GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER C TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From CENTURIONS #1, June 1987

This article is a catch-all for titles that didn’t have enough Gaspar Saladino work to warrant a separate entry, in my opinion. The first cover of CENTURIONS, above, is the only thing he lettered for this miniseries based on a toy line, for instance. The way NOW overlaps is somewhat unusual for him.

From CELEBRATE THE CENTURY #1, 1998

In 1998 DC and the US Postal Service issued a series of comics tied to history-based postage stamps out at the same time. Gaspar Saladino lettered all the short features in the first issue, the image above is the only one I can find from it. I think the idea was to have readers paste one of each stamp in the comic in the indicated place.

From CENTIPEDE Atari Game Comic, 1982

Here’s an oddity. In the early 1980s, DC partnered with Atari to create mini-comics designed to ship with game cartridges. This one was lettered by Gaspar.

From CHAMPION SPORTS #1, Oct-Nov 1973

CHAMPION SPORTS was a series from editor/writer Joe Simon that lasted only three issues. As a fan when it came out, I was certainly not interested in sports comics, and apparently not many other readers were either. I’d completely forgotten this title until it came up alphabetically in my Saladino search. He lettered stories for all three issues. This example from the first issue has a fine large title and a nice display burst and sound effect in the first panel.

From CHAMPION SPORTS #2, Dec 1973-Jan 1974

Each story began with a baseball card idea at upper left, and I don’t think the title of this one is by Saladino, possibly it’s by Joe Simon. The rest of the lettering is Gaspar’s.

From CHAMPION SPORTS #3, Feb-March 1974

This story breaks the mold a bit, being about a race horse and a rider, and I think I would have enjoyed reading it. Gaspar’s sound effects add to the excitement.

From COSMIC BOY #1, Dec 1986

Saladino designed the logo for this Legion of Super-Heroes spinoff miniseries, and lettered three of the covers. I love the treatment of WILD on this one.

From COSMIC BOY #3, Feb 1987

The art and color holds are the best thing about this cover, but Saladino’s lettering following the flow of the art is also good.

From COSMIC BOY #4, March 1987

The blurb on this cover is a little small, but it still works fine with the art and adds excitement.

From THE CRIMSON AVENGER #3, Aug 1988

Another series for which Saladino lettered only this one cover, but his caption makes excellent use of a symbol in the second word.

From CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #2, May 1985

This series was one of the most important at DC in the 1980s, and the cover design was developed by Neal Pozner. It was a busy design, and had busy cover art, so Saladino’s lettering above the logo kind of gets lost, but it reads fine.

From CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #3, June 1985

Much the same on this cover. Saladino’s lettering over the logo could have been larger, but there’s already so much to take in it still would have been a minor element.

From CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #4, July 1985

Finally on issue #5, Saladino’s top line is larger open letters, and he adds a large arrow caption.

From CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #6, Sept 1985

Back to less impact for Gaspar’s lettering on this issue, but the art and concept were selling it anyway.

From CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #10, Jan 1986

Finally, on this cover, Gaspar had room for a larger scroll caption. It’s crowded, but the lettering is interesting and helps sell the confrontation.

From CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2, Fall 1978

In 1978, DC’s line was cut drastically by upper management, an event nicknamed “The DC Implosion.” Many issues and covers that were in the process of being made ready for print were stopped as is. Photostats were made for DC’s library in case of later use, and then the art was returned to the creators. In addition, reduced-size photocopies were made that could fit on 8.5 by 11 inch copy paper. The results of that were highly uneven. Stories and covers that were pencilled, lettered, and inked reproduced fairly well, but stories that were not inked, or did not even have finished pencils, were hard to read and looked awful. These photocopies were sent to a small print shop in DC’s basement where at least 35 copies of each page were made, and the results collated into two thick stapled collections with the humorous title CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE issues 1 and 2. DC used one set to secure copyrights on the material, others were distributed to creators and staffers. I got a set because I designed the logo and assembled the covers, which were done just for those books. The two issues were avidly sought by fans, and eventually photocopies of the photocopies began to appear, and are now online as scans. I sold mine in 1989 for a good price, some creators still have theirs, others are out there in the market.

Gaspar Saladino had only a small amount of work in the two books, all in issue #2. Above is the first page of a story that would have appeared as a backup in SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN #9. It features a new Steve Ditko character. I think the feature logo is by Steve, Gaspar lettered the rest, including the handsome story title. It finally saw print in THE STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS #1 of 2011.

From CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2, Fall 1978

Gaspar also lettered the cover of that unpublished issue, which again features The Odd Man, and was also reprinted in that Ditko Omnibus.

From CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2, Fall 1978

Finally, Saladino also lettered this Omac story intended as a backup in KAMANDI #60. It did not go unpublished as long, it ran in WARLORD #37, Sept 1980.

To sum up, here’s the Saladino work found in this titles:

CENTURIONS 1 cover

CELEBRATE THE CENTURY #1 1998: 32pp

CENTIPEDE 1 1982: 32 pages

CHAMPION SPORTS #1 Oct-Nov 1973: The Kid Who Beat the Oakland A’s 8pp, Little Racer 6pp

CHAMPION SPORTS #2 Dec 1973-Jan 1974: Street Fighter 8pp

CHAMPION SPORTS #3 Feb-March 1974: Horse Story 9pp

COSMIC BOY covers 1, 3-4

THE CRIMSON AVENGER 3 cover

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS covers 2-4, 6-7, 10

CANCELLED COMICS CAVALCADE #2:

The Odd Man 8pp, Omac 8pp, SHADE #9 cover (counted as an interior page)

That’s 11 covers and 112 story pages on these titles. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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