Former Marvel Artist Marko Djurdjevic Has Very Unkind Words For Marvel And Writer J. Michael Straczynski

Former Marvel Artist Marko Djurdjevic Has Very Unkind Words For Marvel And Writer J. Michael Straczynski

Covering the Fan Expo Canada in Toronto MTV recently reported the latest from a panel focusing on the Fantastic Four. Surprisingly, Artist Mark Djurdjevic who designed the Future Foundation costumes had some very harsh words for the House of Ideas and one writer in particular.UPDATE:JMS responds!

Marko Djurdjevic worked with J. Michael Straczynski on a run of Thor comics a few years back. Apparently Djurdjevic is less than pleased with that experience and even less enthused about his experience working with J. Michael Straczynski. Here's what he had to say at FanExpo Canada:

Hickman then asked a question of his own, specifically what Djurdjevic is working on now that he’s not continuing with Marvel. Turns out, the artist is working on video games, and art direction; rather than comics – which he’s very happy about. Djurdjevic is also trying to get Matt Fraction to write a game, he said.

Epting then asked whether he regretted not doing more interiors for Marvel, to which Djurdjevic said, “They never put me on a book with a writer that I wanted. They always gave me Straczynski, and that guy writes like toilet paper.”

Continuing on, asked how Straczynski writes scripts, Djurdjevic said, “It’s full of him.” Djurdjevic then told a story about getting fed up on a Thor arc, which was so ridiculous he, “just gave up.”

Following up on Djurdjevic statement that he never got to work with people he wanted, the artist said he would have liked to work with Ed Brubaker, and Matt Fraction (who he mostly knew from conventions). “But Straczynski was a dick from the start. Hey, they can’t fire me anymore,” quipped Djurdjevic to laughter from the audience.

Ouch! Seems like Djurdjevic really dislikes Straczynski. Probably because he has a last name just as weirdly spelled and pronounced as his. Seriously, though, this move doesn't seem too smart on Djurdjevic's part. JMS is a vet in the film, tv and comic book world who probably has some pull. How many of you guys out there are Straczynski fans?

UPDATE: Well, JMS fans. The man himself has decided to respond to Djurdjevic's derogatory attack. Here's what he had to say on his Facebook page:

Several folks have emailed to ask what I thought of Marko Djurdjevic's reported breakdown or tirade (depending on who's doing the asking) in which he savaged Marvel and said in passing that I "write like toilet paper."

I was at first concerned by this because I was pretty sure toilet that while one can write ON toilet paper, toilet paper itself doesn't actually write because it can't hold a pen, dictate or use a keyboard. Then I thought, maybe I missed something. I could be wrong. So I contacted the TPADL (Toilet Paper Anti-Defamation League) to get their response, which follows.

"We at the TPADL are tired of these sorts of baseless and discriminatory comments. We cannot and do not write, it is an ignorant and foolish comment. We are often written upon, but that is not the same thing and we should not be held responsible for that content. We had this same problem with the collected works of Jacqueline Susan and Harold Robbins. We didn't do it, we were simply the messengers for their shit. What Mr. Djurdjevic clearly meant to say, and would've said if he were sober, is that Straczynski writes like shit, a sentiment that all sentient life forms would agree with."

I thanked them for this clarification and for me the matter ends there, except to wish Mr. Djurdjevic the best. I think it's about time somebody in the comics business gave Charlie Sheen a run for his money, and I have absolute faith that Mr. Djurdjevic is just the man to do it. I stand beside him in solidarity, with confidence and with a roll of toilet paper poised and ready for his next missive. Go get 'em, Marko!


Thor variant #601 by Djurdjevic

Marko Djurdjević (born January 23, 1979) is a German illustrator and concept artist of Serbian descent, best known for his character designs. He formerly worked for Marvel Comics, and has produced a large body of cover art, as well as promotional designs, character concepts, and interior artwork.

