Friday, March 2, 2012

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Sci-Fi Kaluta Style

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Mighty Mike Kaluta was best known for illustrating DC's The Shadow and his mystery/horror work during the Groovy Age. Post Groovy Age, he hit it big as co-creator (with Elaine Lee) of Starstruck, a retro-sci-fi romp for the stage and the comicbook page. Groovy Age fans knew Kaluta had a sci-fi streak in him, as the following covers will diligently demonstrate. Dig 'em!



14 comments:

  1. Please forgive the criticism, but these images would be far more enjoyable if they were larger and not so overly-compressed.

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    1. Snagged 'em from the Comic Book Database. The quality varies, but it's a reliable source for covers.

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  2. You could have just as easily posted all five covers of Time Warp - every single one is a masterpiece. (That was a great series by the way, and it would have been even better if Kaluta had done some of the interior art as well.)
    Thanks for posting some of those earlier, more obscure (to me, anyway) covers from Strange Adventures. Great stuff all around.

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    1. I actually toyed with using all the Timewarp covers, Edo, but chose for a bit of variety. Gives me an excuse to revisit TW and Kaluta later on. ;D

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  3. I loved the logo on Time Warp.
    Can't believe they've never used it(I think)again.

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    1. It was unique, and I think you're right--forgotten!

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  4. Kaluta is one of the Groovy Age Gods.

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  5. For those who never saw Starstruck (or even those who did), Mr. Kaluta and I are gradually posting all the recently published pages at starstruckcomics.com, along with lots of other Starstruck material. Take a look. There's more coming in the future!

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  6. Thank you for the head's up, Ms. Lee! 'Tis an honor to have the co-creator of Starstruck to stop by. I'll add the Starstruck link to my links section post-haste!

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  7. Dear Mr Groove
    I've got a question about a future post,posted here on a post from the past.
    I see on another blog (Mr Bloke's great "Grantbridge Street...")that you are sharing a story with us Groove-ophiles called "Murder most foul".
    But (and maybe this is because of my crappy computer)when I click,
    "Blogger" says "Page not found".
    /Mr Anonymous
    p.s. I'm sitting here like the wolf from a Tex Avery-cartoon;
    jaw on table,tung rolling...
    I wanna see,I wanna see!

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  8. The problem isn't with your computer, Groove-ophile, 'tis with Blogger, just a glitch. Or is it? Is it a glitch...or a glimpse of the future? Which is my wonky way of saying that post is coming up on March 12, one week from tomorrow.

    I gotta Youtube some Avery cartoons, now! ;D

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  9. Oh,thank you (sigh of relief),Mr Groove.
    Then I've seen the future and it will be!
    Later.
    /Mr Anonymous

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  10. ...spelling error:"TOUNGE rolling"...
    /Mr Anonymous...maybe left school too early

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