Jukka Murtosaari was a Finnish comic book artist and illustrator, who has worked on comics in a variety of genres, from funny animal to adventure. Born in Helsinki, he studied commercial art and started making comics professionally in 1979. With writer Kari Vaijärven, he made the newspaper comic 'Jake' (1985-1988), of which two books were published in 1987 and 1988. He moved to the USA in 1989 to work on the Finnish feature length animated film 'Sindbad' for Franck Films. By 1990 he was hired by Disney as a cover artist for comic books like DuckTales, Roger Rabbit and Uncle Scrooge.
He eventually returned to Finland, where he drew for the 'Moomin' books for a while. He also made a lot of illustrations for sci-fi, fantasy and children's books, and collaborated with Kari Korhonen on the Disney-esque book 'Vauhtikaverit ja taistelu auringosta' by Jaano Lappo. In the 2000s, he contributed to the sci-fi magazines Pulp and Portti. Murtosaari has drawn for Swedish company's like Bonnier, Carlsen and Semic, and for Sanoma in the Netherlands. He spent his final years in Portugal, where he passed away in 2016 at the age of 53.