Value of Original Michael Kaluta Art

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Bronze Age DC Comics artist Kaluta is best known for his painted renditions of The Shadow, and for work on DC's horror and suspense series.

Facts About Original Michael Kaluta Comic Art

Record Sale for Artwork:
$30,000 The Shadow Knows... Painting 

Official Website:
http://www.kaluta.com

Key Comic Book Issues:

  • The Shadow #1
  • Conan the Barbarian #167
  • The Brave and the Bold #176
  • Wonder Woman #300
Michael Kaluta

How Much is Michael Kaluta Artwork Worth?

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Prices For Michael Kaluta Art

Most major work sells for low five figures. Some exceptional sales are over $20K, with interior pages changing hands for four figures on average.

The Shadow Knows... Painting sold for $30,000
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Batman Annual #12 Cover Art sold for $11,400
Michael Kaluta

Conan the King #21 Cover Art sold for $18,000
Michael Kaluta

Doorway to Nightmare #1 Cover Art sold for $20,315
Michael Kaluta

Doorway to Nightmare #4 Cover Art sold for $16,730
Michael Kaluta

The House of Mystery #265 Cover Art sold for $9,600
Michael Kaluta art

The House of Mystery #319 Cover Art sold for $9,600
Michael Kaluta

The Savage Sword of Conan #91 Cover Art sold for $27,500
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Secrets of Haunted House #14 sold for $10,625
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Secrets of Sinister House #7 Cover Art sold for $6,600
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Spa Fon #25 Illustration sold for $5,260
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Stealer of Souls Painting sold for $17,925
Michael Kaluta

Strange Adventures #24 Cover Art sold for $10,200
Michael Kaluta art

The Shadow #1 Film Adaptation Poster sold for $7,800
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The Shadow #2 Page 19 sold for $8,365
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The Shadow #3 Page 4 sold for $13,200
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The Shadow #3 Page 11 sold for $5,855
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The Shadow #5 Unused Cover Art sold for $24,000
Michael Kaluta art

The Shadow #6 Page 2 sold for $6,570
Michael Kaluta

The Shadow 'Cranston and Lane' Painting sold for $19,840
Michael Kaluta

The Shadow: In the Coils of the Leviathan #2 Painting sold for $4,800
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The Shadow: In the Coils of the Leviathan #4 Painting sold for $8,320
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Time Warp #4 Cover Art sold for $6,600
Michael Kaluta art

Time Warp Unpublished Cover Art sold for $9,600
Michael Kaluta art

Weird War Tales #2 Cover Art sold for $6,600
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History of Michael Kaluta in Comic Book Art

Michael Kaluta's first published work was in 1970, a three-page adventure story entitled, The Battle of Shiraz which was featured in issue #18 of Flash Gordon for Charlton Comics. Kaluta's first published cover art, House of Mystery #200 was in 1972 for DC Comics. He also worked on the series Secrets of Sinister House, co-creating the character Eve with issue #6.

In 1973, Kaluta and writer Dennis O'Neil created a comic book adaptation of The Shadow and Kaluta drew five of the first six issues. 

In 1975, Kaluta along with three other comic book artists, Jeffrey Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith and Bernie Wrightson formed their own artist's commune called The Studio, renting out a loft in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. The four produced a great deal of content there and The Studio ran up until 1979. 

In 1981, Kaluta drew the cover art for DC's one-shot Madame Xanadu, which was the company's second direct sales only comic. He has also drawn for numerous other popular DC titles such as Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Aquaman, Batman, Batman Family, The Brave and the Bold, Detective Comics, Justice League of America, Mystery in Space, Spectre, The Spirit, Superman, Wonder Woman and more.

Kaluta has drawn briefly for Marvel Comics as well on titles like Thor and Conan the Barbarian.

In 1971, Kaluta won a Shazam Award for Outstanding New Talent and in 1977 he won an Inkpot Award. He also won a Spectrum Award in 2003 for Grand Master. 


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