Category Archives: Creating Comics

GASPAR SALADINO in HERO, HAUNT & HOWARD THE DUCK

All images © Marvel. From HERO FOR HIRE #8, April 1973

Here are three H titles with a small amount of Gaspar Saladino lettering, combined to make the right size article. HERO FOR HIRE ran 16 issues in 1972-73 before being renamed POWER MAN. Gaspar lettered this one cover and several page 1 only assignments. One clue this lettering is not by Danny Crespi, who also did a lot of cover lettering at the time, is the thin outlines around the open letters, Danny usually did them thicker.

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GASPAR SALADINO in GODZILLA

All images © Marvel, from GODZILLA #21, April 1979

Marvel licensed and created this comics series in 1977 to 1979, and it ran 24 issues. Gaspar Saladino lettered two covers (if I have that right) and a number of first story pages. I’ll look at the covers first. The one above has lettering that might be either by Saladino or by Marvel staffer Danny Crespi, but the style of THE in the last line points toward Saladino.

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GASPAR SALADINO in GIANT-SIZE…

All images © Marvel. From GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #3, Feb 1975

In 1974 and 1975, Marvel flooded the market with these annual-sized comics under many titles, but all beginning with GIANT-SIZE. Some were all new material, some were all-reprints, many were a mix of both. Gaspar Saladino did cover or story lettering for quite a few, and I’m detailing that here. Rather than try to go chronologically, I’m going alphabetically by title. The cover lettering on the first one, above, is by Saladino, though the giant numbers are part of the cover art. WHO in the final balloon with a burst around it adds energy and drama.

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GASPAR SALADINO in CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER

All images © Clive Barker and Marvel. From CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER #2, 1990

Here’s one I missed earlier. Hellraiser began with the novella “The Hellbound Heart” by horror writer Clive Barker, then quickly became a long series of horror films. Marvel published this horror anthology comic through their Epic imprint, and it ran 20 issues from 1989 to 1993. Most issues had several stories usually with painted art by different creative teams. Gaspar Saladino lettered quite a few of the stories. The first one, above, has a very Gaspar story title. These were all likely lettered on vellum overlays either placed on the painted art if it was available, or more often on photocopies of the art. The lettering was then combined with the art photographically, or possibly digitally toward the end of the run, I’m not sure when Marvel started doing that.

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GASPAR SALADINO in GHOST RIDER

All images © Marvel. From GHOST RIDER #3, Dec 1973

This title about a demonic biker ran 81 issues from 1973 to 1983. Gaspar Saladino designed the logo and lettered a few covers as well as many first pages inside the book. I’ll look at covers first. On the first one above, the curved arrow caption is something Gaspar liked to do. Marvel’s preference for reversing the lettering and/or filling in around open lettering makes that harder to identify here, but the balloon borders and lettering certainly look like Saladino to me.

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