Miguel Calatayud: 70s Comic Book Illustration

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Los doce trabajos de Hercules – Illustrated by Miguel Calatayud c1973

Miguel Calatayud is a Spanish illustrator and is best known for his work in the world of comics.  I dug up a couple of his books, both of which were published in the 70s by Editorial Doncel as part of their Trinca collection. If your a fan of the early work by Push Pin Studios and the bold styling of Peter Max, I think you will really dig Miguel.

I have a couple extra copies of each book. If you like what you see you can pick up a copy of either Los doce trabajos de Hercules or Peter Petrake in the grain edit shop.

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Peter Petrake c1970

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For more info check Lambiek, So Much Pileup, The World Of Kane, La Biblioteca de Thule

Pick up a copy of either Los doce trabajos de Hercules or Peter Petrake in the grain edit shop.

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Both books were out of print and almost impossible to find, but have been recently reprinted (probably because Calatayud got the national illustration prize last year). “Peter Petrake” has been reprinted by “El patito editorial” and “Los 12 trabajos de Hércules” by “De Ponent”.

Thanks for the heads up Sfer! Do you know if Miguel produced any other books for Trinca?

Not that I’m aware of.
I work in a public library with quite a good stock of old comic books and graphic novels, and those two are the only ones we have catalogued… A quick google search hasn’t returned any further results.

rad. totally rad.

wow. so great! i want to live in those illustrations.

omg this is so charming! i love it, will check out the shop now

really cool!!!!!!!!

I absolutely love Peter Max and this reminds me a lot of his style. Great throw back to a time when Illustrations where all hand done completely untouched in the digital world.

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Did he make Yellow Submarine (film)?

Amazing colours, so lively!. If you like this, read this manga: http://bit.ly/dmxQzt.

Yellow Submarine Ilustrator would be George Dunning, I agree that is a very similar style

the second image is amazing

Great post Dave. you’re lucky, I’ve yet to track down the actual books, despite friends in Spain.

Oh, and ‘Yellow Submarine’ was directed by George Dunning, but it was designed by Heinz Edelmann.

Gorgeous Gorgeous art…!

Derivative of Push Pin/Heinz Edelman but also very inventive…and the coloring….! Thanks for this post!

I think Miguel Calatayud did the album art for the Who’s “A Quick One”…

I love the second image also, very impressive

“I think Miguel Calatayud did the album art for the Who’s “A Quick One”…”

No, that was Alan Aldridge, a very similar style, very popular in early 70s United Kingdom.

See also ‘Crystal Tips & Alistair’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FH4qZqO0Tw

and ‘Mr Benn’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMSJNrzQ3PM

Wow, I really love these!

Very recently is been published here in Spain a new edition of PETER PETRAKE book.
This new book include the original history was in the old 70´s edition and 15 pages for an unpublished new Petrake adventure Miguel never finished.
The magazine TRINCA was closed an all the series was cancelled.
This is the publisher of the new edition:
http://www.elpatitoeditorial.com/
Also the HERCULES book has a new edition.
Yo can find information here:
http://www.edicionsdeponent.com/cgi-bin/obra.asp?id=143
Best!!

Great artwork. He does have some PETER MAX inspiration from his POSTER books in the early seventies.

I grew up reading Peter Petrake. My copy is pretty damaged so thanks for the new publisher’s link. Hola Javier!

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