GASPAR SALADINO in THE QUESTION

All images © DC Comics. From THE QUESTION #10, Nov 1987

The Question was created by Steve Ditko for Charlton Comics, and was one of the properties DC bought when Charlton folded. In 1987 a monthly series began written by Dennis O’Neil with art by Denys Cowan and Rick Magyar and covers by Cowan and Bill Sinkiewicz. Gaspar Saladino lettered the stories in all but one of the first twelve issues as well as two covers. The first is above, a variety of styles on the postcards. It’s a challenge to do this kind of thing and make them all different, but it was no problem for Gaspar.

From THE QUESTION #20, Sept 1988

His other cover lettering also had appealing variety on pennants, stretched captions, and at the bottom with lower case and circus styles. Most covers in this series had no lettering, or used type.

From THE QUESTION #1, Feb 1987

The first page of the first issue includes a credit scroll with Gaspar’s favorite way of crediting himself, just his first name in script. Note how he adds interest with the ragged border on the first caption.

From THE QUESTION #3, April 1987

The story title on this issue uses angular open upper and lower case letters that add interest and show Saladino’s versatility.

From THE QUESTION #5, June 1987

There wasn’t much call for special styles or sound effects on this series, but here Gaspar does fine display lettering in the burst, and there are other small creative touches like the treatment of the first letter in the first caption.

From THE QUESTION #8, Sept 1987

This style of Oriental lettering is not liked by Asians today, but there’s no denying the power of the design by Gaspar.

From THE QUESTION #12, Jan 1988

On this page from Gaspar’s final story lettering he does a nice job with the billboard. The balloon in the third panel is by someone else, probably whichever production artist did corrections on the pages, as it’s likely a late addition.

To sum up, Saladino did cover lettering for two issues, 10 and 20. Below are the details for his story lettering.

#1 Feb 1987: 28pp

#3 April 1987: 27pp

#4 May 1987: 27pp

#5 June 1987: 27pp

#6 July 1987: 27pp

#7 Aug 1987: 27pp

#8 Sept 1987: 27pp

#9 Oct 1987: 27pp

#10 Nov 1987: 27pp

#11 Dec 1987: 27pp

#12 Jan 1988: 27pp

That’s a total of 298 pages. Other articles in this series and more you might like are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.

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