GASPAR SALADINO in R.E.B.E.L.S.

All images © DC Comics. From R.E.B.E.L.S. #0, Oct 1994

From 1994 to 1996, DC published R.E.B.E.L.S., a spinoff of L.E.G.I.O.N., itself a spinoff of LEGION OF SUPERHEROES. Both books with names made of initials used a “’94” year tagline that changed with the year, but the numbering continued throughout, so I’m going to ignore that. The franchise was popular, and Gaspar Saladino lettered all except one of the 18 issues, but none of the covers. This page from the first issue, #0, has great sound effects, a burst balloon, and a caption using upper and lower case, all well done. The images I have for this series are not the best, and the actual comics may look better.

From R.E.B.E.L.S. #2, Dec 1994

The colors on these images are oversaturated and too dark, so for instance the sound effect here is hard to read.

From R.E.B.E.L.S. #5, March 1995

A different style of caption was called for on this page, and Gaspar used Art Deco letter shapes for them.

From R.E.B.E.L.S. #8, June 1995

If you wanted lettering that would enhance an action sequence, Gaspar was a fine choice. On this page the sound effects, rough balloon borders, and display lettering are full of energy.

From R.E.B.E.L.S. #12, Oct 1995

More Saladino sound effects, never mind that you wouldn’t hear them in space, this is comics.

From R.E.B.E.L.S. #17, March 1996

And one big sound effect on this page with added texture. I don’t know that the airbrushed color style works well with it, but it reads fine.

Here are the details on Saladino’s story lettering for the book, all full-issue stories.

#0 Oct 1994: 24pp

#1 Nov 1994: 24pp

#2 Dec 1994: 24pp

#3 Jan 1995: 24pp

#4 Feb 1995: 24pp

#5 March 1995: 25pp

#6 April 1995: 24pp

#7 May 1995: 24pp

#8 June 1995: 24pp

#10 Aug 1995: 22pp

#11 Sept 1995: 22pp

#12 Oct 1995: 22pp

#13 Nov 1995: 22pp

#14 Dec 1995: 22pp

#15 Jan 1996: 22pp

#16 Feb 1996: 22pp

#17 March 1996: 22pp

That’s a total of 393 pages on this book. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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