4 thoughts on “Celebrating Gaspar, Part 4 (final)

  1. Greg Holkan

    You know, I’d love to have the ability to buy a book through Lulu.com (or something like it) full of just samples of this kind of lettering from different letterers. Maybe with a little commentary too. I’ve missed this sort of stuff in the last few years, as comic book typography has begun to more closely resemble other modern typography. (I’m thinking of stuff like the Flag for All-Star Superman and All Star Batman and Robin.)

  2. Payton

    Wow! If you have any more of the DC Lettering Files, please post them. I see why Gaspar is the greatest and I have learned so much from these.

  3. Matt Larcombe

    It’s only lately that I’ve come to appreciate Gaspar’s work, due in large part to your singing his praises. If Todd Klein thinks he’s the best ever, then I feel it is incumbent upon me to take a closer look. Though lettering has always been one of the things I loved about comics, I’ve never really had more than a superficial understanding of it. For instance, while I can usually recognize a letterer with relative ease (by the shape of the word balloons and the style of the letters–forgive me if I’m using incorrect terminology), I’ve never had the slightest understanding of the mechanics of lettering; it’s always struck me as an exceedingly subtle art that requires a degree of initiation not available to those outside the industry. Prior to today, I wasn’t even aware that it was Gaspar who provided most of the lettering and logos for DC’s cover and house-ads, because the style he employed for interiors bared little resemblance — at least to my ignorant eyes — to what appeared on those covers and ads. And to be frank, compared to yourself, Orzechowski, Simek, and Costanza, Gaspar’s interior lettering style seemed a little conservative. Now, over time I’ve developed a greater appreciate for that style, but it wasn’t until today, as I pored over these four abundant pages, that I’ve begun to grasp just how brilliant he really was. So much of what I’ve seen here has been an indelible part of my experience with comics, and all of it is attributable to a man I’d previously underrated! I’m astonished by the level innovation on display, how he imbued his words with both vibrancy and subtlety. Always contributing to, but never distracting from, the art. Capturing the essence of a character or place or situation (the Apokolips and Darkseid logos — is that the correct term? — instantly spring to mind) with just the right touch. It’s like a form of hieroglyphics!

    Thanks for doing this documenting this stuff, Todd. It adds a whole other dimension to my comic book experience.

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