Joseph Michael Straczynski (pronounced stra-ZIN-ski, born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction television series Babylon 5, and its spin-off Crusade, and of Jeremiah. Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes, notably including an unbroken 59-episode run through the third and fourth seasons, and all but one episode of the fifth season. He also wrote the four Babylon 5 TV movies produced alongside the series. From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long-running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man.

In 2009, Straczynski was nominated for the BAFTA Award for his screenplay for Changeling.

Along with John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna he was the 2002 Eisner Award winner for Best Serialized Story for his work on the Amazing Spider-Man comic, Coming Home. In 2004, he was voted Favorite Comics Writer by UK readers and received that year's Eagle Award. He was also among the recipients of the 1994 Inkpot Award. In 2008, as screenwriter, he was among the recipients of the Christopher Award issued to the movie Changeling.


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JoshWilding - 8/27/2011, 3:52 PM
Loved JMS on Amazing Spider-Man up until "The Book of Ezekiel". Things started going downhill after that. His Superman and Wonder Woman work for DC were also awful, but Thor was excellent. Overall, I like him a hell of a lot.

As for Djurdjevic, I've read the full report and he comes across as a complete asshole who hijacked the whole panel for his own means. However, Jonathan Hickman claims that the whole thing was taken out of context! I dunno...either way, his covers were awesome, but his interior artwork SUCKED in my opinion.
DoomXfactor - 8/27/2011, 4:08 PM
Balls! He was my favorite cover artist...I guess we'll never hear from him again
ROMACK - 8/27/2011, 4:17 PM
Oh well. Lots of good artists out there.
patriautism - 8/27/2011, 4:23 PM
They should be fighting about who's last name is harder to pronounce.. Djurdjevic or Straczynski..
marvel72 - 8/27/2011, 4:25 PM
jms run on thor was the best since walter simonson,don't get me wrong there was some good storylines since than i.e thor vs celestials & seth the serpent god spring to mind.
Rulk - 8/27/2011, 4:28 PM
Man I loved his Red Hulk variant covers. They were beautiful
HannibalKing - 8/27/2011, 4:29 PM
Each have their own fan-base so if they can independantly pull in a crowd to a certain comic, I don't see a problem.
Just perhaps don't pair them up in future projects.
RacerREX - 8/27/2011, 4:32 PM
Not trying to be a dick, Mark,... but if your going to work in print media, your going to have to learn the difference between "to", and "too". Or proofread better ;). Otherwise, keep up the good work.
MarkJulian - 8/27/2011, 4:35 PM
@RacerREX I looked and I cant find what you're referring to.
RacerREX - 8/27/2011, 4:37 PM
It's gone now,... unless I just imagined it?
MarkJulian - 8/27/2011, 4:39 PM
I think you did. Oh well. I'm sure I'll mess up on something in the future lol.
Dumegg - 8/27/2011, 4:39 PM
WOW!!! i'm a fan of both. i loved their thor arc.
i was hoping they would team up again. JMS run on
thor was BAD ASS, my favorite since Walt Simonson.
i'm suprised Marko talked shit openly, he should
have kept that to himself.
HelaGood - 8/27/2011, 4:41 PM
i think the part RacerREX was talking about was this:

"Seriously, though, this move doesn't seem to smart on Djurdjevic's part."

should read:

