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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Edvin Biukovic

Every day in June I featured the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they were picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!

I ended up with more suggestions than there were days in the month, so enjoy a few BONUS installments!

The second bonus installment is the pick of Goran Sudzuka, who I featured in a previous Month of Art Stars (here). He’s a great artist. You can check out his website here.

Goran’s pick is Edvin Biukovic.

Edvin Biukovic was well on his way to becoming an extremely notable comic book artist in the industry in the late 1990s when, tragically, the artist died of complications from a brain tumor (that had just been diagnosed weeks earlier) at the far too young age of 30 years old.

He still left behind a strong artistic legacy, most notably in the United States his work on the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series…

and for the first (EXCELLENT) Human Target mini-series by Peter Milligan…

Just recently, Goran did a blog post as a tribute to Edvin, who would have turned 40 on June 22nd of this year.

Goran shared a sampling of Edvin’s work in that post, and I thought it made sense to share them here, as well…

We’re missing a great artist, and it sounds like a great man, too.

Thanks to Goran for the pick!

15 Comments

A great artist, great choice.

Fabulous artist. His Grendel Tales series, Devils and Deaths, is one of my all-time favourites.

He would’ve been a star.

Ditto on praise for his Gendel Tales work. And for his work in general. Thanks for giving him the bonus treatment.

An outstanding artist. Put me down as another who loved his Grendel work. His Human Target mini was great as well.

Lobo/Aliens?!?!?!

YES PLEASE!!! SOMEBODY DO THIS NOW!!

I loved his Rogue Squadron stuff..

Brian, thanks for posting this.
It’s probably my fault, cause I didn’t provide you some scans, but I think Grendel Tales is his most outstanding work. Folks, do check out this book. Eddy and Darko Macan (who wrote it) did a brilliant work there, probably the best in their careers, along with short story ‘ A prayer to the sun’ published in Vertigo’s anthology ‘Weird War Tales’
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grendel-Tales-Devils-Deaths-Graphic/dp/1569712034
http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?IID=5003931
Symbolical, Grendel Tales was his first American work, for which he received Russ Manning Award for the best newcomer, while ‘A prayer to the sun’ was his last work, for which he and Darko were nominated for Eisner Award for the best short story.

A great artist, sorely missed. I read his Star Wars work when it came out, and remember being shocked when I heard of his death.

(His Star Wars art included here is from the adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command novel, though.)

I’ve been waiting for someone to nominate Biukovic. Great great great artist. I wonder if anyone’ll nominate Igor Kordey?

The two Grendel Tales stories that he did were the highlight of the series for me. Loved both of those stories.

Well, Parlov and Kordey would be my next choices. Thankfully Cliff chose Parlov already, now we need someone for Igor! : )

Great, great choice. Thanks again, Goran.
By the way, another great and thoroughly enjoyable source of Biukovic’s work is contained a collection of his earlier collaborations with Macan, called “Citati” (? I think). Unfortunately, its pretty hard to find outside of Croatia…

Excellent artist.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

July 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I loved his work when it was coming out.

Such a shame.

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