GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER K TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From KARATE KID #10, Sept-Oct 1977

This article features four DC Comics titles beginning with the letter K that didn’t have enough Gaspar Saladino involvement to warrant a separate article. Most of his work is cover lettering, but there are two stories inside the books as well. The series above was a spinoff from The Legion of Super-Heroes that ran 15 issues from 1976 to 1978. Gaspar lettered three covers, the first is above. The burst at the bottom is an odd shape, and the lettering in it seems a bit small, but it works fine.

From KARATE KID #12, Jan-Feb 1978

The Saladino caption on this cover works better in my opinion, and his word balloons always add energy and drama.

From KARATE KID #15, July-Aug 1978

The final issue featured a crossover with Kamandi, but both books were soon cancelled, so it wasn’t enough to keep readers buying, plus the “DC Implosion” ended KAMANDI prematurely. I like Gaspar’s captions and the art deco style of some words, with a rounded letter E.

From KOBRA #2, April-May 1976

KOBRA was a rare attempt at DC to have a series starring a villain, running seven issues in 1976-77. The other one that comes to mind was THE JOKER begun the previous year. Saladino lettered three covers. The first, above, has four blurbs, a lot for this time, and they all work for me.

From KOBRA #3, June-July 1976

This one has one blurb and four balloons, all well done by Gaspar, but perhaps suggesting the storytelling wasn’t strong to need that much explanation.

From KOBRA #6, Jan-Feb 1977

The original Kobra logo by John Workman was replaced with this issue. The Grand Comics Database says: “As revealed in the letters section of Kobra # 7 the new logo was designed by Martin Pasko and Paul Levitz and rendered by Gaspar Saladino.” It’s too tall, but otherwise an improvement, I think. Saladino’s three blurbs and two balloons work fine with this more dynamic art, too.

From KORAK #48, Sept-Oct 1972

In 1972, DC Comics acquired the license to create and publish comics featuring characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, including Tarzan and his son Korak, who were previously appearing in comics from Western Publishing. DC continued the numbering of those, and their issues of KORAK ran from #47 to #59 in 1972-75. Then for seven issues the Korak numbering continued in the larger issues of TARZAN FAMILY featuring Korak and other Burroughs creations. Gaspar lettered seven of the covers. I don’t think he did the lettering above the Saladino logo here, but I could be wrong. He definitely did the bottom caption.

From KORAK #50, Jan-Feb 1973

Artist Joe Kubert left more room for lettering on this cover, and Saladino used it well for a large blurb utilizing several styles of display lettering, all reversed out of the dark background by the color separators, following the color guide DC provided.

From KORAK #59, Sept-Oct 1975

Gaspar contributed a well-designed blurb to this cover.

From TARZAN FAMILY #60, Nov-Dec 1975

When Korak became this title, most of the cover lettering was type. Gaspar lettered the scroll caption at the bottom of this one…

From TARZAN FAMILY #66, Nov-Dec 1976

…and for the final issue, he did lots of lettering in this new format. I thought these were great, and would have readily bought more, but I think DC lost the Burroughs license to Marvel at this point.

From KRYPTON CHRONICLES #1, Sept 1981

This three-issue miniseries was based on the comics and not the first Superman movie. Gaspar lettered the blurb above his logo and the balloon.

From KRYPTON CHRONICLES #2, Oct 1981

The two balloons on this cover explain the action and the color holds on the lettering work well.

From KOBRA #3, June-July 1976

Inside the books, Gaspar lettered the third issue of KOBRA. Panel four has a nice burst balloon, and the tail goes behind the figure, something letterers tried to avoid, but it works here.

From KORAK #47, July-Aug 1972

He also lettered the first installment of the Carson of Venus backup in KORAK. I think artist Michael Wm. Kaluta did the feature logo and story title, but PIRATES OF VENUS is by Gaspar.

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

KARATE KID 10, 12, 15

KOBRA 2-3, 6

KORAK 48-50, 53, 59

KRYPTON CHRONICLES 1-2

That’s 13 in all. Here are the details on the stories:

KOBRA #3 June-July 1976: 17pp

KORAK #47 July-Aug 1972: Carson of Venus 6pp

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

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