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    Marko Djurdjevic
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Djurdjevic (pronounced approximately "d-your-d-yeh-vik") was born January 24th, 1979 in a small town in Germany. As a child he exhibited a talent for drawing, inspired by cartoons such as He-Man. His environment as a youth was somewhat stifling, however. Visual art was not encouraged in his household, and so Djurdjevic was forced to teach himself how to develop his abilities. As a boy he was unaware that other artists he admired often used pictures and photos to draw inspiration from, assuming that they made it up out of their heads. This later contributed to his not using any references in his work process, relying on a visual library that was developed through memorization. When Marko was 11, he discovered Burne Hogarth's book Dynamic Anatomy (1958), a major turning point in his self-education. Studying the guide for two years, Djurdjevic then put the book away and began to add a layer of realism to his drawings. He used what he learned from Hogarth as a foundation, while at the same time pulling ideas from his everyday life observations.

As a teenager, Djurdjevic became influenced by American comic books such as Spider-Man, a foreshadowing of his later career as a Marvel Comics illustrator. He rejected the comic style of drawing a couple of years later, citing it as "too stylized" and "exaggerated", which was contrary to his training early on. At the age of 17, Marko began working professionally as an illustrator. He mostly produced black and white drawings for tabletop rpg companies such as White Wolf, Inc. and FanPro Games.

Djurdjevic continued working in Germany as an illustrator for the next few years, building upon his personal style which took on an almost sketch-like quality while retaining anatomical accuracy. He was convinced by a friend to begin posting some of his designs and pictures on a relatively new online art community called He gained immediate recognition for his ability to conjure extremely believable figures from his imagination in a short amount of time. Djurdjevic's popularity was noticed by the founding members of, Jason Manley and Andrew Jones. The two had been creating a network of friends through their website, and were in the process of forming a company devoted to producing high quality concept art for videogame companies and the film industry. Djurdjevic was offered a position in the group as a senior concept artist, focusing on human character and creature design. He accepted and became one of the original members of the company now known as Massive Black.

Massive Black started off as a group of professionals who collaborated over the internet. As more projects developed, the company was forced to create a physical headquarters in San Francisco, California. Djurdjevic left his home country and moved to the U.S., where he resided for the next 3 1/2 years. During this time, the community leaders and professional instructors began to hold workshops in various locations, with the intention of teaching fledgling artists directly. This served as a way of connecting with the artistic community that the website had formed on a more intimate level. Through the events, Djurdjevic garnered attention as a generous, and enthusiastic teacher. He many times stated how important teaching was to him, never having had a teacher when he was younger. Marko's prolific nature, hard work ethic, and emphasis on quality turned him into an extremely popular artist within the industry and on the's forums.

In 2004, Marko was contacted by Christian Gunther to work on a post-apocalyptic themed rpg known as Degenesis. Gunther has previously released the game in 2001, but it received little attention. Gunther was hoping that a revision of the game, along with a strong artistic direction, would give the game a larger audience. Djurdjevic was commissioned to design most of the game's look, as well as the bulk of it's interior artwork and character designs. This project allowed Djurdjevic to showcase his ability to create original, yet believable worlds on a large scale. He quickly became associated with the style of the characters in the game, with their asymmetrical designs, horrific themes, and focus on gesture. Marko often stated that the post-apocalyptic genre was his favorite genre to work in.

Djurdjevic continued to work in California as a concept artist for the next few years. Massive Black was now the concept industry's leader in terms of production and quality. The founders of the website decided to start developing tutorial dvd's that could be sold to the general public, with the profits going back into the community to help support it. Marko was asked to be the first artist to produce a dvd, showcasing his process and intuitive ability to create game characters from start to finish. He accepted. Around this time, Marko ( at the urging of his friend Nic Klein), re-created 18 characters from a long-time favorite series of theirs, the X-Men. Djurdjevic finished the drawings in a mere three days, and posted them on the forums. The response was huge, and Marko was immediately flooded with fan and hate mail over the creations. The designs increased his popularity online, and the characters were eventually discovered by an editor working at Marvel Comics. The sketches were well-received by the company, so they contacted Djurdjevic and offered him an exclusive contract to produce illustrations for some of their title's covers. He accepted the offer after producing a test cover for the series X-23.

Unknown to the community that had helped skyrocket his popularity, Djurdjevic had fallen in love with an artist named Jelena. The opportunity to sustain himself through his illustration work with Marvel caused Marko to give up his job as a concept artist for Massive Black and move back to Germany to be with his girlfriend. The two were married shortly after his return to Europe. At the end of 2006, Massive Black released the dvd Character Ideation, which was well-received by critics and artists alike. This event cemented Djurdjevic as a world-renowned artist.

