As you look through “Nebezial” or Stjepan Sejic’s artwork you can see the development of his talent through his history. For years he worked with Witchblade so he is incredibly skilled at textures and scales. I wanted to include Hawkman #2 but it’s already in the Best Dragon Covers article AND the Sejic is Obsessed with Teeth article. Why can’t I include it in every blog post? There are more than 10 covers in this list but I’m ok with that.
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Realm of Kings Inhumans #1 – January 2010 – The superelastic, ultra fantastic hair of Medusa is on full display with this cover. It’s almost encircling Black Bolt in a cradle of hairy comfort. Honestly, for me, this is a nightmare, being surrounded by hair. Yuk. One hair in my food sends me running to the bathroom. Back to the cover, Sejic creates a captivating scene with this cover. Notice the white light illuminating Black Bolt upper torso and the rich yellow and orange light at the bottom.
Aphrodite IX: Hidden Files #1 – 2014 – Normally when a comic shows someone thinking there is a thought bubble but Sejic gave Aphrodite “thought hair”! Boom. You can see the concern on her face as she continues to get short flash replays of her previous actions. This cover tells a story and it’s visually intriguing.
Switch #4B – July 2016 – Switch was a title that Sejic worked on as the writer, artist, cover artist, and even variant cover artist. Can you say, “lazy”? His wife, Linda, worked on a variant cover for each issue as well. While this title only lasted 4 issues it included this fantastic cover of reptilian-like scales, flames, and attitude.
Witchblade #131D – October 2009 – Baltimore Comic-Con Variant Hopefully you understand my writing by now to know that I’m not going to pick an overly sexualized cover. I really debated about including this one. Sexual covers are one dimensional in their appeal. To me, this bewitching cover isn’t just sexual, it has a costume ball feel with the mask, great detail in the armor and interesting lighting. It also has a variety of textures with the smoke from the candles, the bricks, and curtains in the background. After closer inspection, she does have an ancient artifact on her nether regions. Might have to rethink it again.
Pathfinder Origins #1 – February 2015 – There are some nice details in their armor but this cover is about the faces. Both of their expressions are some mix of anger and determination. You can see the dragon’s tail and sparks of fire scattered about so you know what they are fighting.
Teen Titans #12 (vol. 6) – November 2017 – This was one of the hottest books last fall with the rise of the Batman who laughs. Really this book should be tied in with the entire Gotham Resistance set, Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26 and Green Arrow #32. All four of those covers are great but this one is eerie and fascinating and people love it.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #18 – December 2014 – The background on this Stjepan cover is busy with all the characters and Castle Grey Skull but this cover is about She-Ra! The light coming down from heaven gives an angelic feel to the center of attention. He-man and the Masters of the Universe came out in 1983 but no one remembers her looking THIS good.
Aphrodite IX #1 Free Comic Book Day – May 2013 – The weird and wonderful thing about this cover is that you can easily get distracted in all the shades of red (not shades of grey) found in this dragon. Contrast the sharp textures of the dragon with the feminine curves of Aphrodite IX and you have a great looking cover. Not only do you have this mix of differences but you have an intensity and a motion found in the background. Plus it was a free comic book!
Rise of the Magi #1A – June 2014 – There are so many things to like about this cover. The beast is creepy, frightening and intriguing. The coloring is spectacular from the greys and olive green to the luminescent pinks and purples. There is something to a cover that leaves some mystery, it pulls you into the story. We cannot see the lower half of the beast so now you have to buy it.
Aquaman #26 (vol. 8) – September 2017 – Mera is angry, focused and ready to attack on this marvelous cover. The details found in the water are mind-boggling. There are drops, strings of water and curvy water funnels, all in the control of Mera. The more you look at this cover, the more you will fall into it. Mera, herself, is dazzling and fiery and her scalloped costume is exquisite.
He-Man: The Eternity War #3 – April 2015 – Yeah, yeah, yeah another He-Man cover but look at it, it’s amazing and dramatic. She-Ra and Swift Wind (If you’ve ever seen the Seinfeld episode with the horse farting you know this is a bad name for a horse) are descending, battle ready, intense. She-Ra’s power sword is electric with energy while Catra, Scorpia and a Horde Army charge forward. Sejic captures the moment before chaos strikes.
Magdalena #3A – May 2017 – For Spawn month this Image cover is spectacular. There are elements that are in focus and out of focus, like the chains or the cape. That gives it a more realistic look. Our peripheral vision keeps the edges out of focus and the straightforward things in focus. Sejic is basically directing our eyes to Magdalena’s face and body. Notice that her hip is out on the left side causing a curve in the front of the costume. Masterful.
Savage Tales #4 – October 2007 – If this cover were just an ornate dragon throne it would be a better than average cover but it’s more. Red Sonja is gorgeous, fierce and somehow relaxed with her leg up. The light is playing with her helmet, spear and chainmail bikini. I hope the mother of dragons doesn’t see this throne because she will want it.
With this list, I tried to find a variety of books from all of his work. Please let us know if we missed anything.
by Ron Cloer