GASPAR SALADINO in L.E.G.I.O.N.

All images © DC Comics. From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #4, May 1989

This Legion of Super-Heroes spinoff ran from 1989 to 1994. The title changed with each year of publication just to make things more difficult for indexers like me, but the numbering was maintained throughout, which is helpful. Those letters and periods are a pain to type, too. By this time, Gaspar Saladino was not lettering many covers, and he did only a few for the series, but he did letter nearly all the stories, so this was a main source of income for him in these years. The balloon on the cover above is full of Saladino style and energy.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’90 ANNUAL #1, Sept 1990

There were also four annuals, each with a different title because of the year changes, but numbered consecutively. Gaspar did two large banner captions for the first one that add to the drama.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’90 #20, Oct 1990

Gaspar’s last cover lettering for the series is above. It has his distinctive R shape in FIRST, and his S is also diagnostic. The perspective is well done.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #1, Feb 1989

Most of Gaspar’s story lettering was standard balloons and captions, but in the first issue he lettered this diagram in a slightly different style that I like. Some letters are more rounded than usual, and some M’s and N’s have unusual shapes. I think it’s meant to be computer graphics, but this computer is stylish.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #6, May 1989

This splash page has an unusual upper and lower case title, and the diary entries are very similar to Gaspar’s own elegant handwriting except for the emphasized words.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #9, Nov 1989

Here’s a more typical story page except for the alien thought balloon in the last panel, which is quite creative.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’90 #15, March 1990

Great scary title on this splash page, though the colorist (or separator) has missed the openings between some letters that should have been gray or black.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 #27, May 1991

I love the laughter on this page by Saladino.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 ANNUAL #2, Oct 1991

Gaspar also lettered some of the Annuals, adding to his page count.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’92 #39, May 1992

Sometimes the letterer was asked to make the story title part of the spoken lettering, and Saladino does a fine job with that here. I also like the curved credits on the helmet.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’93 #50, March 1993

Fine sound effects and display lettering by Gaspar on this page.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’93 ANNUAL #4, Dec 1993

The word BLOOD in this story title is wonderful, suggesting Kirby dots. The blue areas between the letters should have been filled black, but the blue works okay. In this credit box, everyone gets the same style that Saladino usually uses only for his own first name.

From L.E.G.I.O.N. ’93 #61, Dec 1993

The stylized captions on this splash page work well, as does the story title.

To sum up, Saladino lettered these covers: 4-5, 9, 20, Annual 1, five in all. Below are the details of his story lettering, all stories feature L.E.G.I.O.N.

#1 Feb 1989: 24pp

#2 March 1989: 24pp

#3 April 1989: 24pp

#4 May 1989: 24pp

#5 June 1989: 24pp

#6 July 1989: 24pp

#7 Aug 1989: 24pp

#8 Sept 1989: 24pp

#9 Nov 1989: 24pp

#10 Dec 1989: 24pp

#11 Jan 1990: 24pp

#12 Feb 1990: 24pp

#13 March 1990: 24pp

#14 April 1990: 24pp

#15 May 1990: 24pp

#16 June 1990: 24pp

#17 July 1990: 24pp

#18 Aug 1990: 24pp

#19 Sept 1990: 24pp

#20 Oct 1990: 24pp

#21 Nov 1990: 24pp

#22 Dec 1990: 24pp

#23 Jan 1991: 40pp

#24 Feb 1991: 24pp

#25 March 1991: 24pp

#26 April 1991: 24pp

#27 May 1991: 24pp

#28 June 1991: 24pp

#29 July 1991: 24pp

#30 Aug 1991: 24pp

#31 Sept 1991: 24pp

#32 Oct 1991: 24pp

#33 Nov 1991: 24pp

#34 Dec 1991: 24pp

#35 Jan 1992: 24pp

#39 May 1992: 24pp

#40 June 1992: 24pp

#41 July 1992: 24pp

#42 July 1992: 24pp

#44 Aug 1992: 24pp

#45 Sept 1992: 24pp

#46 Nov 1992: 24pp

#49 Feb 1993: 24pp

#50 March 1993: 43pp

#51 March 1993: 24pp

#53 June 1993: 24pp

#54 June 1993: 24pp

#55 July 1993: 24pp

#56 July 1993: 24pp

#57 Aug 1993: 24pp

#58 Sept 1993: 24pp

#59 Oct 1993: 24pp

#61 Dec 1993: 24pp

#62 Jan 1994: 24pp

#63 Feb 1994: 24pp

#64 March 1994: 24pp

#65 April 1994: 24pp

#66 May 1994: 24pp

#67 June 1994: 24pp

#68 July 1994: 24pp

#69 Aug 1994: 24pp

#70 Sept 1994: 41pp

Annual #2 1991: 57pp

Annual #3 1992: 56pp

Annual #4 1993 pp 3-14 (12pp)

That’s a total of 1,665 pages on this title. Other articles in this series and more you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

2 thoughts on “GASPAR SALADINO in L.E.G.I.O.N.

  1. Raymond Neal

    Where did you get the image of the ’90 Annual, Todd? Jerry Bingham’s signature was removed from it. I thought something was off but couldn’t put my finger on it until I looked at the GCD scan of the cover (https://www.comics.org/issue/47345/cover/4/). What makes it REALLY odd is that Lovern Kindzierski’s initials are still visible.

  2. Todd Klein Post author

    Most of my images come from online sites that post comics for reading, so the quality is quite variable. Occasionally I get better images from places like Heritage Auctions. As long as the lettering is clear and readable I don’t worry about the rest.

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