Zdenko Svircic is a Croatian cartoonist and academic artist, who was born in Split. He started out painting and drawing, but he took on sculpting at age 14. He had to drop this activity during World War II, and after the War he graduated from the Academy of Plastic Arts in Zagreb. He began his comics career at the publishing house Vjesnik. His first work was in cooperation with the text writer Marcel Cukli. He specialized in realistic comics, and among his production are such titles as 'Gusari na Atlantiku' ('The Pirates of the Atlantic') and 'U Ledenoj Pustinji' ('In the Ice Desert'). Svircic left the comics field in 1967 because of his low income and the general poor situation of comics in Yugoslavia. He then began a career as an illustrator.