GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER G TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From GAMMARAUDERS #1, Jan 1989

This article is for DC titles beginning with G that didn’t have enough Gaspar Saladino involvement to warrant a separate article. First up is this title, one of several co-published with TSR featuring their games. Gaspar did the blurb above the logo.

From GAMMARAUDERS #4, MAY 1989

Another Saladino blurb over the logo is joined by lots of his lettering elsewhere on this cover. That smaller white lettering at lower left is taking a chance against the art, but it reads okay.

From GAMMARAUDERS #5, July 1989

More lettering here effectively done in perspective to match the art. The four-part story would have the oval chapter blurb on each with just the part number changed.

From GAMMARAUDERS #10, Dec 1989

I think the western lettering on the poster is type, but Gaspar did fine dry-brush work on DEAD OR ALIVE as well as the top blurb. The series ran just ten issues in 1989.

From GANG BUSTERS #34, June-July 1953

Going way back to early in his career at DC, Saladino lettered two stories in the crime comic GANG BUSTERS. It was not a regular assignment, he was probably asked to fill in for someone on these.

From GANG BUSTERS #43, Dec 1954-Jan 1955

I love the dynamic title on this second one.

From GREEN ARROW #1, May 1983

Though Green Arrow had been around since the early 1940s and appeared in many titles, surprisingly he did not get his own title until this 1983 miniseries. Gaspar did the logo and the lettering above it.

From GREEN ARROW #2, June 1983

On the second issue, the artists, the DC production person assembling the cover, and Gaspar had fun putting all the cover elements at odd angles. I like his treatment of VERTIGO in the caption.

From GREEN ARROW #7, Aug 1988

A later monthly Green Arrow series used mostly type on the covers, but this one issue has a more appealing credits scroll by Saladino.

From GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW #2, Nov 1983

In 1983 the fan favorite stories featuring these characters by writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams were reprinted in a high-quality format with new Adams covers. Some reused Saladino lettering from the original covers, but this one has a new round blurb by him. The top blurb was done by me for the first issue.

From GREEN LANTERN #5, Oct 1990

A new Green Lantern series began in 1990. Gaspar did cover lettering for only this one issue, and it’s large and effective, adding interest to the cover art and intriguing buyers.

From GREEN LANTERN CORPS QUARTERLY #5, Summer 1993

In the 1990s, the Green Lantern franchise expanded to include this annual-size quarterly anthology. Gaspar lettered one story for it, above. The story title shows his preference for a serif I at the beginning of a name for ITTY, and Itty’s narration is in blob-shaped captions.

To sum up, these covers have Saladino lettering:

GAMMARAUDERS: 1-2, 4-10

GREEN ARROW (1983): 1-2

GREEN ARROW (1988): 7

GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW: 2

GREEN LANTERN (1990): 5

That’s 14 in all.

Below are the stories lettered by Gaspar.

GANG BUSTERS #34 June-July 1953: Casebook Mystery 4pp

GANG BUSTERS #43 Dec-Jan 1954-1955: Bomb Squad 8pp

GREEN LANTERN CORPS QUARTERLY 5 Summer 1993: Whatever Happened to Itty? 8pp

That’s twenty pages in all. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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