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Continuing my ongoing series about the cover lettering of Danny Crespi at Marvel Comics, mostly from 1974-1979. Photocopies of saved cover lettering from Danny’s files were compiled into a collection by letterer and friend Phil Felix during the 1980s when he worked with Danny on staff at Marvel, and Phil sent me copies. This time I’ll look at pages 53 to 56. Page 53, above, is all by Danny Crespi. Sources follow.
“Man-Elephant” from SAVAGE SHE-HULK #17, June 1981. Late for Danny, and the top line is typeset, but the open letters are Danny’s. As Stuart Moore said about this one, “I don’t know if I actually want to Make Way for the Man-Elephant. Perhaps the Man-Elephant could take a different route?”
“The Nightmare Box” from MAN-THING #20, Aug. 1975. The caption under the logo is also on this page. Note that the line “Because you demanded it” must have been pasted separately on the original lettering, and is missing.
“Turmoil in the Time-Stream” from THOR #243, Jan. 1976. This one looks great with a red caption box fill, but I hate the way it’s pasted over Thor’s foot. I would have made it a little smaller and moved it left.
“Slave to the Power Imperious” from IRON MAN #75, June 1975. This one was hard to find because they removed a letter from IMPERVIOUS on Danny’s original to make it IMPERIOUS. Funny how it works either way. Thanks to Michael Styborski for finding it.
“Weathermen” from AVENGERS #210, Aug. 1981. Things that indicate this is by Gaspar to me: the TH joined twice in the top line the low indent on the right side of the R in WEATHERMEN and the line shading in that word.
“A Princess Alone” from STAR WARS #30, Dec. 1979. Jim Novak was the best at imitating Gaspar Saladino, and even copied some of Gaspar’s personal style points like the low indent on the right side of the R here, but the shape of the letter S, among others, is not like anything else Gaspar did, so that’s why I’m guessing it’s by Novak.
“Mr. Danger” from EVEL KNIEVEL #1, a rare custom comic from Marvel with cover lettering by Gaspar Saladino. Two style points that suggest this: the dry-brush work on PERILOUS, and in the other burst balloon on the cover, a very Gaspar sort of burst, unlike what Crespi did.
More of these when I have time to research them. Previous parts in this series, and other articles you might enjoy are on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog.