GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER E TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From EL DIABLO #12, Aug 1990

Other than Eclipso, there isn’t much Gaspar Saladino lettering on DC titles beginning with the letter E, and it’s only on covers. I’ve included them all in this post. I find this cover interesting because it brings together a revamp of the 1970s DC western character El Diablo and another DC western character, the original Vigilante, created in 1941. Saladino’s bold, exciting display lettering in a rough balloon is held in red for even more impact, and looks great. This was the only Saladino lettering on the title.

From ELECTRIC WARRIOR #8, Dec 1986

Most issues of this 18-issue series from 1986-87 used only type on the covers, but this one includes a Saladino blurb at lower left. I find it far more interesting than the type. Again, the only Gaspar lettering on this title.

From ELSEWORLDS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, Aug 1999

This one-shot had several stories, Gaspar lettered only this one.

From ELVIRA’S HOUSE OF MYSTERY #1, Jan 1986

By 1986, DC’s “mystery” anthologies had all been cancelled due to poor sales, and someone had the idea of reviving this one with then-popular TV horror host Elvira as the host of the comic. Not a bad idea, but it didn’t last very long. Perhaps Elvira fans were not comics readers. The first cover, above, has a balloon and a fine round blurb by Gaspar combining large block letters and one of his horror styles.

From ELVIRA’S HOUSE OF MYSTERY #3, May 1986

A fine Gaspar balloon here with display lettering and open lettering for emphasis. Display lettering is larger and more carefully done than regular balloon lettering, generally.

From ELVIRA’S HOUSE OF MYSTERY #4, June 1986

The blurb on this cover is very large display lettering with white openings to add texture. I love it, a great example of Saladino’s creativity.

From ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HOLIDAYS SPECIAL #1, 1987

This annual-sized one-shot has a word balloon by Gaspar, and he also lettered HAUNTED HOLIDAYS.

To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on these covers:

EL DIABLO #12

ELECTRIC WARRIOR #8

ELVIRA’S HOUSE OF MYSTERY 1, 3-4

ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HOLIDAYS SPECIAL 1

That’s six in all. His story lettering is detailed below.

ELSEWORLDS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, Aug 1999: 10pp

Other articles in this series are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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