Custom Steranko Madame Hydra and Contessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine 2.0

Months ago, I created a Contessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine figure.

thecontessa-001I’ve liked having it on my shelf, but over time, its inaccuracies bugged me. Namely, the lack of a big ol’ beehive hairdo. Deane, as is often the case in many areas of life, nudged me towards a state closer to perfect with a few simple, direct words.

“Sculpey hair,” he said, “grab a wad, an exacto, a drink, and have patience. ” As usual, I took his advice. After an afternoon taking in all the wonders of Hobby Lobby, I found a packet of black Sculpey. Checking out, I impulse bought a Hershey’s bar as well. “I’ve got something delicious here to eat, and then I’ve also got a chocolate bar for later” I said to the pretty girl at the register.

My first project was a simple one: take the Hasbro Marvel Legends Madame Hydra…


And make her something closer to Steranko’s original vision of her:

Steranko Madame Hydra 1

In those days, Madame Hydra (Later known as Viper) had a bad eye and damaged face underneath that hair. It was a big part of the character, so much so that even at her moment of greatest triumph, she would rather smash a mirror than look into one.

Steranko Madame Hydra 2

So as a Steranko fan, I wanted mine to match the work I so admire as closely as possible. I cut out her little plastic eye for good measure, then began shaping the clay over it. It all went much faster than I thought it would, and I’m pleased with the result.

HailHydra 001

That was simple, though. The Contessa would be a bigger project. I considered carving the hell out of the one I already made, but decided to start fresh with an old Toy Biz Elektra.


Elektra has the right exotic face, and cutting off the skirt or whatever you call that, I knew I could really turn this into a nearly blank canvas. I’ve never been the biggest Elektra fan, so I didn’t mind too much going to work on a decade old impulse buy.

And so in short order, I created this:

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I even elected to give the holster and leopard print handled pistol from the previous custom Contessa to the new one instead.

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But what of my old custom? Well, I suppose now she could just be called Velvet…


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One response to “Custom Steranko Madame Hydra and Contessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine 2.0

  1. Deane Aikins

    I love this. Great work!

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