Category Archives: Creating Comics

GASPAR SALADINO in STRANGE TALES

All images © Marvel. From STRANGE TALES #169, Sept 1973

The original long-running STRANGE TALES from Marvel ended in 1968, and had no Gaspar Saladino involvement. In 1973 they brought it back for 20 more issues, and for that run, Gaspar lettered this one cover and several stories as well as the first pages of a few stories otherwise lettered by others. Here the logos and both blurbs are by Saladino using some of his scary styles.

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GASPAR SALADINO in SPIDER-WOMAN and SPIDEY SUPER STORIES

All images © Marvel. From SPIDER-WOMAN #12, March 1979

This spin-off title ran 50 issues from 1978 to 1983. Gaspar Saladino lettered a few covers and first story pages for it. The one above has his typical scary letters with texture on BROTHERS GRIMM, and notice the triple outline on the round blurb, I don’t think anyone else was doing that.

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GASPAR SALADINO in SIX FROM SIRIUS

All images © Marvel, Doug Moench & Paul Gulacy. From SIX FROM SIRIUS #1, July 1984

This series was part of Marvel’s Epic line of creator-owned properties. Gaspar Saladino lettered all four issues, perhaps at the request of the creators, or at editor Archie Goodwin’s suggestion. He did a fine job working over the painted art, as usual, and I’ll show two pages from each issue to give a feel for the entire project. The first page, above, is the only one with a title, suggesting it was originally planned as a single graphic novel.

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GASPAR SALADINO in SAVAGE & SKULL

All images © Marvel. From SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1, Aug 1974

This post combines Gaspar Saladino work from three sword and sorcery titles. The first, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, I think was the longest-running of Marvel’s magazine-size black and white comics. Gaspar lettered two stories for it, this is the first. I think he designed the Red Sonja character logo as well as lettering this story, which was reprinted in color in MARVEL FEATURE #1.

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GASPAR SALADINO in SGT. FURY

All images © Marvel. From SGT. FURY #106, Jan 1973

This was Marvel’s long-running war title that reached 167 issues from 1963 to 1981. I’ve already written about some 1960s lettering by Gaspar Saladino for the book in THIS article, here I’ll cover what he did in the 1970s, mostly covers and a few first story pages. On the cover above, which also features his logo, Gaspar’s wide, angular balloon lettering is easy to see, and his blurb at lower left features his version of German letters in RHINE.

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