GASPAR SALADINO in OTHER W TITLES

All images © DC Comics. From WEIRD MYSTERY TALES #3, Nov-Dec 1972

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.

From WEIRD MYSTERY TALES #9, Dec 1973-Jan 1974

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.

From WEIRD MYSTERY TALES #12, June-July 1974

Here the top line and the balloons are lettered, with the latter having larger display lettering to add drama.

From WELCOME BACK, KOTTER #3, March 1977

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.

From WELCOME BACK, KOTTER #6, Sept 1977

I thought the art and stories on the book were fun, and here Gaspar’s burst points out the important detail.

From WILD DOG #1, Sept 1987

A four-issue miniseries, I did the logo, Gaspar provided THIS IS above it, which was used again on issues 2 and 3.

From WILD DOG #4, Dec 1987

For the last issue, he did a different top line.

From WINDY AND WILLY #1, May-June 1969

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.

From WINDY AND WILLY #4, Nov-Dec 1969

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.

From THE WORLD OF SMALLVILLE #1, April 1988

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.

From WRATH OF THE SPECTRE #4, Aug 1988

And one more miniseries, this one full of reprinted stories except in this case. There was no cover lettering on the first three issues, Gaspar did this fine blurb for the final issue.

From THE WANDERERS #8, Winter 1988

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

WRATH OF THE SPECTRE: 4

That’s 14 in all. More articles in this series and others you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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