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SALADINO AT DC Updated

Image © DC Comics. From CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #12, Jan 1998

I thought I was finished with this topic, and for the last three months I’ve been working on Gaspar’s lettering for Marvel Comics, but as I researched that in the late 1980s and through the 1990s, I found quite a few books and issues from DC with Saladino lettering that I’d missed. So over the last two days I’ve been adding that material, hundreds of pages of story lettering, to my existing articles. In case any of you would like to see that, here are the posts that have added material:

OTHER A TITLES

OTHER B TITLES

OTHER C TITLES

OTHER D TITLES

OTHER E TITLES

OTHER M TITLES

OTHER N TITLES

OTHER S TITLES

OTHER BATMAN TITLES

OTHER SUPER TITLES

CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN

FLASH (1987)

GREEN LANTERN

SANDMAN & SHADOW

WONDER WOMAN 1987

I’m constantly amazed at the amount of lettering work I’m finding by Gaspar, and now especially for the 1990s. He remained a busy and prolific letterer for over 50 years!

GASPAR SALADINO in THE AVENGERS Part 2

All images © Marvel. From THE AVENGERS #110, April 1973

Continuing my overview of Gaspar Saladino’s lettering for this important Marvel Comics team book, in addition to lettering quite a few covers (as discussed in Part 1), Gaspar was often assigned to letter just the first story page of many issues. I suspect the idea was to make that page more exciting when potential buyers looked at it, to help clinch a sale, and I will add that it worked on me. On these, Gaspar always credits the letterer of the rest of the story, but this plan was mainly used for less experienced or less dynamic letterers, and the difference is clear when you see it. I think Gaspar was paid extra for these, and it shows in the work, he always seems to give more care to the story titles and credit blocks, as on the first one, above. Saladino also lettered a few full stories for the title. Note that my images on these are not from the original comics but from reprints, so the brightness and colors are not accurate to the originals, but the lettering looks fine.

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GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER SUPER TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #2, Dec 1975-Jan 1976

You might well ask: after SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN FAMILY, SUPERBOY and SUPERGIRL, what’s left? There are a few I haven’t covered yet. This title ran 15 issues from 1975 to 1978. It was an attempt to ride on the coattails of other DC “Family” titles, and was largely a reprint book early on, with some original content later. Gaspar Saladino lettered a few of the covers, beginning with the one above. Actually, I think all his fine lettering is the best thing on the cover.

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