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MICHAEL WM. KALUTA, continued

In 1989 DC reprinted the Shadow stories that had first brought Michael fame in a nice hardcover called The Private Files of The Shadow. Michael wrote and drew a new Shadow story for the book, and I was happy to letter it.

Shadow page

The Private Files of The Shadow ©Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

In the early 1990s Michael co-wrote and did the covers for two Shadow mini-series for Dark Horse Comics: In the Coils of Leviathan and Hell's Heat Wave, both with terrific period art by Gary Gianni. I lettered these as well.

Shadow Coils of Leviathan page

The Shadow: In the Coils of Leviathan ©Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

Michael hasn't drawn many comics pages in recent years, concentrating instead on covers and other work, but I did get to design the type for a short Tom Strong text feature in Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #9.

Tom Strong text feature page

©America's Best Comics, LLC

And, probably the most delightfully beautiful work I've seen by Michael in recent years was the framing story he did over layouts by Charles Vess for the Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall original hardcover book, perfectly capturing the Arabian Nights setting. I also did the type design for that.

Fables page by Kaluta

©DC Comics, Inc.

Though we only see each other occasionally at the San Diego ComicCon these days, working with Michael is always a joy.

Recent word from Michael is that Starstruck is coming back into print from publisher IDW, which is great news. I've recently done a new digital version of the Starstruck logo for it, and look forward to seeing the project reach a new audience.

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