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A Month of Art Stars – Goran Sudzuka

Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book art “star,” someone whose work I absolutely love.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here‘s the archive of the artists mentioned so far!

Here’s a Croatian artist who I think should be doing more work in America than he has so far.


Like the first artist I mentioned this month, Frank Espinosa, Sudzuka began working in the field of animation in Croatia.

Ultimately, he began working with the awesome Croatian comic creator, Darko Macan, and soon, Sudzuka was working on American comic books, starting with a book he co-created with Jamie Delano, the twisted Outlaw Nation.

Here, Sudzuka demonstrated the style that would be consistent throughout his work – a clear, almost cartoony straightforward style of character design, with a clear sense of how to tell a story. Sudžuka’s is exceptional in its clarity.

Next, Sudžuka worked on a mini-series with writer Andy Diggle about John Constantine’s ancestor, Lady Constantine.

Next, Sudzuka got probably his biggest piece of comic work yet, as he followed in the footsteps of book co-creator, Pia Guerra, who has a similar straightforward style of art, in the pages of Y the Last Man, where Sudzuka worked as a sort of back-up artist, drawing a total of 20% of the issues in total.

After his Y work, Sudzuka did some work for a French publisher on the title L’Histoire Secrete.

Sudzuka is also doing a weekly Croatian comic strip with Darko Macan called Martina Mjesec…

Currently, he is drawing a mini-series for Vertigo about John Constantine’s longest living friend, Chas Chandler with writer Simon Oliver.

Sudzuka should be doing a lot more work for American comics! Bigger stuff, too!

The preceding artwork is all courtesy of Goran’s website here! Check it out for more cool artwork!


Sudzuka reminds me of Goran Parlov who did alot of the Punisher Max with Garth Ennis.

Wow! He did Lady Constantine?? I thought I had first seen his stuff on Y… wrong, again!
Love those pencils on the Y pages by the way. Gorgeously clean!

Did he do a couple of fill-in issues on the Exterminators as well, or was I hallucinating that one?

Sudžuka, Parlov, the late Edvin Biuković – all Croatian, all masters of cartoonish realism and storytelling. Is there something in the water in Zagreb, or what?

Another great artist. I hadn’t seen his work outside of his Y the Last Man fill-ins, but the other stuff looks much more detailed and elaborate. I realize that he was probably trying to maintain the feel that Pia Guerra established for the book, and it’s admirable that he could suit that style as well. But his ” original ” ( i.e. directed by his own style, not another’s ) work looks marvelous.

Having lived in Zagreb since the early 1990s, I can tell you that there’s not much in the water here besides a little chalk (it’s some seriously hard water). At least, drinking it over the years has done nothing to improve my drawing or storytelling talents. Must be something else…

Dzuka is my hero! When I grow up, I will be Dzuka!

brian, thanks! really appreciate it.
and thanks, to all of you guys. there’s more great croatian artists – kordey, zezelj, ribic…
it’s not a water, it’s growing up in ex-yugoslavia that had rich comic industry publishing masterworks from usa, france, spain, italy etc.
oh, and i didn’t work on exterminators, blackjak, but i’m working now with simon oliver on chas mini series.
a taste of it, along with other news, sketches and oldies, you can find on my blog http://dzukalog.blogspot.com/

cheers, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by, Goran.

I just saw your blog the other day – I love the work process stuff you do there.

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