Walt Disney Productions had been licensing their properties to comic book publishers for many years, Western Publishing for decades, then Gladstone starting in 1985, but from 1990 to 1992, Disney decided to publish their own comics. They brought in comics veteran Len Wein as editor-in-chief, and Len was soon hiring many creators he’d known from DC and Marvel, including his favorite letterer Gaspar Saladino. Gaspar lettered quite a few stories and this one cover for Disney Comics in those years, and later he returned to letter stories for the digest-size magazine DISNEY ADVENTURES in 1996-97. I’ll write about that last. First, the work he did in 90-92, taking the titles in alphabetical order (using the titles from the indicias). As the logo designer and letterer of DC’s SWAMP THING with Len Wein, Gaspar was the perfect choice for the cover blurb above!
Saladino lettered the entire 24-page story for the first issue of this cartoon tie-in series, though not the story title, which is type, and he didn’t do all of the sound effects, some are by artist John Blair Moore. The Grand Comics Database has him as the letterer for all four issues of the series, but I haven’t found examples online of the other issues. I will accept their credits on all this Disney work, though.
This was a two-issue series, and Gaspar lettered all the stories in both issues, three eight-pagers in issue #1 and a 16 and 8-pager in issue #2, but as with many of these comics, it’s difficult to find images online. I imagine Disney polices that more that most companies. This is the final page of an eight-pager, but I’m not sure which issue it’s from.
Another four-issue series for which Saladino did all the lettering, but I’ve found only one example online. The story title here is by Gaspar.
A 62-page adaptation of the Disney animated film, all lettered by Saladino. Again, I don’t think he did the sound effect. Of the work Gaspar did for Disney Comics, this has the earliest publication date, though the release date isn’t known.
Another adaptation, this time of a live-action film, and Gaspar was a fine choice for letterer over art by Russ Heath. I like the energy in the first balloon, and I think he did the photo inscription in panel 4.
Here’s a page from the printed comic. The story was 64 pages. Of course the film was adapted from a comics series by Dave Stevens, which is superior in my opinion, but I like this version too.
This series was a five-issue spinoff from the main ROGER RABBIT comic, itself a spinoff from the live action/animated film. Gaspar lettered only one story for the final issue. I designed the WEASELS logo. I particularly like the small lettering in the comics art page in panel five.
Donald Duck comics had been around for decades, and were very popular around the world. Some countries created and published their own Donald stories, which were then available to whoever held the US Disney Comics license to reprint. That happened in this series when they weren’t reprinting Carl Barks classics from the Western Publishing era. Gaspar lettered this entire story, his only one for the book, and he also did the story title. The art is by Chilean artist Victor Arrigada Rios (Vicar) done for the Danish publisher Egmont.
Disney Comics put out several seasonal anthologies. Gaspar lettered several stories for this one, but I could only find this one poor image from a Goofy single-page story. The story title and sound effects are by Saladino.
Another seasonal anthology. Gaspar lettered a four page story inside, but I have no image of it, so I’m putting the cover here as a place-holder. Gaspar did no work on it.
Now we come to this square-bound digest-size magazine full of all things Disney, with many issues including one or more short comics stories. I think it sold well at supermarket checkouts and by subscription if not in comics shops, and it lasted from 1990 to 2007, continuing to be produced by Disney itself after the comic book license returned to Gladstone and then went to Gemstone. Gaspar lettered one eight-page story for this issue, his only one in the 90-92 time period. (He did no work on this cover.)
The story featured Darkwing Duck and was created with 3-D effects, so this image doesn’t reproduce well, but you can see some Saladino balloon lettering on it, and he also did the newspaper lettering.
By 1996, Heidi MacDonald was the comics editor for the magazine, and she began using Saladino again on comics stories. This issue had a 12-page Aladdin story he lettered according to the Grand Comics Database, but I’ve found no images from it. Gaspar did no work on this cover.
Gaspar lettered part two of the Aladdin story also, another twelve pages, which appeared in the next issue. I’ve found an image from that one, and it includes Saladino sound effects.
I’m going to skip over Gaspar’s other story lettering for the magazine except for two examples, the only ones I can find images for, though Saladino’s fine title work at the top is clear enough on the one above. This is “Part 2,” but I have no record for Part 1, clearly it ran in some previous issue, but I don’t know which one. It’s not listed for the issue before this in the GCD, but that could be an error.
Here’s a page from the last Saladino story I can find with my limited resources, I’ve probably missed some. Everything but the Hercules logo is by Gaspar on this page.
To sum up, Saladino lettered the cover of CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS #18 and the stories listed below
DISNEY’S DARKWING DUCK LIMITED SERIES 1991-92 #1: 24pp, #2: 26pp, #3: 25pp, #4: 25pp
DISNEY’S NEW ADVENTURES OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (MINI-SERIES) 1992 #1: 24pp, #2: 24pp
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID LIMITED SERIES 1992 #1: 24pp, #2: 24pp, #3: 26pp, #4: 26pp
DISNEY’S THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER 1990: 62pp
THE ROCKETEER: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE ADAPTATION #1 1991: 64pp
ROGER RABBIT’S TOONTOWN #5 1991: 8pp
WALT DISNEY’S DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES #30 1992: 22pp
WALT DISNEY’S SPRING FEVER #1 1991: 1pp, 6pp, 1pp, 10pp
WALT DISNEY’S SUMMER FUN #1 1991: 4pp
DISNEY ADVENTURES Vol 3 #1 Nov 1992: Darkwing Duck 8pp
Vol 6 #5 March 1996: Aladdin 12pp
Vol 6 #6 April 1996: Aladdin 12pp
Vol 6 #13 Oct 1996: The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa 10pp
Vol 6 #14 Nov 1996: Mighty Ducks 16pp
Vol 7 #4 Jan 1997: Gargoyles 12pp (this is Part 2, which is puzzling, where is Part 1? It’s not listed in the previous issue, but is probably there. I have no way to check)
Vol 7 #5 Feb 1997: Goof Troop 1pp, Mighty Ducks 12pp
Vol 7 #8 May 1997: Aladdin 1pp, Timon & Pumbaa 2pp, Aladdin 4pp
Vol 7 #9 June 1997: Mighty Ducks 12pp
Vol 7 #10 June 1997: Timon & Pumbaa 1pp
Vol 7 #11 July 1997: Timon & Pumbaa 2pp
Vol 7 #12 Aug 1997: Mighty Ducks 12pp
Vol 7 #15 Oct 1997: Timon & Pumbaa 4pp
Vol 8 #2 Dec 1997: Mighty Ducks 1pp, Timon & Pumbaa 1pp
Vol 8 #4 Feb 1998: Hercules 8pp, Timon & Pumbaa 1pp
That’s a total of 558 pages, a good amount of lettering, and in the 1990s, when Saladino wasn’t getting as much work from DC and Marvel as he had been in previous decades. More articles on Saladino’s lettering are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.