This article collects all the W titles from DC Comics which had only a small amount of Gaspar Saladino lettering, nearly all of it on covers. The series above ran 24 issues from 1972-1975, and Saladino lettered three of the covers as well as designing the logo. On this one only the words BLUE FLAME are lettered, the rest is type, probably set by Gaspar on the DC headline machine.
The same plan was followed on this cover with only EVIL POWER lettered by Gaspar. I find that much more interesting than the type in front of it, but perhaps Saladino was trying to expand his options by using type.
Here the top line and the balloons are lettered, with the latter having larger display lettering to add drama.
DC Comics had a long tradition of movie and TV tie-in comics, and this is one that ran just ten issues. Three were lettered by Saladino. I love the large question mark in the bottom blurb.
I thought the art and stories on the book were fun, and here Gaspar’s burst points out the important detail.
A four-issue miniseries, I did the logo, Gaspar provided THIS IS above it, which was used again on issues 2 and 3.
For the last issue, he did a different top line.
This was an attempt to reuse material from THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS from a few years earlier, changing the names, hairstyles and fashion choices. Gaspar did the logo and top line as well as the balloon, and probably the sign lettering.
Saladino lettered all the covers, the book lasted only four issues. Here his balloon shapes are odd, I suspect some have been redone poorly by whoever put together the cover in the DC production department.
Another four-issue miniseries. The cover blurbs all followed the same style with just the chapter number and story title changing. I think this first one is by Saladino, his style of R in SECRETS is the clue. He might have done the ones on issues 2 and 3, but I’m not sure, so I won’t count them. I did the one on issue 4.
Finally we have this one inside story lettered by Saladino for a Legion of Super-Heroes spinoff that ran 13 issues. Unfortunately the dark color obscures his fine story title. There were 24 pages.
To sum up, here are the covers with Saladino lettering:
WEIRD MYSTERY TALES: 3, 9, 12
WELCOME BACK, KOTTER: 3, 6-7
WILD DOG: 1, 4
WINDY AND WILLY: 1-4
THE WORLD OF SMALLVILLE: 1
That’s 13 in all. More articles in this series and others you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.