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Michael William Kaluta

30 aprile 2009

Born August 25, 1947
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Pseudonym(s) Mike Kaluta

Michael William Kaluta, sometimes credited as Mike Kaluta or Michael Wm. Kaluta (born 25, 1947), is an American comic book artist.

Born in Guatemala to U.S. citizens, Kaluta studied at the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University).His early work included a Flash Go story for Charlton Comics and an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘s Venus novels for DC. Kaluta’s influences and style is drawn more from pulp illustrations of the 1930s – his signature motif is elaborate decorative panel designs – rather than the silver age comics of the 1960s. Kaluta has worked rarely with the superhero genre. Associated during that period with Bernie Wrightson and Jeff Jones he also contributed illustrations to Ted White‘s Fantastic. He is known for his work on the series Starstruck and The Shadow. He co-created Eve, the horror host turned The Sandman supporting character.

Because Kaluta’s art is so meticulous and time-consuming, his style is not well suited for ongoing comic book work, which generally requires twenty or more pages completed by an artist each month. As a result, when he does accept comic assignments, Kaluta prefers itto be limited series, one-shots, or simply cover illustrations.

He was one of the four comic book artists/fine illustrator/painters who formed the artists’ commune The Studio in a loft in Manhattan‘s Chelsea district from 1975 to 1979. His Studio colleagues were Barry Windsor-Smith, Jeff Jones, and Bernie Wrightson.

Aside from many comi books and covers he has done a wide variety of book illustrations. Among music fans, Kaluta is known as the artist for the cover of Glenn Danzig‘s instrumental album Black Aria and for the interior illustration of Danzig‘s fourth album, the latter of which appeared in 1994-95 as a pendant sold at Danzig concerts, and on Danzig T-shirts and sweaters produced in the same period. Kaluta has also done artwork for role-playing game companies such as White Wolf and Wizards of the Coast

His work has won him a good deal of recognition, including the Shazam Award for Outstanding New Talent in 1971 andthe 2003 Spectrum Grandmaster Award.

In the early 1990s, he was active in Compuserve’s Macintosh Gaming Forum, in the flight simulator enthusiast group which called itself VFA-13 Shadow Riders. He contributed a number of designs for airplane nose art and flight suit unit patches

Selected works

  • DC Comics
    • The Shadow #1-4,6 (reprinted in The Private Files of the Shadow)
    • “Pirates of Venus” (Carson of Venus first book) in Korak #46-53
    • “Lost on Venus” in Korak #54-56, Tarzan #230
    • “Spawn of Frankenstein” in Phantom Stranger #23-25
    • Madame Xanadu one-shot
  • Marvel Comics
    • Starstruck Graphic novel (reprint from Heavy metal)
    • Starstruck comic
    • Shadow: Hitler’s Astrologer graphic novel
  • Comico Comic
    • “The Adventures of Brucilla the Muscle, Galactic Girl Guide” (Starstruck related) in Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1,2
  • Dark Horse Comics
    • The Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #2 comic
    • Minidoka: 937th Earl of One Mile Series M book
    • Starstruck Expanded Universe comic
    • The Shadow and the Mysterious 3 comic
    • The Shadow: Hell’s Heat Wave comic
    • The Shadow: In the Coils of Leviathan comic
  • Vertigo (DC)
    • Books of Magic covers[1]
    • Vermillion covers
    • Lucifer #53 – #74 covers
  • America’s Best Comics
    • Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales #9 comic
  • Kitchen Sink
    • Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook
  • Vanguard
    • ECHOES: The Drawings of Michael Wm. Kaluta
  • NBM
    • WINGS OF TWILIGHT: Art of Michael Kaluta

External links


Gallery Kaluta from: Golden Age Comic Book Stories (13)


^ Irvine, Alex (2008), “The Books of Magic”, in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 38-41, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 21330901

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