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Art Spotlight: Kaluta's Angels

The Angels of "Heresy."  Art by Michael Kaluta/
The Angels of "Heresy." Art by Michael Kaluta/

This week's episodes on Elizabethan mathematician/wizard Dr. John Dee, Christian and I discuss the frightening, otherworldly nature of angels -- both in the Bible and in the strange world of angelic magic that so intrigued Dee and others.

Art history is full of angelic visitations, but we made special mention of legendary comic artist Michael Kaluta's angels from his work on the 90s collectable card game "Heresy: Kingdom Come." The game itself, which published in the wake of "Magic: The Gathering," entailed a vast cyberpunk war among AI's, humans and fallen angels.

Remeil, Angel of Mercy
Art by Michael Kaluta/

The combat took place in both the physical and digital realms -- and I remember it being quite a lot of fun to play. Even more memorable, however, was the game's visuals, which included notable artists such as Gerald Brom, Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Rick Berry and Darrel Anderson.

I love so many of the resulting images, and still use the cards as bookmarks, but Kaluta's wondrous, Biblically-alien angels really stole the show for me. Luckily, the man himself hosts a beautiful gallery of each and every divine entity.

"Heresy" was my first introduction to Kaluta's work (followed shortly thereafter by his work for Danzig), but a lot of you are probably familiar with Kaluta from his rich portfolio of comic book work, especially "The Shadow" and "Vampirella." His distinctive Mucha-esque style and pulp sensibilities sets his work apart from virtually everyone else in the industry.

About the Author: Robert Lamb is a senior writer and host at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind. An avid science enthusiast, he boasts a deep love for monsters and a hankering for electronic music.

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