Sergey Martyn is based in Russia, and his work started appearing
on eBay a few years back. Immediately I was taken with his slightly
different view of Vampirella, and the exquisite detail of his artwork.
He is an artist specializing in neo-gothic and fantasy art, and
his weapons of choice are graphite and coloured pencils - though
there are a lot more paintings being produced now.
Though he has done a few topless/nude versions of Vampirella, they
are all done in good taste and with his usual level of quality.
Over the years his work has improved exponentially, and eBay has
provided him with a window onto the world which has reciprocated
with work for his obvious talents. I emailed Sergey a couple of
years ago, and was quite surprised and very pleased to have a detailed
and chatty response. Based on that minimal contact with him I got
the impression that he is a very nice guy, who loves his work. Recent
contact with Sergey reinforced my opinion of him, and he has given
me permission to use his "Rivers Of Blood 2" painting
as part of this site's layout (the picture at the top left of
I don't think Sergey is an "underrated" artist, more
an "under used" artist. Perhaps it is because he is Russian,
but whatever the reason he deserves to be up their with some of
the greats. Harris Comics take note - this guy should do a Vampirella