NOVA was a superhero series that ran 25 issues from 1976 to 1979. Gaspar Saladino did a number of page one lettering jobs for it as well as two full issues and a few covers. For the first issue, oddly, he did not letter page one but did three later chapter heading pages, the first is above. Joe Rosen did the title page and the rest, perhaps he was ready to start and Gaspar wasn’t available, but then somehow turned up in time to do the chapter pages. Many of these decisions on when and where to use him are puzzling. I have room, so I’ll show the other chapter pages below.
Gaspar’s work is dynamic and full of energy, as usual, with great chapter titles and sound effects. I didn’t see this issue when it came out, I know I would have been puzzled by the very different lettering styles.
A story title in a burst balloon can be tricky, Saladino makes it work here.
Often Gaspar redid character logos in his titles, here existing logos are used, perhaps by request. It makes a poor story title I think.
This story title is more like it. I also like the NOVA balloon.
Saladino lettered the entire issue here, so gets his name in the book for the first time. He uses just his first name in script, as he liked to do. Gaspar was not yet getting printed credit on his DC Comics work regularly, but would soon.
More mis-matched character logos here, but the story title is fine.
Another story title in a burst balloon, which looks good, but perhaps it should have been a bit smaller to avoid the character’s hand.
The brush lettering on the black words in this story title adds interest and variety.
This story title is creative and appealing, perhaps from a layout in the pencils by Carmine Infantino, Gaspar’s friend and former boss at DC.
Here’s the other full story lettered by Saladino. I again suspect Infantino laid out the story title with THE COMET somewhat in the style of a DC hero. The sound effect is also cool.
The last few issues are actually titled THE MAN CALLED NOVA in the indicia. Gaspar lettered the final two covers, again working with Infantino.
The final issue has a revised type top line, changing HE’S HERE to HE’S GONE, evidence of Marv Wolfman’s humor I’d say. Gaspar’s burst balloon is strong.
To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on these covers: 24-25, two in all. Below are the details of his story lettering.
#1 Sept 1976: 3 pp (chapters)
#3 Nov 1976: page 1 only
#4 Dec 1976: page 1 only
#10 June 1977: page 1 only
#11 July 1977: 17pp
#12 Aug 1977: page 1 only
#14 Oct 1977: page 1 only
#15 Nov 1977: page 1 only
#20 July 1977: page 1 only
#22 Nov 1978: 17pp
That’s a total 44 pages. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.