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Jan Duursema (born October 27, 1954)[1] is an American comics artist known for her work on the Star Wars comics franchise. She is the creator of Denin and Vila from Naldar, the Twi'lek Jedi Aayla Secura and the Kiffar Jedi Quinlan Vos.

Jan Duursema
Duursema at the East Coast Comicon
Born (1954-10-27) October 27, 1954 (age 64)
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Arion, Lord of Atlantis
Star Wars
The Warlord
AwardsRuss Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, 1983
Spouse(s)Tom Mandrake
Official website


Jan Duursema's first published comics work appeared in Heavy Metal vol. 3 #3 (July 1979).[2] She drew several stories for DC Comics' Sgt. Rock title beginning in 1980.[2] With writer Paul Kupperberg, she co-created the Arion character in The Warlord #55 (March 1982)[3] and the Arion, Lord of Atlantis series was launched in November 1982. Duursema was one of the artists of Wonder Woman #300 (Feb. 1983).[4] She provided artwork to the Star Ace role-playing game from Pacesetter Ltd.[5] Her first work for Marvel Comics, as well as her first work on the Star Wars franchise, appeared in Star Wars #92 (Feb. 1985).[2] Back at DC, she was one of the contributors to the DC Challenge limited series in 1986[6] and drew the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons comic book series for three years.[2] She briefly worked with John Ostrander on the Hawkworld series in 1992[2] and again the following year when the title was cancelled and relaunched as Hawkman.[7]

Her association with Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars franchise began with Star Wars: Chewbacca #2 (Feb. 2000).[2] 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.[2][8] 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.[2] They launched the Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi series in 2012.

Duursema with her husband, fellow comics artist Tom Mandrake

Duursema was the basis for the character Ur-Sema Du.[9]


In 2011 Nike, Inc. commissioned Duursema and fellow comics artist Amanda Conner to create artwork for the Make Yourself: A Super Power advertising campaign.[10]


Duursema received the Russ Manning Outstanding Newcomer Award in 1983.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Duursema is married to fellow comic book artist Tom Mandrake, whom she met while both were students at The Kubert School. Their wedding was held on the school's grounds.[12] The couple have a son, Jack Moses Mandrake,[13] and a daughter, Sian Mandrake,[14] who is also a Kubert School-trained comics illustrator.[15]


Dark Horse ComicsEdit

  • Star Wars: Chewbacca #2 (2000)
  • Star Wars #16, 19–22, 32–35, 42-45 (2000–2002)
  • Star Wars Tales #3, 7, 11 (2000–2002)
  • Star Wars: Darth Maul, miniseries, #1–4 (2000)
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, miniseries, #1–4 (2002)
  • Star Wars: Republic #49–50, 54, 59, 63, 65–66, 68–77, 81–83 (2003–2006)
  • Star Wars: Jedi:
    • Aayla Secura (2003)
    • Count Dooku (2003)
    • Mace Windu (2003)
    • Shaak Ti (2003)
  • Star Wars: Legacy #0–3, 5–7, 11–12, 14–19, 23–26, 28–31, 34–35, 37–40, 43–50 (2006–2010)
  • Star Wars: Legacy: One for One (2010)
  • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi:
    • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0 (2012)
    • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—Force Storm #1-5 (2012)
    • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—The Prisoner of Bogan #1-5 (2012-2013)
    • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—Force War #1-5 (2013-2014)

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Other publishersEdit


  1. ^ "Jan Duursema". Lambiek Comiclopedia. October 27, 2015. Archived from the original on June 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Jan Duursema at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Wallace, Dan (2008), "Arion, Lord of Atlantis", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley, p. 24, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5
  4. ^ 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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Jan Duursema Roleplaying Game Credits". Pen & Paper. Archived from the original on February 25, 2005.
  6. ^ Greenberger, Robert (August 2017). "It Sounded Like a Good Idea at the Time: A Look at the DC Challenge!". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (98): 43.
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ "Episode II Adaptation & Free Comic". March 5, 2002. Archived from the original on April 2, 2005.
  9. ^ Cronin, Brian (April 17, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #151". 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.
  10. ^ Johnston, Rich (October 6, 2011). "Amanda Conner and Jan Duursema Create Female Superheroes For Nike". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  11. ^ "Russ Manning Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2014. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Duursema, Jan (January 5, 2017). "My son, Jack Mandrake, posted his first YouTube drawing video. Proud mom!". Twitter. Archived from the original on June 7, 2017.
  14. ^ Willis, Mark, ed. (2014). "Interview with Up and Coming Superstar....Sian Mandrake". The Independent Comic Book Review. Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2017.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  15. ^ "Faculty: Sian Mandrake". The Kubert School. n.d. Archived from the original on March 18, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2017.

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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