Jan Duursema

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Jan Duursema
Duursema on the Women In Comics panel
at the 1982 San Diego Comic Con.
Born (1954-10-27) October 27, 1954 (age 61)
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Arion, Lord of Atlantis
Star Wars
The Warlord
Awards Eisner Award,
Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, 1983
Spouse(s) Tom Mandrake

Jan Duursema (born October 27, 1954) is an American comic book artist known for her work on the Star Wars comics franchise. She was the creator of Denin and Vila from Naldar, the Twi'lek Jedi Aayla Secura and the Kiffar Jedi Quinlan Vos.


Jan Duursema's first published comics work appeared in Heavy Metal vol. 3 #3 (July 1979).[1] She drew several stories for DC Comics' Sgt. Rock title beginning in 1980.[1] With writer Paul Kupperberg, she co-created the Arion character in The Warlord #55 (March 1982)[2] and the Arion, Lord of Atlantis series was launched in November 1982. Duursema was one of the artists to contribute to Wonder Woman #300 (Feb. 1983).[3] She contributed artwork to the Star Ace role-playing game from Pacesetter Ltd.[4] Her first work for Marvel Comics, as well as her first work on the Star Wars franchise, appeared in Star Wars #92 (Feb. 1985).[1] Back at DC, she drew the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons comic book series for three years.[1] She briefly worked with John Ostrander on the Hawkworld series in 1992[1] and again the following year when the title was cancelled and relaunched as Hawkman.[5]

Her association with Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars franchise began with Star Wars: Chewbacca #2 (Feb. 2000).[1] She has since drawn several Star Wars series for Dark Horse including the Star Wars: Darth Maul mini-series in 2000 and the comics adaptation of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in 2002.[1][6] Duursema and Ostrander collaborated on the Star Wars: Legacy series which was introduced with a #0 issue and ran for 50 issues from June 2006 to August 2010.[1] They launched the Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi series in 2012.

Duursema was the basis for the character Ur-Sema Du.[7]


Nike, Inc. commissioned Duursema and fellow comics artist Amanda Conner to design the Make Yourself: A Super Power advertising campaign in 2011.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Duursema is married to fellow comic book artist Tom Mandrake whom she met while both were students at The Kubert School.[9] The couple have a son, Jack Moses Mandrake (born October 4, 1995), and a daughter, Sian Mandrake.


Dark Horse Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

  • Elric: The Vanishing Tower, miniseries, #1-6 (First, 1987–1988)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Jan Duursema at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Wallace, Dan (2008), "Arion, Lord of Atlantis", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley, p. 24, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5 
  3. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The Amazing Amazon was joined by a host of DC's greatest heroes to celebrate her 300th issue in a seventy-two-page blockbuster...Written by Roy and Dann Thomas, and penciled by Gene Colan, Ross Andru, Jan Duursema, Dick Giordano, Keith Pollard, Keith Giffen, and Rich Buckler. 
  4. ^ "Jan Duursema Roleplaying Game Credits". Pen & Paper. Archived from the original on February 25, 2005. 
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 260: "Chicago had a guardian angel with armored wings in Hawkman's latest adventures by writer John Ostrander and artist Jan Duursema."
  6. ^ "Episode II Adaptation & Free Comic". Starwars.com. March 5, 2002. Archived from the original on April 2, 2005. 
  7. ^ Cronin, Brian (April 17, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #151". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012. [Joe] Corroney, on his website, introduced a new Jedi Knight, Ur-Sema Du, as a tribute to Duursema. 
  8. ^ Johnston, Rich (October 6, 2011). "Amanda Conner and Jan Duursema Create Female Superheroes For Nike". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ Contino, Jennifer (2001). "Creepy Concepts". Sequential Tart. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012. Jan and I met at the Kubert School, in fact Joe [Kubert] let us get married in the back yard. That would be the back yard of the Baker mansion, the original location of the school. 

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Preceded by
Art Thibert
The Warlord artist
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Graham Nolan
Hawkworld artist
Succeeded by
Timothy Truman
Preceded by
Dale Keown
The Incredible Hulk artist
Succeeded by
Gary Frank
Preceded by
Hawkman vol. 3 artist
Succeeded by
Steve Lieber