August 25, 1947 |
|Notable works||The Shadow|
Michael William Kaluta, sometimes credited as Mike Kaluta or Michael Wm. Kaluta (born August 25, 1947), is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his acclaimed 1970s adaptation of the pulp magazine hero, The Shadow with writer Dennis O'Neil.
Early life 
Kaluta's early work included a 3-page adventure story, "The Battle of Shiraz", in Charlton Comics Flash Gordon, issue #6 and an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Venus novels for DC. Kaluta's influences and style are drawn from pulp illustrations of the 1930s and the turn of the century poster work of Alphonse Mucha - 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 the 1970s with Bernie Wrightson and Jeffrey Jones he also contributed illustrations to Ted White's Fantastic and Amazing. He is known for his work on the series Starstruck and The Shadow. He co-created Eve, a horror comics "host" character turned into a supporting character in The Sandman.
Kaluta was one of the four comic book artists/fine illustrator/painters (the others being Jeff Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson) who formed the artists' commune The Studio in a loft in Manhattan's Chelsea district from 1975 to 1979. Aside from many comic books and covers Kaluta has done a wide variety of book illustrations.
In 1984 he not only drew the illustrations for but directed the music video of The Alan Parsons Project song "Don't Answer Me", which became one of the most requested videos of the year on cable video channel MTV in the United States.
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 and 1995 as a pendant sold at Danzig concerts, and on Danzig T-shirts and sweaters produced in the same period. Kaluta also created the CD covers and interior booklet illustrations for Nativity in Black I and II, tribute albums to the music of Black Sabbath.
Kaluta has also worked for role-playing game companies such as White Wolf Publishing. He has done artwork for collectible card games companies, including a comic book for Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering and illustrating cards on Last Unicorn Games' Heresy: Kingdom Come.
His work has won him a good deal of recognition, including the Shazam Award for Outstanding New Talent in 1971 and the 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.
Comics work (interior pencil art, except where noted) includes:
Dark Horse 
- Conan #22 (2005)
- Starstruck #1-4 (miniseries) (1990)
- Shadow (interiors): #1-2; (covers): Shadow: In the Coils of Leviathan #1-4 (1993–94)
- Action Comics (cover) #613 (1988)
- Adventure Comics (cover) #425 (1972)
- Aquaman, vol. 3 (covers) #63-75 (2000–01)
- Aquaman, vol. 4 (covers) #51 (2007)
- Batman (covers) #242, 248, 253 (1972–73); Annual #12, 24 (1988–2000)
- Batman Chronicles (cover) #6 (1996)
- Batman Family (covers) #17, 19 (1978)
- Batman: Gotham Knights (Batman Black and White) #32 (2002)
- Books of Magic (covers) #22, 27-40, 42-65, 67-75 (1996–2000)
- Brave and the Bold (cover) #176 (1981)
- Brave and the Bold, vol. 2 (cover) #26 (2009)
- Detective Comics (covers) #423-424, 426-429, 431, 434, 438 (1972–74); #572 (1987)
- Doorway to Nightmare (covers) #2-5 (1978)
- Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion (covers) #7-8, 13 (1972–73)
- Ghosts (covers) #7, 93, 101 (1972–81)
- House of Mystery (interiors): #195, 200; (covers): #201-202, 210, 212, 233, 260-261, 263, 265, 267-268, 273, 276, 284, 287-288, 293-295, 300, 302, 304-305, 309-321 (1971–83)
- House of Secrets (interiors): #87, 98; (covers): #101-102, 149, 151, 154 (1970–78)
- Just Imagine Stan Lee with Joe Kubert creating Batman (4-pages only) (2001)
- Justice League of America (cover) #154 (1978)
- Korak, son of Tarzan #46-53 (Carson of Venus series) (1972–74)
- Madame Xanadu (cover) #1 (1981)
- Madame Xanadu, vol. 2 #11-15 (2008–09)
- Phantom Stranger, vol. 2 (Spawn of Frankenstein) #23-25; (cover) #26 (1973)
- Secrets of Haunted House (covers) #8, 10-11, 14, 16, 29 (1977–80)
- Shadow (interiors): #1-4, 6; (covers): #10-12 (1973–75)
- Spectre, vol. 3 (covers) #1-3, 10, 44 (1992–96)
- Spirit, vol. 2, #5 (2010)
- Superman (Fabulous World of Krypton) #240 (1972); (Superman) #400 (6-pages among other artists, 1984)
- Tarzan #230 (Carson of Venus series) (1974)
- Weird Mystery Tales #24 (1975)
- Weird Worlds (interiors): #4; (covers): #5-6, 10 (1972–74)
- Wonder Woman (cover) #297 (1982)
- Chaos War: Chaos King (2010)
- Conan the Barbarian (cover) #167 (1985)
- Conan the King, then King Conan (covers) #20-27, 31 (1984–85)
- Fearsome Four, miniseries, #1- (among other artists) (2011)
- Epic Illustrated #17, 21, 24, 25-26, 28 (1983–85)
- The Shadow 1941: Hitler's Astrologer, graphic novel (1991)
- Thor, vol. 2 #57 (2-pages only, among other artists) (2003)
Other publishers 
- Conan #22 (along with Cary Nord) (2005) (Dark Horse)
- Memorial #1-6 (covers) (2011-12) (IDW Publishing)
- Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1-2 (1988) (Comico)
- Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #9 (America's Best Comics)
Books and compilations 
- Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook (Kitchen Sink)
- ECHOES: The Drawings of Michael Wm. Kaluta (Vanguard)
- Wings of Twilight: Art of Michael Kaluta (NBM)
- George Khoury and Eric Nolen-Weathington. Modern Masters Volume Six: Arthur Adams, 2006, TwoMorrows Publishing.
- Cooke, Jon B. "The Art of Arthur Adams", Reprinted from Comic Book Artist #17, November 15, 2001
- McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Writer Denny O'Neil and artist Mike Kaluta presented their atmospheric interpretation of writer Walter B. Gibson's pulp-fiction mystery man of the 1930s"
- "Heresy Cards by Artist". The Sendai Bubble. Archived from the original on 2003-12-10. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
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