One of comics’ great horror/pulp artists turns 69.
Growing up in the ’70s, there were certain artists who inspired a particular kind of reverence. Not cult-like exactly but more like an “in the know” kind of thing.
Mike Kaluta was one of those artists. The older kids dug him and would nod in appreciation when talking about him, with head bobs and almost-whispered comments like “Aw, man, yeah, Kaluta…”
Michael William Kaluta — usually spelled Michael Wm Kaluta — was born Aug. 25, 1947, making him a year shy of 70. He’s been active for decades now, but if I’m picking 13 COVERS, they’re (mostly) coming from that time when those kids just called him “Kaluta…”
(And if you were one of those kids, feel free to add your own faves in the comments below or in whichever social-media thread you found this.)
All scans courtesy of the shadowy Grand Comics Database.