"Seriously, though, this move doesn't seem too smart on Djurdjevic's part."
DoomXfactor - 8/27/2011, 4:44 PM
JMS response:
MarkJulian - 8/27/2011, 4:48 PM
@HelaGood Ahh you're right!
avenger1 - 8/27/2011, 4:50 PM
"this move doesn't seem to smart on Djurdjevic's part"...thats what he is talking about...should be too,not to
BigK1337 - 8/27/2011, 4:51 PM
Oooh, something tells me it is best to not get involved with this feud.
SageMode - 8/27/2011, 4:56 PM
Djurdjevic would've rather have worked with Fraction? Fraction's writing sucks monkey nads. He makes Thor talk like a freakin bar room brawler. Fail to Djurdjevic. Much Fail
warlock - 8/27/2011, 5:02 PM
Dumegg - 8/27/2011, 5:06 PM
olivier coipel's work with JMS was better anyway.
have fun drawing concept's for video games Djurdjevic.
you d-bag.
DoomXfactor - 8/27/2011, 5:07 PM
0SageMode0- I agree Fraction does suck balls
AskaniSon - 8/27/2011, 5:09 PM
LMFAO@ JMS' response. That shit was hilarious.
Dumegg - 8/27/2011, 5:10 PM
@ mreko- you didn't like jms on thor?
TayDee - 8/27/2011, 5:11 PM
in that thor pic, why are those headphones not in his ear?
JM4Superman - 8/27/2011, 5:16 PM
JMS work on Superman was good especially in Earth One
darkknightlegend - 8/27/2011, 5:18 PM
Followed the whole thing on twitter last night :P Mark Waid didnt have too many kind words either haha! But yeah Jonathan Hickman kept the panel light hearted and fun. Its not as serious as everyone is making it out to be.
TheStranger - 8/27/2011, 5:28 PM
haha ZING!
SageMode - 8/27/2011, 5:38 PM
LOL@ JMS's response. Classic. It reminds me of how Jon Stewart makes Bill O'Reilly look like a numskull.
Dumegg - 8/27/2011, 5:43 PM
@ mreko- yeah, i really wish he had stayed on Thor
longer, I though his thor was outstanding.
i haven't read his superman and batman run yet.
what a bummer, i thought he would have kicked ass with
superman and batman. i'll get around to Sups and Bats
anyway, but i was hoping to hear it was as good as
EastcoastAvenger - 8/27/2011, 5:53 PM
Straczynski for the win!
ScottScottScott - 8/27/2011, 6:02 PM
I'm not a fan of JMS's Superman Grounded run, however reading all 14 issues of Wonder Woman Odyssey I will say I do like that arc. It's one of those stories that's better all at once than in pieces. (Batman R.I.P. is another story with the same traits.)

I also liked Superman Earth One, His Thor run was amazing Spider-man was hit and miss.
Denn1s - 8/27/2011, 6:36 PM
hilarious response by jms but childish as hell....i like both. marko is an awesome artist and jms has produced some pretty good runs but he is not a god....
revloveR - 8/27/2011, 6:41 PM
Straczynski pawned'em.
marvel72 - 8/27/2011, 6:58 PM
i think some of you guys should read his thor run or the classic silver surfer requiem,one of the best writers in comics.
JayJayCAW - 8/27/2011, 7:01 PM
Normally I dont really pay that much attention to who's writhing or drawing my comics, but from the few that I do know of, JMS is among my favorites and while I cant actually pin point which of his regular comics I enjoy I can say that I enjoyed Superman: Earth One very much :)

Had a few issues here and there but in no way would say his writing was shit or "like toilet paper" lol

Zombie137 - 8/27/2011, 7:06 PM
Sad to hear Marko is not drawing for MARVEL anymore, he was one of the best artists. And JMS is a pretty off and on writer, sucks Marko wont even be doing comics anymore. Im sure is DC stuff would have been amazing.
RockNRollCC - 8/27/2011, 7:19 PM
Djurdjevic sounds like an outright douchebag. I mean granted, JMS kinda was acting like a grown manchild when Marvel wanted Thor in any special events, and he said no, and they put him in them anyway, which is why JMS left Thor. But he's never seemed like a dick.

Djurdjevic's way out of line.
murf - 8/27/2011, 7:35 PM
Jms served him right there
ScionStorm - 8/27/2011, 8:12 PM
LMFAO. JMS response is perfect.
Mechagino - 8/27/2011, 8:19 PM
JMS is awesome.

No, I haven't read either his run on Superman or Earth one but Earth One is suppose to be awesome.

Keep in mind people, if it weren't for JMS Thor wouldn't be as big as he is now and he wouldn't of gotten his own movie.
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