GASPAR SALADINO in MARVEL TREASURY EDITION

All images © Marvel. From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURING CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES #1, Sept 1976

This was Marvel’s tabloid-size comics series, giant square-bound issues that were often filled with reprints, but did contain some new material. It ran 28 issues from 1974 to 1981 with a few one-shots not in the regular numbering, as above, for which Saladino lettered only the back cover and the inside back cover. Gaspar Saladino contributed some story and page lettering to this series, not a lot, but enough for a separate article.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #13, 1976

For this issue featuring holiday stories Gaspar lettered ten pages that were interspersed between the reprints. His story title and credits are stylish and festive.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #14, 1977

For this reprint issue, Saladino lettered an elaborate title page, something he often did for DC Comics reprints or extra-long books. I think he also did the logo.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #15, 1977

Another title page by Gaspar, though I don’t think he did that illuminated C for CONAN, that looks like something that might have been pulled from elsewhere, perhaps a book of medieval manuscripts.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #18, 1978

This contents page is in a more familiar comics style, and the logo is the standard one.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #19, 1978

The blurbs on this cover are by Gaspar, his style is more obvious in the left one.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #23, 1979

In this Conan issue I was startled to find a reprinted run of a “Conan the Barbarian” newspaper strip, which I didn’t know about, and the seven weeks of dailies and one Sunday are all lettered by Saladino. Rather than count it here, I’m adding it to my existing article on Gaspar’s Newspaper Strip lettering.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #24, 1979

This burst blurb seems small, but remember the comic is quite large. It’s by Saladino. He probably also did 80 GIANT PAGES.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #26, 1980

This cover follows the same model as the previous one, and MODOK is more obviously in Saladino’s style.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #27, 1980

Lots of Saladino lettering on this cover. I’m not sure if he also did the logo, the S in SPIDER-MAN doesn’t look like something he would do.

From MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #27, 1980

Inside the book Gaspar lettered this new short story with his usual panache.

To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on these covers: CAP’S BICENTENNIAL back cover, 19, 24, 26-27, five in all. Below are the details of his story lettering.

CAP’S BICENTENNIAL Sept 1976: inside back cover

#13 1976: ‘Tis the Season 10pp

#14 1977: Contents 1pp

#15 1977: Contents 1pp

#18 1978: Contents 1pp

#27 1980: Angel 5pp

That’s 19 pages 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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