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A PRINCESS OF MARS
by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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M.A.P.L.E. Series: ART 3
COVERS: 1st Edition (top) and
RELATED LINE ART
From ERBzine ERB
Fantasy artist Michael Kaluta was born in Guatemala
to U.S. citizens on August 25, 1947. He studied at the Richmond Professional
Institute. Kaluta's early work included a three-page adventure story, "The
Battle of Shiraz", in Charlton Comics Flash Gordon #18 (Jan. 1970) and
an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Venus novels from 1972 to 1974
for DC Comics. 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 comic books of the Silver Age.
His much-admired work includes illustration of comics
and books as well as a talent in writing. He is well-known for his work
on the DC version of "Carson of Venus" from 1972 to 1974. Among other projects,
he has also lavishly illustrated this large-size edition of "A Princess
of Mars," published in 2014 by IDW (available at all popular booksellers
and online) and many more featured in ERBzine.
Michael Kaluta was one of the
four comic book artists/fine illustrator/painters (the others being Jeffrey
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. In addition to many comic book stories and covers, Kaluta has
done a wide variety of book illustrations.
Michael Kaluta's Carson of Venus:
Kaluta's Pellucidar in Weird Worlds
Kaluta art in the Outlaw of Torn Adaptation