This article is a catch-all for Gaspar Saladino lettering on titles where there wasn’t enough for a separate post. This title ran from 1975 to 1976 and reprinted work previously in Marvel’s PLANET OF THE APES black and white magazine. Only the covers were new. The bottom blurb is pure Saladino, the balloons are less obviously his work, but look for the letter S with a wide horizontal stroke in the center.
This one is a harder call, the lettering is similar to the work of Danny Crespi on covers, but I give Saladino a slight edge from the way the open letters are done and the shape of the burst balloon.
This promotional comic was a mail-order giveaway and also an insert in several newspapers. Gaspar lettered the front and back covers…
…as well as all the story pages, all the puzzle pages except one (the puzzle answers) and some of the interior ad pages. Lots of work, which I hope he was well paid for.
This was a three-issue series adapting an animated film. Gaspar lettered all the story pages but not the covers, I’m putting the cover image here as it’s all I can find.
This humor title ran five issues in 1974-75. The blurb at lower left is typical of Saladino’s work, and the balloons are too, though they look rushed. Nick Caputo thinks the bottom balloon was relettered by Morrie Kuramoto, which is probably so.
Inside the issue, Gaspar lettered just the first page of the lead story. His sound effects and title work are unmistakeable.
This is an odd one, late for Saladino at Marvel, and he’s using his pen name of L.P. Gregory. No idea why, but he lettered the entire issue, the middle one of three.
One of several Marvel titles reprinting old horror stories from earlier in their history, Gaspar lettered just this cover. FEATURING in the bottom blurb is the best clue to that.
A short-lived series that ran five issues in 1976. Gaspar lettered just the first page of the story, as Marvel often asked him to do at the time, I think hoping to increase sales to browsers. His character logo is better than the one on the cover in my opinion.
Another first page by Gaspar with a fine title and sound effects, and I like the script in the credits. Gaspar always put in the name of the person lettering the rest of the story when he knew it.
Jack Kirby returned to his Fantastic Four character for the first twelve issues of this 1977-1979 series. Saladino’s display lettering is featured in the bottom blurb.
Several styles of display lettering, including brushwork on BEWARE, add interest to this blurb.
After Kirby left the series didn’t last long, even with Saladino cover lettering on the final issue…
…and on the first page of the story inside. Again I think Gaspar’s take on the character’s name in this title would have made a better cover logo than what they used.
This series lasted only four issues in 1972-73, and Gaspar lettered just this cover. I love the creative A in KRAKEN.
This war title ran nine issues in 1972-73, Gaspar lettered just this story page for it. The title adds excitement.
This licensed series ran eight issues in 1972-74. Saladino lettered just this cover, though he also did the logo.
Most of this series was lettered by Jim Novak, but Gaspar filled in on one issue.
A Jack Kirby series that ran 19 issues from 1976 to 1978. Gaspar lettered only the first issue, and his title is a study in effective title design. Too bad he didn’t letter more of them.
I almost missed this title, as it fell outside Saladino’s usual year range at Marvel, but he did continue to do some work for editor Archie Goodwin including three short stories for this magazine-sized anthology, a mix of black and white and full color sections. While I’m sure Gaspar lettered this at his usual size, it seems smaller probably because the art was larger than standard comics art.
This one made me a bit sad, as the art is by my friend Neal McPheeters, who passed a few years ago. I’ve never seen it. Neal did the story title.
The last one is a story called “The Sword of Sh’rlii” by Paty Cockrum (script and art).
To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on these covers:
ADVENTURES ON THE PLANET OF THE APES 5-6
THE ADVENTURES OF KOOL-AID MAN 2 (front and back)
BLACK PANTHER 7, 12, 15
THE CAT 3
DOC SAVAGE 4
That’s 11 in all. Below are the details of his story lettering.
THE ADVENTURES OF KOOL-AID MAN #2 1984: 33pp
AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST 1991-2 #1: 23pp, #2: 20pp, #3: 21pp
ARRGH! #3 May 1975: page 1 only
THE A-TEAM #2 April 1984: 22pp
BLACK GOLIATH #1 Feb 1976: page 1 only
BLACK GOLIATH #3 June 1976: page 1 only
BLACK PANTHER #15 May 1979: page 1 only
COMBAT KELLY #8 Aug 1973: page 1 only
ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN #8 March 1987: 33pp
THE ETERNALS #1 July 1976: 17pp
EPIC ILLUSTRATED #23 April 1984: Ventriloquist 6pp
EPIC ILLUSTRATED #27 Dec 1984: Duet 9pp
EPIC ILLUSTRATED #31 Aug 1985: Sword of Sh’rlii 6pp
That’s 195 pages in all. More articles in this series and others you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.