Here are two Marvel titles beginning with the same word but otherwise unconnected. THE HUMAN TORCH was an eight issue series reprinting Human Torch solo stories from STRANGE TALES and elsewhere. Gaspar Saladino lettered half the covers, beginning with the first issue, above. He was a good choice, as his flaming letters were always well done. I will look at THE HUMAN FLY later.
Gaspar also designed the flaming logo, and here his blurb fits well below it.
The large 2 in the top caption is typical of what Saladino often did at DC Comics, where reprints were also common.
For some reason, Marvel’s production people loved to create these black cover blurbs by reversing the lettering and/or filling black around open lettering. I think it was a particularly bad choice here on a sunny, fire-lit cover, and it makes Gaspar’s FIRE in the lower caption hard to read. It also hides the banner shape of the upper caption.
This series based on a real stunt-man ran 19 issues in 1977-79. Gaspar lettered the first page of several issues and one cover. At the time, Marvel often hired Saladino to add his skill and talent to the first page of stories otherwise lettered by others, and the lettering style of the other pages is generally quite different. This dynamic, creative title is a good example of what he could bring to a book.
The texture and coloring on this title makes it a bit hard to read, but it still works okay.
This busy page has less room for lettering than most, but Saladino does his best through careful overlapping.
Gaspar only lettered the final cover, his clever joining of the two H’s is the kind of creative touch he was known for.
He also lettered the first page inside where his title is much larger and more dynamic, with brush lettering on HIGHWIRE.
To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on these five covers:
HUMAN TORCH: 1-3, 7
HUMAN FLY: 19
Gaspar also lettered the first page of these issues: HUMAN FLY 6, 10, 15, 19, four in all. Other articles in this series are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.