GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER M TITLES

All images © Marvel. From MACHINE MAN #10, Aug 1979

I believe the letter M begins the largest number of Marvel Comics titles. This article collects those that don’t begin with MARVEL for which Gaspar Saladino did a small amount of lettering work. MACHINE MAN ran 19 issues from 1978 to 1981, and Saladino lettered two of the covers. I suspect Jim Novak designed this logo, and he might have also done the cover lettering here, but it looks more like Gaspar’s work to me.

From MACHINE MAN #16, Aug 1980

I’m more sure about this one, the blurbs are definitely in Gaspar’s styles.

From MICRONAUTS #8, Aug 1979

This toy tie-in series was very popular, outlasting the toy line. It ran 59 issues from 1979 to 1984. For this issue, Saladino lettered just the first page of the story, something he was often hired to do by Marvel. Gaspar’s long experience lettering war comics at DC was good training for this page.

From MICRONAUTS #10, Oct 1979

Another page one with great Art Deco credits. Gaspar always put in the name of the letterer of the remaining pages, but their style was often quite different.

From MICRONAUTS ANNUAL #2, Oct 1980

There isn’t much lettering on this busy cover, just the blurb at upper left, but it’s by Saladino.

From THE MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN #28, Nov 1973

Marvel (then Atlas) produced lots of western comics in the 1950s, and this title reprinted many of them. Gaspar lettered some of the covers beginning with this one. Here his almost rectangular balloon at right reminds me of Artie Simek, but the letters inside are wider and more angular than Artie’s.

From THE MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN #30, March 1974

Saladino’s dynamic style added drama.

From THE MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN #31, May 1974

The CRACK on this cover is surprisingly rounded for Gaspar, perhaps he was just inking what artist Gil Kane put there. The rest of the lettering including the sign is by him.

From THE MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN #35, Oct 1974

It’s hard to keep these western gunfighters straight, there were many of them. My guess is readers didn’t care so much which one was featured.

From THE MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN #36, Dec 1974

This all looks like Saladino lettering to me.

From THE MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN #40, Aug 1975

The best clues to Saladino on this cover are the lower case THE in the burst and the style of the 3 in the lower caption.

From MONSTERS ON THE PROWL #21, Feb 1973

This book continued from CHAMBER OF DARKNESS, Saladino lettered only one cover. The angular letters and thin outlines on the open ones points to his work.

From MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1, June 1973

This magazine-sized comic with black and white interiors ran 11 issues. Gaspar lettered one story in the first issue. These black and white books did not include lettering credits, but Gaspar’s style in the title is clear, especially the dry-brush work on WEREWOLF.

From MOON KNIGHT #12, Oct 1981

A late single cover for Saladino on this title, but the style of MORPHEUS is unmistakeable. The line above it is type.

From MOONSHADOW #8, June 1986

Like BLOOD: A TALE, this prestige project with painted art was created and written by J.M. DeMatteis. Most issues were lettered by Kevin Nowlan, but Gaspar filled in for him on issue #8. Since Kevin’s lettering was similar and inspired by Saladino, it was a good match. Also like BLOOD, this series was reprinted by DC Comics ten years later, where many readers thought it originated.

From MY LOVE #21, Jan 1973

Gaspar’s work here is very much like what he was doing on DC’s romance comics. He only lettered this one cover.

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

MACHINE MAN 10, 16

MICRONAUTS ANNUAL 2

MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN 28, 30-31, 35-36, 40

MONSTERS ON THE PROWL 21

MY LOVE 21

That’s eleven in all. Below are the details of his story lettering.

MICRONAUTS #8: page 1 only

MICRONAUTS #10: page 1 only

MONSTERS UNLEASHED 1: 10pp

MOONSHADOW 8: 31pp

That’s 43 pages total. More articles in this series are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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