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    Michael Kaluta The Shadow #5 Unused Cover Illustration Original Art (DC, 1974). A noir masterpiece by the ever-so-talented Mike Kaluta! The only reason it was not used on this issue, according to Kaluta himself, was timing; the deadline to have a cover for a book. So, Frank Robbins, who provided the interior art for the issue was called upon to provide the cover that was used. This Kaluta art was ultimately printed in the Amazing World of DC Comics #1 in 1974 as a double-page center spread. More recently, this piece was used as the cover for Back Issue magazine #89 in 2016 (see our online image, but please note that a copy of the magazine does not accompany this lot). This moody piece shows the Shadow seemingly floating down the stairs to save the day! Rendered in ink with white paint highlights over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 15". There is a blue pencil line across the center, undoubtedly added when the work was published in Amazing World of DC Comics #1. Signed by Kaluta in the right side of the image area. Lightly toned and in Very Good condition.

    More Information: EDIT: A photo has been added online of the front cover of Back Issue #89 where this art was most recently used. A copy of this magazine is not included with the art.

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