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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Michael (Mike) Kalua (b.1947)

Michael was born on August 25, 1947 in Guatemala.

Kalua studied at the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University.)  

Kalua’s earliest  work included drawings such as: Flash Gordon story for Charlton Comics and an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Venus novels for DC.  The drawings/ illustrations of the1930‘s were a strong influence on Kaluta's work.  He is most known for motifs that are elaborate decorative panel designs - rather than the silver age comics of the 1960s.

Kalua was associated 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.  However, is style was too time consuming due to his meticulous.  This did not work well with ongoing, high volume comics.

Due to his punctilious style, Kaluta preferences are doing  cover illustrations.  With Barry Windsor-Smith, Jeff Jones, and Bernie Wrightson they formed artists' commune   Aside from many comic books and covers he has done a wide variety of book illustrations. The Studio in a loft was in Manhattan's Chelsea district from 1975 to 1979.

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 among music fans.  With game companies such as White Wolf and Wizards of the Coast, Kaluts has done artwork for role-playing games.

Selected Awards:
Shazam Award for Outstanding New Talent in 1971
Spectrum Grandmaster Award 2003

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