GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER F TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From 1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #9, Dec 1975

Once again, this article is a catch-all for titles beginning with F that didn’t have enough Saladino lettering to warrant a separate article in my opinion. For the title above, I’m counting it as FIRST, though the actual title is 1ST. It was a tryout title that ran 13 issues in 1975-76, and surprisingly Gaspar lettered only two covers. The caption is full of well-made open lettering, and I think he also designed both the series logo and DR. FATE.

From 1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #10, Jan 1976

Saladino did the logo and its topline as well as the word balloon here. Other covers were lettered by DC staffers like John Workman and Joe Letterese, or used type.

From FORBIDDEN TALES OF DARK MANSION #6, July-Aug 1972

This “mystery” anthology ran for 11 issues, and only this cover had lettering by Saladino. The way the two captions intersect is a bit unusual, and THE in the second one is very much like Ira Schnapp’s work.

From FORGOTTEN REALMS #11, June 1990

FORGOTTEN REALMS was one of several collaborations with the game company TSR. The DC comic ran 25 issues from 1989 to 1991. Gaspar lettered six of the covers. This one had an elaborate treatment of JASMINE, though the J almost reads as a T, and the M is not so readable either. I like it anyway.

From FORGOTTEN REALMS #13, Sept 1990

In addition to the triangle, Saladino also did the large display lettering on the arrest warrant here, using a calligraphic style that works well.

From FORGOTTEN REALMS #21, May 1991

The Saladino caption here is somewhere between horror and humor, as the text parodies the song “Buffalo Gals.”

From FORGOTTEN REALMS #22, June 1991

There’s a lot to like about the caption on this cover, from the cool clawed title to the textured scroll behind it. This is pretty late for Saladino cover lettering, but it looks terrific.

From FOUR STAR BATTLE TALES #2, April-May 1973

This war reprint series ran just five issues in 1973. The clever Saladino logo uses stars instead of the word STARS. The caption works fine, it’s almost like the first caption of a story page.

From FOUR STAR BATTLE TALES #3, July-Aug 1973

The burst caption on this cover adds excitement, though the word OF is hard to see. I often stole this border style for my own bursts, a heavy inner border and a thin outer one to allow for another color.

From FOUR STAR SPECTACULAR #1, March-April 1976

This was a superhero reprint title that ran six issues from 1976 to 1977. Gaspar’s lettering on the first one is small titles over each image. I would have suggested putting each on two lines to allow them to be larger.

From FOUR-STAR SPECTACULAR #5, Nov-Dec 1976

Having only two features on the cover of this issue allows the lettering to be larger and more effective.

From FREEDOM FIGHTERS #5, Nov-Dec 1976

This patriotic series ran 15 issues from 1976 to 1978. Gaspar’s balloons on this cover are typical, but the large emphasized words in red add interest, as do the heavy balloon borders.

From FREEDOM FIGHTERS #12, Jan-Feb 1978

There’s a similar word balloon on this caption for Uncle Sam, and a larger burst balloon below with more color enhancements. The tail is electric, but why? You’ll have to read the issue to find out.

From FREEDOM FIGHTERS #14, May-June 1978

The penultimate issue has a fine burst caption and more open lettering to the right. This was one of the series cancelled by the “DC Implosion” of 1978.

From FUNNY STUFF STOCKING STUFFER #1, March 1985

FUNNY STUFF was a long-running funny animal series from DC in the 1940s and 1950s. This one-shot was an attempt to revive it, but it only had one issue. Gaspar’s fun scroll caption at the bottom and rounded top line capture the flavor and the holiday spirit.

From FINAL NIGHT #1, Nov 1996

All the other entries in this article are for Saladino cover lettering, this one is for story lettering. FINAL NIGHT was a four issue series all published the same month, so essentially an 89 page story divided into four comics. Gaspar lettered the whole thing. I like the creative alien language in panel 2 of this page.

From FINAL NIGHT #2, Nov 1996

This splash page from the second issue has a fine variety of lettering styles from Saladino that add a lot to the story.

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

1ST ISSUE SPECIAL 9-10

FORBIDDEN TALES OF DARK MANSION 6

FORGOTTEN REALMS 11-13, 21-23

FOUR STAR BATTLE TALES 2-3, 5

FOUR-STAR SPECTACULAR 1, 5-6

FREEDOM FIGHTERS 5-6, 12, 14-15

FUNNY STUFF STOCKING STUFFER 1

A total of 21 in all.

Here are the listings for story pages in FINAL NIGHT:

#1 Nov 1996: 23pp

#2 Nov 1996: 22pp

#3 Nov 1996: 22pp

#4 Nov 1996: 22pp

That’s 89 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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