Mike Kaluta's MADAME XANADU pentaptych

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  1. Brian says

    A “quintych”?

    A most gorgeous image. Poster, DC, please?



  2. Kurt Busiek says

    It’s a polyptych — specifically, a pentaptych. “Penta” rather than “quinti” because it uses Greek roots rather than Latin.


    And aside from what kind of ptych it is, it’s gorgeous. The interiors, too — I’ve only seen the first issue so far, but Kaluta’s art is better than ever.


  3. Synsidar says

    An art blogger has three Kaluta covers from the 1978 series DOORWAY TO NIGHTMARE, in which Madame Xanadu first appeared. The covers can be clicked on to see larger versions.


  4. says

    Nice to see Kaluta kicking ass. Bravo, Mike!

    Village Comics down on Sullivan St. in NYC had one of Mike’s B&W Statstruck posters hanging on the wall for a year or so– I’d go and admire it and planned to buy it eventually– when I went back to get it, somebody else got it first.

    Miss that place– it’s an Apt. Broker’s office now, bland and sterile like a dentist’s office.

  5. Torsten Adair says

    Mr. Busiek is correct, although he forgot to mention the fractional values, used to describe details of larger works. For example… those cute Raphaelic angels you see on coffee mugs and calendars? That is a deciptych. One measures the area of the detail against the area of the original work. While Base-10 notation is the most common system, any whole number can be used (such as the Base-9 system used to analyze Watchmen). Some have experimented with irrational numbers, reverse engineering comics which use square roots, pi, psi, and Euler’s number. (This was inspired by the use of logarithms, which is simply a different way of looking at exponentials.)

    Oh… cool looking covers. The recent Radioactive Man crossover was cool, too, actually told a story across three covers!

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