GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER MARVEL TITLES

All images © Marvel. From MARVEL ADVENTURE #1, Dec 1975

Among Marvel books from the 1970s, by far the most begin with the word MARVEL, and this article collects Gaspar Saladino work on those with only a one or a few examples each. Many were reprint titles. This one ran six issues in 1975-76. The caption at upper left is by Morrie Kuramoto from the original DAREDEVIL cover, Gaspar did the burst and lower caption. This often happened with reprinted covers, the original lettering was retained and some new lettering was added.

From MARVEL COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #3, 1978

This was a magazine-size comic, larger dimensions, but full color, that ran four issues in 1977-78. This issue was an adaptation of the hit film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” with the story lettered entirely by Saladino. More evidence that he was often called on for high-profile projects at this time.

From MARVEL DOUBLE FEATURE #7, Dec 1974

This reprint title ran 21 issues from 1973 to 1977. Some covers were reprints, but this one is new with new Saladino lettering.

From MARVEL DOUBLE FEATURE #13, Dec 1975

Another new one with fine Jack Kirby/Frank Giacoia art and Gaspar lettering. His dry-brush work on BERSERK is a clear indication of that.

From MARVEL FANFARE #49, Feb 1990

Gaspar lettered just one issue of this long-running series featuring new material using his favorite pen name made from the names of his children.

From MARVEL FEATURE #10, July 1973

MARVEL FEATURE had two short runs, this is from the first. Gaspar hand-lettered everything here except DOCTOR NEMESIS, which is probably press-down type that he sometimes used for variety.

From MARVEL FEATURE #4, May 1976

The second series was home for Red Sonja, and I think Gaspar designed her logo, though the subtitle is type, as well as adding drama to this cover with his dynamic balloons.

From MARVEL FEATURE #6, Sept 1976

He also lettered this cover, where his rough, scary styles are used in the caption.

From MARVEL PRESENTS #5, June 1976

This series ran twelve issues from 1975 to 1977, and had new stories featuring The Guardians of the Galaxy for most of them. Gaspar did page one lettering on this issue, the rest was by the credited letterer, Karen Mantlo. His story title manages to balance on the boundary between humor and drama effectively.

From MARVEL PRESENTS #6, Aug 1976

This one is more serious even though the art seems a bit silly. Gaspar gives it gravitas.

From MARVEL PREVIEW #4, Jan 1976

This title was magazine size with black and white interiors, running 24 issues from 1975 to 1980. Gaspar lettered the entire second story in this issue. I think he just inked artist Ed Hannigan’s logo and story title, though.

From MARVEL PREVIEW #8, Sept 1976

Gaspar lettered only the first page of this story, the final one in the issue, which seems like an odd place for him, but perhaps this story was originally going to be the first one. I love the title.

From MARVEL PREVIEW #9, Nov 1976

Here’s an even odder use of Gaspar’s talent, he lettered just the final page of this adaptation of Philip Wylie’s “Gladiator,” considered one of the inspirations for Superman. I can’t think of a good reason to use him here, there isn’t even a story title.

From MARVEL SPECTACULAR #1, Aug 1973

In addition to the logo, Saladino lettered the balloons and blurbs on this cover. I like the angular Greek-style letters in the rectangular caption.

From MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #9, Feb 1973

This reprint title had a healthy run of 47 issues from 1972 to 1979. In addition to designing the logo (but not the three bursts right of it), Gaspar lettered the blurbs on this cover, though part of the round one is type.

From MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #45, Dec 1978

The X-Men reprint in this issue had three new explanatory pages added, which were lettered by Gaspar.

From MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #41, March 1973

Finally we have this long-running Fantastic Four reprint title. Many of the covers were reprints too, but this one is new with new Gaspar lettering.

From THE INHUMANS (Marvel Graphic Novel #39), 1988

There are two more oversized comics I’m going to include here that are informally part of the MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL series. Marvel only numbered the first twenty of them, the rest are informally numbered, see THIS Wikipedia page. (Publishers seem to like to make things difficult for indexers!) This story with art by Bret Blevins looks great, and Gaspar’s lettering adds to that, though he only lettered pages 30 to 49 (if I’ve counted right), the rest is equally good work by Jim Novak.

From SPIDER-MAN: SPIRITS OF THE EARTH (Marvel Graphic Novel #63), 1990

Excellent art and story by Charles Vess on this one, and as you can see, Saladino’s lettering is again a fine addition.

To sum up I found Saladino lettering on these covers:

MARVEL ADVENTURE #1

MARVEL DOUBLE FEATURE #7, 13

MARVEL FEATURE #10 (first series), #4, 6 (second series)

MARVEL SPECTACULAR #1

MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #9

MARVEL’S GREATEST COMICS #41

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

MARVEL COMICS SUPER SPECIAL #3: 46pp

MARVEL FANFARE #49: 26pp

MARVEL PRESENTS #5: page 1 only

MARVEL PRESENTS #6: page 1 only

MARVEL PREVIEW #4: 19pp

MARVEL PREVIEW #8: page 1 only

MARVEL PREVIEW #9: page 52 only

MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION #45: 3pp

MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #39: 20pp (30-49)

MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #63: 70pp

That’s a total of 188 pages. More articles in this series and others you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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