GASPAR SALADINO in SAVAGE & SKULL

All images © Marvel. From SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1, Aug 1974

This post combines Gaspar Saladino work from three sword and sorcery titles. The first, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, I think was the longest-running of Marvel’s magazine-size black and white comics. Gaspar lettered two stories for it, this is the first. I think he designed the Red Sonja character logo as well as lettering this story, which was reprinted in color in MARVEL FEATURE #1.

From SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #34, Oct 1978

On this longer story from a few years later, Gaspar may have been requested by his friend, penciler Carmine Infantino. I love the ICE treatment in the title.

From SAVAGE TALES #2, Oct 1973

SAVAGE TALES came first, but did not last very long. For the second issue, the main story was the brilliant “Red Nails” with art by Barry Windsor-Smith. He also did some of the lettering including the title page, but pages 2-9 and 15-21 were lettered by Saladino. This is page two.

From SAVAGE TALES #10, May 1975

Gaspar also lettered just the first page of this Shanna the She-Devil story. Great title and sound effects. There were no printed lettering credits on these black and white books.

From SKULL THE SLAYER #2, Nov 1975

Writer Marv Wolfman and artist Steve Gan created their own barbarian hero for this book, which lasted just eight issues. Gaspar lettered this one cover. He does a good job of fitting the top blurb into the tight space available.

From SKULL THE SLAYER #4, March 1976

Saladino also lettered the first page only of five stories for the book, this is the first. His balloon lettering is a little smaller than usual here, so I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I believe it’s by him, and the rest of the story lettered by Irv Watanabe looks different.

From SKULL THE SLAYER #5, May 1976

The title on this page is classic Gaspar work, great contrast between the three styles. Gaspar was often hired by Marvel to do these because of his talent and the energy in the work.

From SKULL THE SLAYER #6, July 1976

The large title on this story reminds me a bit of Gaspar’s SWAMP THING logo, though it’s mostly different, but the inner texture is similar.

From SKULL THE SLAYER #7, Sept 1976

The bottom line of this story title is done like a logo, but perhaps the telescoping is too deep. IN THE is press-down type.

From SKULL THE SLAYER #8, Nov 1976

I like this title better, great use of lower case letters.

To sum up, I found Saladino lettering on one cover: SKULL THE SLAYER #2. Below are the details of his story lettering.

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1: 10pp

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #34: 25pp

SAVAGE TALES #2: 15pp

SAVAGE TALES #10: page 1 only

SKULL THE SLAYER, page one only on these issues: 4-8.

That’s a total of 56 pages. More articles in this series and others you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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