GASPAR SALADINO in KA-ZAR

All images © Marvel. From KA-ZAR #2, March 1974

This title ran 20 issues from 1974 to 1977. Gaspar Saladino lettered several of the covers, and several first pages inside. I’ll look at covers first. The one above has a handsome banner with Gaspar’s angular display lettering. On the circle caption above, note the three thin outlines used for the border. I don’t think anyone else was doing that, and Marvel’s production people often filled them in black.

From KA-ZAR #3, May 1974

Lots of Saladino lettering here, the curvy treatment of EL TIGRE is the most unusual.

From KA-ZAR #11, Oct 1975

When Marvel reversed Gaspar’s lettering, as in the top caption, it became harder to identify, but here the lower case small words are typical of him, and the bottom burst is too.

From KA-ZAR #15, April 1976

HELLBIRD is pure Saladino on this cover, the rest is his work too.

From KA-ZAR #16, June 1976

Gaspar was often asked to letter the first page of stories otherwise done by others, his strong titles and dynamic lettering might have been thought to sell comics to casual browsers. When he did them, he always credited the letterer of the remaining pages, as here, but their work often looked quite different.

From KA-ZAR #18, Oct 1976

This story title is a fine example of what to emphasize and how, with the smaller lower case adding appealing contrast to the larger open letters, and SAVAGE is the dynamic clincher.

From KA-ZAR #19, Dec 1976

Putting the title in an appropriate balloon shape was no problem for Saladino. Making it exciting was equally easy, or so it seems.

From KA-ZAR #20, Feb 1977

On the final issue, ASSAULT in the title is done with a dry brush, something Gaspar was good at, adding texture and variety.

To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on these covers: 2-3, 11, 15, four in all. And I found page 1 only lettering on these issues: 16, 18-20, four in all. More articles in this series and others you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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