Personally signed by Michael Whelan. This is No. 91 of only 100
FIRESTARTER DUSTJACKET, SIGNED AND REMARQUED BY THE ARTIST, MICHAEL WHELAN.
Michael Whelan / Phantasia Press, March 2022. "Firestarter" Signed Limited Edition remarqued print. Remarqued with white paint and limited to only 100. Professionally wood framed and matted with museum quality UV protective non-glare glass.This is number 91 of only 100 produced in this edition. Includes original COA and bonus prints as shipped originally by the publisher. As New without any flaws.
Paper size: 21 1/4" x 9 1/4"
Michael Whelan's first cover art for Stephen King - used on the dust jacket of a rare limited edition of FIRESTARTER. Here is the main character Charlie experiencing her full power. This painting predates the movie version by 4 years and Michael used his niece Laina as his model, but many fans have commented on the girl's similarity to Drew Barrymore.
About this item
Michael Whelan illustrated the cover for the limited edition of Firestarter back in 1980 for Phantasia Press. It was his first work with Stephen King and led to his assignment on The Gunslinger a year later. The book was limited to 725 copies plus 26 lettered editions and remains one of the most sought after editions of King’s work.
This year Phantasia Press planned to release a limited number of vintage Firestarter dustjackets signed by Michael Whelan.
Being a constant reader himself, Michael knew this would be a great opportunity for fans—only Stephen King signed the book at publication—so he has also remarqued these original dustjackets.
The dustjackets are signed, numbered, and remarqued by Michael Whelan with a Certificate of Authenticity.
This special fine art remarqued print was produced in the following states:
1. Limited Edition dustjackets are remarqued in white paint and limited to 100 copies.
2. Founder’s Edition dustjackets are remarqued in yellow paint and limited to 10 copies.
3. Artist Edition dustjackets feature two remarques, one in white paint with a second in black ink.
This listing is for State 1, signed limited edition no. 91 of 100.
Firestarter is a novel by Stephen King originally published in 1980. It was serialized in Omni magazine prior to being published. The title character of Firestarter is Charlene "Charlie" McGee, a young girl with pyrokinesis - the ability to create fire with the power of her mind, along with other psychic powers.
From Wikipedia -
Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni. In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and Balrog Award. In 1984, it was adapted into a film.
The book is dedicated to author Shirley Jackson: "In Memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice."
ABOUT MICHAEL WHELAN
Michael Whelan (born June 29, 1950) is an American artist of imaginative realism. For more than 30 years, he worked as an illustrator, specializing in science fiction and fantasy cover art. Since the mid-1990s, he has pursued a fine art career, selling non-commissioned paintings through galleries in the United States and through his website.
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Whelan in June 2009, the first living artist so honored. According to his Hall of Fame citation.
Michael Whelan is one of the most important contemporary science fiction and fantasy artists, and certainly the most popular. His work was a dominant force in the transition of genre book covers away from the surrealism introduced in the 1950s and 1960s back to realism.
His paintings have appeared on the covers of more than 350 books and magazines, including many Stephen King novels, most of the Del Rey editions of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series, Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, the Del Rey edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series, Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince and Dragon Star series, the Del Rey editions of H. P. Lovecraft's short story collections, the DAW editions of Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné books, numerous DAW editions of C. J. Cherryh's work, many of Robert A. Heinlein's novels including Friday and The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, the Ace editions of H. Beam Piper's Fuzzy novels, and Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Otherland, and Shadowmarch series and Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive. Whelan provided covers and interior illustrations for Stephen King's The Gunslinger and The Dark Tower, the first and last of his Dark Tower books.
Cover art by Michael Whelan has graced many music record albums including Demolition Hammer's Epidemic of Violence, The Jacksons' Victory; Sepultura's Beneath the Remains, Arise, Chaos A.D. and Roots; Soulfly's Dark Ages; Obituary's Cause of Death; and every album by the Elric-influenced metal band Cirith Ungol. He painted original works for the covers of Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and The Very Best of Meat Loaf albums and several of his older paintings illustrate the liner notes of the former. Recently, he painted the cover art for thrash metal band Evile's album Infected Nations.
- Michael Whelan
- Signed Limited Edition No. 91 of 100
- Framed and matted
- Michael Whelan
- Signature Authenticity:
- Lifetime Guarantee of Signature Authenticity. Personally signed by Michael Whelan directly onto the print. The autograph is not a facsimile, stamp, or auto-pen.
This Michael Whelan Signed Firestarter Art Print is truly wonderful. It is the Firestarter book cover, remarqued and signed by Michael Whelan and both the remarqued drawing and Whelan's signature are beautifully done in white ink. It arrived, as always, very well packed so as to suffer no damage at all. I am delighted to have it hanging on my office wall. Emmanuel and his staff at Very Fine Books, in my opinion, continue to be the very finest book merchant "out there". Thanks again, Emmanuel.