Some time in 1999 or 2000 someone in DC’s design department asked me to recreate the lettering for this cover from 1971, beautifully crafted by Gaspar Saladino. DC was planning a replica edition but did not have the film negatives of this cover to reprint it from. All they had was a copy of the comic in a bound volume, probably a volume of 100-page Super Spectaculars, of which this was #5. They agreed to my rate, and sent me this color photocopy to work from. I scanned it and painstakingly traced all the lettering in Adobe Illustrator, or in the case of the type at the top, found the right font to match it.
I don’t recall how long it took, but I’m sure it took a long time! The ability to zoom in a ridiculous amount in Illustrator made it possible to match the original very closely. The rate must have made it worth while, though I don’t think I’d attempt this kind of job today. Life is too short. It’s always nice to have a chance to study the fine work of Gaspar Saladino, though. The curve of the lettering where it goes into the gutter took some adjusting, but I think it came out pretty good. The recreation was released in 2000.