Art Spotlight: Kaluta's Angels

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 spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.