Date of Birth: January 24th, 1979
Birthplace: Germany


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100% Marvel: Daredevil (1999)
Age Of Heroes (2010)
The Art of Painted Comics (2016)
Astonishing X-Men/Amazing Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Sketchbook (2009)
Avengers Assemble (2010)
Avengers Poster Book (2011)
Avengers: Roll Call (2012)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Magazine (2016)
Captain America Poster Book (2011)
Dakota North: Design For Dying (2018)
Daredevil (1998)
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker Saga (2008)
Dark Reign: The List - Avengers (2009)
Dark Tower Omnibus (2011)
Der Dunkle Turm (2008)
Fear Itself Poster Book (2011)
Fear Itself: Fellowship Of Fear (2011)
Fear Itself: The Worthy (2011)
Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Three/Marvel's Agent Carter Season Two (2017)
Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Marvel's Incredible Hulk/Marvel's Iron Man 2 (2016)
Heroic Age (2010)
I Am Captain America (2012)
Invincible Iron Man (2008)
Invincible Iron Man (2015)
Iron Man By Design (2010)
Iron Manual Mark 3 (2010)
The List (2009)
March on Ultimatum (2009)
The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic (2009)
Marvel Calendar (2009)
Marvel Cinematic Universe Guidebook (2017)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Pets Handbook (2009)
Marvel Universe (2013)
Marvel Vampires Poster Book (2010)
Marvelman Classic Primer (2010)
The Mighty Avengers (2007)
The Mighty Thor Saga (2011)
New Avengers (2005)
New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis: The Complete Collection (2017)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (2010)
Secret Invasion Poster Book (2009)
Siege - Die Belagerung (2010)
Siege: Storming Asgard - Heroes & Villains (2010)
Spider-Man [ITA] (2008)
Thor (1966)
Thor (2007)
Thor [SPA] (2008)
Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Omnibus (2010)
Thor Giant-Size Finale (2010)
Thor Poster Book (2011)
Thor Sonderband (2008)
Thor: Asgard's Avenger (2011)
Thor: Search for Odin (2008)
Ultimate Captain America (2008)
Ultimate Hulk (2008)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
What If? Civil War (2008)
Wizard (1991)
Wolverine [GER] (2009)
Wolverine/X-Men Special Edition Magazine (2008)
X-Men: Magneto Testament (2008)
X-Men: Messiah Complex (2007)
X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook (2010)
X-Men: Second Coming Revelations (2010)

Age Of Heroes (2010)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Magazine (2016)
Dakota North: Design For Dying (2018)
Daredevil (1998)
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker Saga (2008)
Fear Itself: The Worthy (2011)
Heroic Age (2010)
March on Ultimatum (2009)
The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic (2009)
Marvel Universe (2013)
The Mighty Avengers (2007)
Spider-Man [ITA] (2008)
Thor (1966)
Thor (2007)
Thor [SPA] (2008)
Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Omnibus (2010)
Thor Giant-Size Finale (2010)
Ultimate Captain America (2008)


