GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER N TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From NIGHT FORCE #1, Aug 1982

This article collects Gaspar Saladino work from three DC Comics titles that didn’t have enough to support a separate article. First up is NIGHT FORCE, above, for which Gaspar did a fine logo and two burst captions (the top line was part of the logo). The dark color in the open letters makes some of them hard to read, especially SPECTACULAR, but that wasn’t Saladino’s choice.

From NIGHT FORCE #11, June 1983

For this cover, Gaspar did a new top line in a similar scary style to the previous one.

From NIGHT FORCE #13, Aug 1983

The Saladino blurb on this cover is more like his superhero comics work, and it effectively adds excitement to the image. I’m not sure if the arrow was cut off on most covers, or if that’s just the way this image was cropped.

From THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CHAN #2, July-Aug 1958

In 1958, DC licensed comics rights to a Charlie Chan TV show, and Julius Schwartz edited the short-lived series of six issues. Several stories were lettered by Gaspar, and his work is similar to what he was doing on other Schwartz titles like THE FLASH. I like the textured letters of MUMMY.

From THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CHAN #5, Jan-Feb 1959

On this story page, Saladino added some advertising signs. The balloon lettering varies from slightly italic to more italic, and all works fine.

From 9-11 – THE WORLD’S FINEST COMIC BOOK WRITERS AND ARTISTS TELL STORIES TO REMEMBER #2, April 2002

Finally, we have this brief story in the large anthology put out by DC to remember the 9-11 attacks and help raise money for the victims.

To sum up, I found Saladino cover lettering on NIGHT FORCE #1, 11, 13-14, four in all. Below are the story lettering details for these comics.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CHAN

#2 July-Aug 1958: 10pp (story 2)

#3 Sept-Oct 1958: 11pp, 14pp

#5 Jan-Feb 1959: 16pp, 10pp

9-11 #2 April 2002: 4pp

That’s a total of 65 pages. More articles in this series and others you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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