P:R Redesign: Thomas Fummo’s Doctor Strange!

Note: Longtime P:R commentor Thomas Fummo makes his solo debut here with a take on Marvel’s resident magic man, Doctor Strange. Fummo brings his lush illustration style here, taking advantage of the Doctor’s rather decadent looks and gives him a visit to the tailor. Strange isn’t a super-hero in the typical variety, and Fummo sees that and instead makes him an adventurer of yore. – Chris A.

Here’s what Fummo had to say about the redesign:

It’s not really much of a change, really. Definitely no re-imagining this time. I literally just took some of the key costume elements and tried to make them look less ridiculous. I combined the poofy shirt and cape into one, long coat, turning that spiky collar thing into raised lapels. I wanted him to look half shaman, half victorian occultist: hence the forehead marking and victorian cravat, waistcoat and knee-high boots.

12 comments to “P:R Redesign: Thomas Fummo’s Doctor Strange!”
  1. Glad to see Thomas finally making the “tailor’s” cut. It screams Strange in style and personality. It is flamboyant without being ridiculous and that’s something hard to achieve, but the design keeps to a minimum and that,s why it works.

  2. It’s difficult to appreciate the overall costuming design by itself apart from the really awesome art style, repetitive curly lines that really make this image pop. Also, I really appreciate the angular facial features and hair that helps to set the character’s age and personality. A really nifty piece of art.

  3. Ha! Yes! Good to see Thomas’ work get a formal debut. I personally love his style and have done for many, many years (having watching it develop for some time). I have to tell you the new swirling shading is really fantastic and something that I don’t think we really see all that often. It fits best with his slightly other worldly redesigns and looks great here on Dr. Strange.

    Yes, I’m slightly gushing but this is a really good interpretation of the old doctor (maybe a tad older than the statically aged 616 doc but still cool). I like the slightly throwback-y cut of his clothing. Gives me a slightly Lovecraftian vibe (admittedly never read Lovecraft’s work I’m simply basing that on images I’ve seen that are labelled as being ‘Lovecraftian’)

  4. I can see him consulting with clients in his Parlor in this outfit, listening to their otherworldly problems like a DOCTOR would. Here is a man who, while whimsical, can live in the mundane world. Take off the coat, roll up your shirt sleeves and perform some magical surgery Doctor Strange, you’ve got your work cut out for you

  5. Lots to love here. The busy patterns off-set by the white pants and glowing eyes. The upturn on the boots matching the top of the collar.

    This would be a perfect Doc for a retro story or something more lighthearted.

  6. First of all, thanks to P:R for featuring this design :)
    I’d also like to take a moment to apologise if the comment I wrote under Danny’s Mysterio’s piece sounded pushy or inconsiderate. I had sent the Dr. Strange redesign back in February and I simply assumed that it hadn’t made the cut. It wasn’t my intention to be bitchy, but merely to mention the design so as to encourage any of my fellow commentators who might be interested to look it up on my blog, as I wasn’t expecting to see it featured here on the site.
    Either way, I’m honored as always to have my work featured here. Thanks Mario for the kind words, as well :)

  7. Bobby2889: Yes, I’m slightly gushing but this is a really good interpretation of the old doctor (maybe a tad older than the statically aged 616 doc but still cool). I like the slightly throwback-y cut of his clothing. Gives me a slightly Lovecraftian vibe (admittedly never read Lovecraft’s work I’m simply basing that on images I’ve seen that are labelled as being ‘Lovecraftian’)

    See, him being older makes it work more. He looks kind of immortal and ancient. This is a Stephen Strange who’s origin hasn’t been moved up as his comic goes along. This is a Doctor Strange who became a surgeon during the end of the 19th century

  8. i love every aspect of this. design. art.

    the red spot has to go though… kinda gives off mr. sinister vibe instead of eye of agamoto.

  9. I think jamie has a point – the red spot does make him seem a bit sinister. But I’m also not certain whether that’s a sort of “power effect”, or if he always has that spot when he’s not using magic. There is a definite macabre vibe to this, however, that’s perfectly appropriate to Doctor Strange. Overall, I really like this piece of art.

  10. @Jamie and Danny: I thought the spot might not be to everyone’s liking :) I personally see him having it all the time, but I suppose it could just flare up and glow when he’s using magic. Whatever you prefer :)

    @Marie: Thanks :) I’m so happy this design has had such nice feedback.

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