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100% Marvel (2003)
100% Marvel: Daredevil (1999)
100% Marvel: Ghost Rider (2007)
100% Marvel: X-Men - Magnéto: Le Testament (2009)
Age Of Heroes (2010)
Age of Ultron (2013)
Age of Ultron Companion (2014)
Aladdin: Legacy Of The Lost (2010)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son (2010)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
Astonishing X-Men (2004)
Atlas: Marvel Boy (2010)
Avengers (2010)
Avengers Academy (2010)
Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp (2012)
Avengers Origins: Luke Cage (2012)
Avengers Origins: The Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver (2012)
Avengers Origins: Thor (2012)
Avengers Origins: Vision (2012)
Avengers Prime (2010)
Avengers: Mythos (2012)
Avengers: Scarlet Witch (2015)
Black Panther (2009)
Black Panther (2018)
Blade (2006)
Cable (2008)
Capitán América (2011)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America (2005)
Captain America (2011)
Captain America (2018)
Champions (2016)
Chaos War: Ares (2011)
Civil War II (2016)
Civil War II [GER] (2017)
Civil War II Daily Bugle Newspaper (2016)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Daily Bugle (2006)
Daken: Dark Wolverine (2010)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil (1998)
Daredevil: Blood of the Tarantula (2008)
Daredevil: Cage Match (2010)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Reign Special (2010)
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four (2009)
Dark Reign: The Hood (2009)
Dark Reign: The List - Avengers (2009)
Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (2008)
Dark Wolverine (2009)
Deadpool (2008)
Death Of Dracula (2010)
Doctor Strange (2018)
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural (2009)
Drifter (2014)
El Capitan America. Captain America (2009)
El Increíble Hulk (2008)
Eternals (2008)
Fear Itself - Nackte Angst (2011)
Fear Itself: Book Of The Skull (2011)
Fear Itself: Spider-Man (2011)
Fear Itself: The Home Front (2011)
Fear Itself: The Worthy (2011)
FF (2011)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2005)
Generation Hope (2011)
Ghost Rider (2006)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Hawkeye & Mockingbird (2010)
Hercules: The Knives of Kush (2009)
Heroic Age Previews (2010)
Howard The Duck Omnibus (2008)
Hulk (2008)
Hulk Family: Green Genes (2009)
Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide (2008)
Immortal Hulk (2018)
The Immortal Iron Fist (2007)
Incredible Hercules (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
Infinity (2013)
Infinity (2014)
Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian (2019)
Invincible Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2.0 (2011)
Iron Man/Die Rächer (2010)
L'Uomo Ragno (1987)
The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic (2009)
Marvel Boy: The Uranian (2010)
Marvel Calendar (2009)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Héroes (2010)
Marvel Icons (2011)
Marvel Icons Hors Série (2005)
Marvel Illustrated: The Man in the Iron Mask (2007)
Marvel Legends (2007)
Marvel Mix-Tape: SDCC 2010 (2010)
Marvel Previews (2003)
Marvel Previews (2015)
Marvel Saga (2009)
Marvel Spotlight: X-Men: Messiah Complex (2008)
Marvel Stars (2011)
Marvel Stars Hors Série (2011)
The Marvel Tarot (2007)
Marvel Top (2011)
Marvel Two-In-One (2007)
Marvel Universe (2013)
Marvel Vampires Poster Book (2010)
Marvel: Les Incontournables (2008)
Marvelman Family's Finest (2010)
The Merry X-Men Holiday Special (2019)
The Mighty Avengers (2007)
The Mighty World of Marvel (2009)
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2019)
Ms. Marvel (2006)
Mystic Arcana (2007)
Mystic Arcana: Black Knight (2007)
Mystic Arcana: Magik (2007)
Mystic Arcana: Scarlet Witch (2007)
Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm (2008)
New Avengers (2005)
New Avengers (2010)
New Avengers: Luke Cage (2010)
New Mutants (2009)
New Mutants by Abnett & Lanning: The Complete Collection (2018)
Nowhere Man (2012)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Mystic Arcana - The Book of Marvel Magic (2007)
Old Man Hawkeye (2018)
The Punisher (2018)
Season's Beatings (2019)
Secret Avengers (2010)
Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill - The Green of Eden (2009)
Secret Invasion Chronicles (2009)
The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising (2009)
Siege Prelude (2009)
Siege: Battlefield (2010)
Siege: Captain America (2010)
Siege: Loki (2010)
Siege: Secret Warriors (2010)
Siege: Spider-Man (2010)
Siege: Young Avengers (2010)
Spider-Man [GER] (2004)
Spider-Man [ITA] (2008)
Spider-Man [NL] (2007)
Spider-Man: One More Day (2008)
Spider-Man: The Osborn Identity (2010)
Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier (2010)
Sub-Mariner (2007)
Super-Villain Team-Up/MODOK's 11 (2007)
Superior Spider-Man (2019)
Target X-Men: First Class - New Beginnings (2007)
Thanos Rising (2013)
Thor (1966)
Thor (2007)
Thor (2018)
Thor [SPA] (2008)
Thor Giant-Size Finale (2010)
Thor God-Size Special (2009)
Thor: Ages of Thunder (2008)
Thor: Man of War (2009)
Thor: Reign of Blood (2008)
Thor: Search for Odin (2008)
Thunderbolts (1997)
Thunderbolts [GER] (2007)
Thunderbolts: Breaking Point (2008)
Thunderbolts: Desperate Measures (2007)
Thunderbolts: International Incident (2008)
Thunderbolts: Reason in Madness (2008)
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (2010)
Ultimate Fallout (2011)
Ultimate Fantastic Four (2004)
Ultimate Spider-Man (2009)
Uncanny X-Force (2010)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Uncanny X-Men (2019)
What If? Civil War (2008)
What If? House of M (2009)
What If? Secret Wars (2009)
What If? Spider-Man Back in Black (2009)
What If? World War Hulk (2010)
What If? X-Men Age of Apocalypse (2007)
Wizard (1991)
Wolverine (1989)
Wolverine (1997)
Wolverine (2003)
Wolverine (2010)
Wolverine (2011)
Wolverine and Deadpool (2004)
Wolverine: Origins (2006)
Wolverine: The Best There Is (2011)
Wolverine: Weapon X (2009)
Wolverine/X-Men Special Edition Magazine (2008)
World War Hulk: Gamma Files (2007)
X-23 (II) (2010)
X-Force (2019)
X-Men (2010)
X-Men [FRA] (1997)
X-Men [GER] (2001)
X-Men Extra (1997)
X-Men Hors Série (2011)
X-Men Legacy (2008)
X-Men: First Class (2006)
X-Men: First Class Magazine (2011)
X-Men: Hellbound (2010)
X-Men: Magneto Testament (2008)
X-O Manowar (2012)
Young Guns Sketchbook 2009 (2009)
Young Marvelman Classic (2011)

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