GASPAR SALADINO in SPIDER-WOMAN and SPIDEY SUPER STORIES

All images © Marvel. From SPIDER-WOMAN #12, March 1979

This spin-off title ran 50 issues from 1978 to 1983. Gaspar Saladino lettered a few covers and first story pages for it. The one above has his typical scary letters with texture on BROTHERS GRIMM, and notice the triple outline on the round blurb, I don’t think anyone else was doing that.

From SPIDER-WOMAN #13, April 1979

Both these blurbs have Gaspar styles in them, with PLUS in a banner a typical one on the lower blurb.

From SPIDER-WOMAN #14, May 1979

More Saladino letter shapes on this blurb, and there are similar S shapes here and on the previous cover.

From SPIDER-WOMAN #14, May 1979

The creative shapes in CULTS are Saladino having fun, and there’s lots of other great lettering by him. Marvel used him on these first pages to sell comics to browsers, I think.

From SPIDER-WOMAN #21, Dec 1979

By this time, Jim Novak was also doing some page one lettering, but this story title is definitely by Gaspar.

From SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #2, Nov 1974

This series, which ran 57 issues from 1974 to 1982, was a smart attempt to engage younger readers and pull them into reading Marvel comics. The word balloon is definitely by Gaspar, I’m less sure about the caption, but Saladino was flexible and happy to change styles to match any idea, so it could well be by him.

From SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #10, July 1975

The covers were usually full of type and dominated by the large trade dress area at the top. Many had typeset story titles like this one. The bottom blurb sure looks like the work of Saladino, though it might be someone else imitating him. I’ll call it for Gaspar.

From SPIDER SUPER STORIES #14, Dec 1975

The thin outlines on the open letters of this bottom blurb suggest Gaspar to me. I don’t think he did the sound effects.

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

SPIDER-WOMAN: 12-14

SPIDEY SUPER STORIES: 2, 10, 14

That’s six in all. Below are the details of his story lettering.

SPIDER-WOMAN page 1 only: 14, 21, two in all.

Other articles in this series are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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