniform reflect the primary colors of Dr. Strange’s tunic, and the general Sgt. Pepper motif spreads out like Strange’s Ditkoesque chestpiece.

– I gave him tell tale mustache and greying hair, but as any gentlemen who’s anyone, he has to wear a hat. So i gave him a late 1800s military cap with no insignia, keeping the colorway dark to reflect the real Strange’s head of hair.

– I always liked the idea that Strange was a surgeon who lost the ability to perform precision surgery. So I crippled our man, here in a disturbing, un-reset manner, like he got his hands caught in some black-smoke belching industrial age press of some sort.

– I made him the Director Emeritus of the Curious Agamotto Society. So the medal of course wil look familiar, and I gave it a little ribbon with an Illuminati eye on it, which is of course a nod to Bendis’ concepts.

– Some TRDL-approved symbology to be found here.

– Clea, I kept that crazy hair in a way, with curls that lick up from under her hat. It was actually a pretty reasonable, rational way to have hair like we see in the old comics. Anyway, colorway and such is taken from the classic character, and you’ll note the pattern on the bottom hem of her underskirts…

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TRDL 2013 Series, No. 57 – The Space Phantom

TRDL 2013 Series, No. 57 – The Space Phantom

TRDL 2013 Series, No. 54 – Daredevil Year One [TRDL Redesign]

TRDL 2013 Series, No. 54 – Daredevil Year One [TRDL Redesign]