All images © DC Comics. From SILVERBLADE #1, Sept 1987

This article combines two unrelated titles which each have a substantial amount of story lettering by Gaspar Saladino, and the first one also features his cover lettering on a few issues. SILVERBLADE ran twelve issues in 1987-88, it was about a 1940s film star written by Cary Bates, and was right up artist Gene Colan’s alley. I did the logo, Gaspar did all the other fine lettering, which I don’t think was helped by the blue color hold, but it still looks okay.

From SILVERBLADE #4, Dec 1987

The book soon went off in odd directions, but Saladino’s caption helps sell it.

From SILVERBLADE #7, March 1988

Again the blue color hold on the blurb here does it no favors, and makes the last word hard to read, but the rest works okay.

From SILVERBLADE #1, Sept 1987

Gaspar did the inside lettering on issues 1 to 5, here including fine Art Deco movie poster work in the background, and a handsome title.

From SILVERBLADE #3, Nov 1987

On this page the credits retain the Art Deco style and the rest of the lettering uses some style points from Saladino’s earlier work like the circle behind the first letter in the first caption and some almost rectangular balloons.

From SKIN GRAFT #1, July 1993

SKIN GRAFT was a four-issue Vertigo series and Saladino lettered all the story pages, many of which include his fine display lettering like the one above.

From SKIN GRAFT #2, Aug 1993

Another example is in the letter on this page, not his usual style for handwriting nor for balloon lettering, but something else that probably took extra time.

From SKIN GRAFT #4, Dec 1993

As with most Vertigo titles, things got pretty weird, but Saladino was ready for any challenge.

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

SILVERBLADE #1, 4 & 7, three in all. Below are the details of his story lettering.

SILVERBLADE #1 Sept 1987: 32pp

#2 Oct 1987: 25pp

#3 Nov 1987: 25pp

#4 Dec 1987: 24pp

#5 Jan 1988: 24pp

SKIN GRAFT #1 July 1993: 24pp

#2 Aug 1993: 24pp

#3 Sept 1993: 24pp

#4 Oct 1993: 24pp

That’s a total of 226 pages. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.


  1. David Goldfarb

    Not directly related to the lettering, but as a boy who grew up in earthquake country, I find myself looking at that cliffside house in Silverblade #3 and shuddering. You couldn’t get me to live in that for any money.

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