GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER S TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #5, June-July 1972

If you’ve been following this series of articles about Gaspar Saladino lettering in DC Comics, you may have realized that there were far more titles beginning with S than any other letter, and this post gathers all the ones with just a few instances of Gaspar’s work. We begin with cover lettering, and he did just three for the title above, which was retitled from SINISTER HOUSE OF SECRET LOVE with this issue, and ran 14 issues under this name. Then a new similar series began, SECRETS OF HAUNTED HOUSE, which I’ve already covered. Gaspar did the logo and the bottom blurb using his scary styles effectively.

From SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #17, April-May 1974

Type was often used on the series as well, but the word balloons and large bottom blurb here are by Saladino.

From SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #18, June-July 1974

The last issue, and I think the best cover, with Saladino’s sign and bottom banner caption helping make it scary. I agree with the change from SINISTER to HAUNTED for the following series, it’s easier to understand.

From SECRETS OF THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1, Jan 1981

This was a three-issue miniseries, and for the logo I was asked to make my already too long title even longer. My solution was quite odd, what was I thinking? All three covers have lots of fine Saladino lettering, fortunately. On this one I particularly like his treatment of CLASSIC.

From SECRETS OF THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #2, Feb 1981

Block letters were called for on the book cover, but Gaspar always added a few unique touches to make them more interesting. Here it’s the joined TH and the very subtle extension of the right leg of the G.

From SECRETS OF THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #3, March 1981

Gaspar’s top line here makes a great fuss over the predictable final issue of a three-issue series. The bottom blurb has an odd burst shape around it that almost looks like a large piece of ceiling plaster that Superboy is standing on, but it conveys the message.

From SEEKERS INTO THE MYSTERY #1, Jan 1996

This was a Vertigo series for which Gaspar lettered all but one issue. It deserves a separate entry, but I found it late, so I’m just putting it here. Great work on the title and credits.

From SEEKERS INTO THE MYSTERY #6, July 1996

A more typical first page from Saladino.

From SPANNER’S GALAXY #1, Dec 1984

This six-issue series had Saladino cover lettering on all, here simply a single word at bottom right with thick rough edges to read well. The logo is another of mine I like better.

From SPANNER’S GALAXY #2, Jan 1985

Four words in this blurb, and Gaspar has made two of them stand out with special treatments. I suspect there should have been a comma after RIVERS.

From SPANNER’S GALAXY #5, April 1985

In this blurb, two contrasting styles work well together to add to the drama.

From SPIRAL ZONE #2, March 1988

This was a four-issue toy line tie-in, DC did a lot of them in the 1980s. Saladino lettered two of the covers. This one has great display lettering, though ZONE RIDERS is hard to read because of the dark color fill, not his choice.

From SPIRAL ZONE #3, April 1988

The second balloon on this cover is so unexpected and creative! If I were the artist, writer, or editor, I would have loved it. I love it anyway!

From STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #1, Sept-Oct 1973

Editor Julius Schwartz had tried to get this as a series in the 1960s with several SHOWCASE appearances, but was unsuccessful. Finally in 1973 it was given a chance, but only lasted six issues. My guess is that superhero readers weren’t interested and sports fans weren’t comics readers, or were also not interested. Gaspar’s impressive logo and large burst helped promote it, and he lettered all the covers.

From STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #3, Jan-Feb 1974

Fine burst blurbs on this cover, and the images are indeed strange.

From STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #6, July-Aug 1974

Perhaps the idea is too specific, and in these examples kind of silly. Saladino’s blurbs try to make it work.

From SWORD OF SORCERY #1, Feb-March 1973

This is a short-lived series I loved, from when DC was trying licensed characters from science fiction and fantasy like these from writer Fritz Leiber. Conan was selling well at Marvel, and DC thought this similar book might work, but it only lasted five issues. Again, Gaspar’s logo and cover lettering made it look intriguing.

From SWORD OF SORCERY #3, July-Aug 1973

Great covers, great stories, but they didn’t find an audience, at least not quickly enough, and DC was not patient at this time.

From SWORD OF SORCERY #5, Nov-Dec 1973

Perhaps the best of all, and the best Saladino caption too.

From SCOOBY DOO #1, Aug 1997

The first issue of this cartoon tie-in is an unlikely place to find Saladino lettering, but there it is, and I find the title wonderful. This was his only work for the series.

From SLEEPY HOLLOW (no number), Jan 2000

This was a horror film adaptation, a story loosely based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Gaspar’s sound effects are amazing.

From SPEED FORCE #1, Nov 1997

Saladino lettered just the first issue of the Flash spinoff series, and once again hits it out of the park on the title.

From SWORD OF THE ATOM #2, Oct 1983

This was a miniseries that brought new attention to the Silver Age character The Atom by giving it a sword and sorcery feel. Gaspar lettered just the second issue. I’ll stop gushing over his titles with this fine one, and I’m finished anyway.

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

SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE: 5, 17-18

SECRETS OF THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: 1-3

SPANNER’S GALAXY: 1-6

SPIRAL ZONE: 2-3

STRANGE SPORTS STORIES: 1-6

SWORD OF SORCERY: 1, 3-5

That’s 24 in all. Below are the details of the story lettering covered here.

SCOOBY DOO 1 Aug 1997: 16pp (first story)

SEEKERS INTO THE MYSTERY 1996-97: issues 1-9, 11-15 24pp each

SLEEPY HOLLOW Jan 2000: 64pp

SPEED FORCE 1 Nov 1997: 14pp, 8pp

SWORD OF THE ATOM 2 Oct 1983: 23pp

That’s a total of 461 pages. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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