Knowledge Identifier: +Michael_Whelan
Born in 1950.
Countries: United States (50%), California (25%), Connecticut (13%)
Linked to: Art Center College of Design, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Penguin Group, Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
By his final year of high school, his family had moved again, to San Jose, California where he graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1968
In 1974 Whelan exhibited his work at the World Science Fiction Convention in Washington, D.C., where it was seen by Thomas Schlück, who first discovered his work and contracted to use it in European publications shortly afterwards
In 1975, he moved to Connecticut to be near the New York City hub of the publishing industry
Quick to take advantage of these opportunities, Whelan soon gained a reputation as a talented, imaginative, and dependable cover artist, working for science fiction and fantasy publishers such as DAW, Del Rey, and Ace. Whelan credits the 1978 publication of Anne McCaffrey's best-selling "The White Dragon" featuring his cover art as a turning point in his career
Stephen King - In 1982, the fantasy small-press Donald M. Grant printed these stories for the first time together in hardcover form with color and black-and-white illustrations by fantasy artist Michael Whelan, as The Gunslinger.
In 2015, "The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror", which feature Whelan's illustrations, was published by St. Martin's Press