GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER MARVEL A TO E

All images © Marvel. From ADVENTURES ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #5, April 1976

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.

From ADVENTURES ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #6, June 1976

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.

From THE ADVENTURES OF KOOL-AID MAN #2, 1984

This promotional comic was a mail-order giveaway and also an insert in several newspapers. Gaspar lettered the front and back covers…

From THE ADVENTURES OF KOOL-AID MAN #2, 1984

…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.

From AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST #2 Jan 1991

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.

From ARRGH! #3, May 1975

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.

From ARRGH! #3, May 1975

Inside the issue, Gaspar lettered just the first page of the lead story. His sound effects and title work are unmistakeable.

From THE A-TEAM #2, April 1984

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.

From BEWARE! #2, May 1973

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.

From BLACK GOLIATH #1, Feb 1976

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.

From BLACK GOLIATH #3, June 1976

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.

From BLACK PANTHER 7, Jan 1978

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.

From BLACK PANTHER #12, Nov 1978

Several styles of display lettering, including brushwork on BEWARE, add interest to this blurb.

From BLACK PANTHER #15, May 1979

After Kirby left the series didn’t last long, even with Saladino cover lettering on the final issue…

From BLACK PANTHER #15, May 1979

…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.

From THE CAT #3, April 1973

This series lasted only four issues in 1972-73, and Gaspar lettered just this cover. I love the creative A in KRAKEN.

From COMBAT KELLY #8, Aug 1973

This war title ran nine issues in 1972-73, Gaspar lettered just this story page for it. The title adds excitement.

From DOC SAVAGE #4, April 1973

This licensed series ran eight issues in 1972-74. Saladino lettered just this cover, though he also did the logo.

From ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN #8, March 1987

Most of this series was lettered by Jim Novak, but Gaspar filled in on one issue.

From THE ETERNALS #1, July 1976

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.

From EPIC ILLUSTRATED #23, April 1984

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.

From EPIC ILLUSTRATED #27, Dec 1984

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.

From EPIC ILLUSTRATED #31, Aug 1985

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)

ARRGH! 3

BEWARE! 2

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.

2 thoughts on “GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER MARVEL A TO E

  1. Nick Caputo

    Todd,

    The bottom balloon on the cover of Arrgh # 3 looks to me as though it was either rewritten or hastily added. Either way I think the words are lettered by Marvel’s long-time production man Morrie Kuramoto.

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