This mild horror title ran 85 issues from 1969 to 1978. It was edited originally by Dick Giordano, then by Murray Boltinoff, and it followed the pattern of other similar DC titles like HOUSE OF MYSTERY, THE UNEXPECTED, and GHOSTS. At first it was full of short stories by DC veterans like Alex Toth, but over time it became dominated by art from The Phillippines, something DC did to keep costs down. Gaspar Saladino did the fine logo in the form of a giant word balloon, and he lettered many of the covers but just a few stories inside. His first cover above has a large balloon with large display lettering to add drama to this Neal Adams cover.
Nick Cardy’s covers were equally impressive, and here Gaspar’s rough burst balloon enhances the creepiness.
Most stories involved the supernatural, with the hosts being three witches, but as with all DC anthologies, other genres like science fiction turned up too. I like Saladino’s treatment of HAUNTED HOUSE, and this is a cover I would have bought if I’d seen it.
While there were few references to religious figures in DC Comics, I have to think Satan qualifies! Great bottom banner by Gaspar.
The treatment of the title in this caption is impressive, and ahead of its time. Gaspar’s use of dry brush was unequalled. I can imagine a logo in this style on a 1990s Vertigo comic.
Fine balloon and story title here by Saladino, and he also did the book lettering.
There’s another demon, and Gaspar’s bottom blurb pushes the evil theme well.
Over time the logo lost its word balloon, but the ideas were still creepy.
Unlike some DC anthologies, this one never had a continuing feature, it was always a collection of unrelated short stories, as Gaspar details here. The almost square word balloons are something he used occasionally.
These word balloons are about the same as what Saladino did on stories, but the stylish bottom blurb sells the concept.
Gaspar lettered two pages in the first issue of the series, imitating a style for the Three Witches pages set by Alex Toth, though this art is by Neal Adams.
Saladino’s story lettering was sporadic, and usually on art by veterans like Jerry Grandenetti here. His strong titles and wide, angular balloon lettering stand out.
The title on this story is huge and magnificent.
Another Grandenetti story with nice sound effects. The title was cancelled as part of the “DC Implosion” of 1978, but leftover inventory and even some new stories appeared in a sister title, THE UNEXPECTED, which became a larger book.
To sum up, these covers have Saladino lettering: 8, 12, 14-16, 18-26, 28, 30-32, 37, 40-41, 43, 45, 50-52, 54-55, 57, 59, 61-64, 66-69, 73-74, 77-79, 81, 83. That’s 44 in all. Below are the details of his story lettering.
#1 Feb-March 1969: Three Witches epilogue 2pp
#29 March 1973: A Time to Live–A Time to Die 8pp
#76 Jan 1978: The Man Who Bought Death 6pp
#79 April 1978: Beware the Killer Cactus 6pp
#81 June 1978: The Haunted Planet 6pp
#85 Oct 1978: Has Anybody Seen My Head? 6pp
That’s a total of 34 pages. Other articles in this series and more you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.