GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER H TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From HAMMERLOCKE #5, Jan 1993

This article is for all the DC titles beginning with H that did not have enough Gaspar Saladino work to warrant their own post. For instance, the issue above from HAMMERLOCKE (1992-1993) is the only one with Saladino cover lettering, nicely done in perspective at the top. I know his styles intimately, having studied them since I began working at DC in 1977, but the clincher here is the shape of the R in CYBERSPACE. If you look closely, you’ll see the notch on the right side where the right leg is joined is low, suggesting it’s a P with the right leg added, something Gaspar did throughout his career.

From HERCULES UNBOUND #7, Oct-Nov 1976

Similarly, this cover for HERCULES UNBOUND (1975-77) is the only one with Gaspar’s cover lettering. He also did the top banner and designed the logo, which again has that characteristic R.

From HERO HOTLINE #1, April 1989

This humorous take on superheroes had Saladino cover lettering on all six issues. Here he did the top blurb over my logo.

From HERO HOTLINE #3, June 1989

The best thing by Saladino on this cover is SNAFU, the name of the villain, with each letter having a different texture. I love it.

From HERO HOTLINE #5, Aug 1989

No one did flaming letters better than Saladino, and this is a prime example. Many letterers, including myself, add flames, but Gaspar’s are the most convincing, and he also captures the charring effect of fire in the letters.

From HEROES AGAINST HUNGER #1, 1988

Many DC writers and artists worked on this charity fund-raiser. Gaspar did the logo and the cover lettering, both add gravitas and drama.

From HEX #1, Sept 1985

Long a popular hero of the old west, Jonah Hex took the lead in this dystopian future series from 1985 to 1987. Saladino lettered many of the covers, including this first one.

From HEX #3, Nov 1985

The burst on this cover works well, but I really like the bottom blurb with its clever overlaps and variety of shapes.

From HEX #6, Feb 1986

Fine large balloon and blurbs on this cover sell the drama and the character.

From HEX #14, Oct 1986

The layout of this cover leaves too much open space at the left, but Saladino fills much of it with great display lettering.

From HOT WHEELS #1, March-April 1970

This brief series based on Mattel toy cars had cover lettering on three issues by Saladino. I suspect the balloon shapes here are by cover artist Alex Toth, but the letters in them are by Gaspar, who also did the character names. Toth did his own cover lettering on some of these.

From HOT WHEELS #2, May-June 1970

These balloons are all Saladino, and I think he also did the lettering on the cars.

From HOT WHEELS #4, Sept-Oct 1970

One way to add excitement is with large display lettering in the balloons if there’s room, and there was here. Notice how the letters in the second balloon have the rounded corners squared off with a small pen point for variety.

From HAYWIRE #4, Winter 1988

Finally we have an inside story lettered by Saladino in this issue of HAYWIRE. The large title with open telescoping is impressive, and not typical of Gaspar’s work, so perhaps it was done over pencils by the artist Vince Giarrano, but that’s a guess.

To sum up, I found cover lettering by Saladino on these comics:

HAMMERLOCKE 5

HERCULES UNBOUND 7

HERO HOTLINE 1-6

HEROES AGAINST HUNGER 1988 one-shot

HEX 1-6, 9-10, 12, 14-18

HOT WHEELS 1-2, 4

That’s 26 in all. The story in HAYWIRE was 24 pages.

Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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