GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER SUPER TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #2, Dec 1975-Jan 1976

You might well ask: after SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN FAMILY, SUPERBOY and SUPERGIRL, what’s left? There are a few I haven’t covered yet. This title ran 15 issues from 1975 to 1978. It was an attempt to ride on the coattails of other DC “Family” titles, and was largely a reprint book early on, with some original content later. Gaspar Saladino lettered a few of the covers, beginning with the one above. Actually, I think all his fine lettering is the best thing on the cover.

From SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #4, April-May 1976

I like this cover better because the art in the upper image expands out of the box and over the logo, adding depth and drawing in the eye. I find the trade dress and logo too large and busy, but Saladino’s captions are great, using a variety of effective styles.

From SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #9, Feb-March 1977

One cover image works better, and the trade dress is also better here. New content was being promoted in Gaspar’s top blurb, and all three work well.

From SUPER-TEAM FAMILY #15, March-April 1978

The final issue gets it right, with a smaller logo, great art, and an intriguing new story, but it was too late to save the book. Gaspar did his best on the captions.

From SUPER POWERS #1, Sept 1985

SUPER POWERS was a Kenner toy line of DC characters that the publisher supported with three mini-series in 1984-86, including some of the last art by Jack Kirby for the company. Gaspar did nothing for the first mini, but lettered covers for the second and third. His burst on this cover is small but dynamic, and no one lettered DARKSEID better.

From SUPER POWERS #3, Nov 1985

Fine scary lettering by Saladino in this caption.

From SUPER POWERS #6, Feb 1986

Here Gaspar letters DARKSEID again differently but with equal appeal, as his blurbs add excitement and drama.

From SUPER POWERS #1, Sept 1986

The third mini-series has less effective cover art because it’s framed and made smaller, and Saladino’s balloons and blurbs are also smaller and less effective.

From SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #84, Dec 1998

This was a Superman spin-off that was popular and had a long run, but Saladino did no cover lettering for it, and lettered just two stories, so I’ve include them here. His skill with titles had lost none of its power even this late in his career almost 50 years after he’d begun. The W in WITHIN is unique.

From SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #92, Sept 1999

I also love the title on this story.

From SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1, June 1998

This was a one-shot, this seems the best place to put it.

From SUPERMAN VILLAINS SECRET FILES #1, July 1998

And another one. Another great Gaspar title.

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

SUPER-TEAM FAMILY: 2, 4, 6, 9, 15

SUPER POWERS (1985): 1, 3-6

SUPER POWERS (1986): 1-3

That’s 13 in all. Details of the story lettering is below.

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #84 Dec 1998: 22pp

SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL #92 Sept 1999: 22pp

SUPERMAN: LOIS #1 June 1998: 22pp

SUPERMAN VILLAINS SECRET FILES #1 July 1998: 22pp

That’s a total of 88 pages. More articles in this series and others you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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