Here are a few biographical details about Danny from census records found by Alex Jay. In 1930 the family lived on Junius Street in Brooklyn. They were father Sam Crespi, mother Sarah Crespi, Daughter Rachel (age 9) and son Daniel (age about 4). Danny’s birth year is given as “about 1926.” His parents were born in Turkey. By the 1940 census, the family was living on Claremont Parkway in The Bronx. Rachel is now listed as Ray. Social Security records give Danny’s mother’s maiden name as Sarah Asher, and have a birth date for Danny of Feb. 13th, 1926. His date of death is given as May, 1985.
This time we’ll look at pages 13-16 of the collection of cover lettering assembled by Phil Felix.
I believe all this cover lettering is by Danny. There are several versions of BLACKOUT and MURDER, probably trying different things for the same cover. The wobbly border around “OUT OF YOUR MIND!” is a style we haven’t seen before. Note that all the balloon and caption borders are thick and a similar line weight. Below are the places these were used that I could identify.
“Over your dead body” from NOVA #14, Oct. 1977.
There are two versions of the words BLACKOUT and MURDER from the top blurb, the italic ones were used, the non-italic were not.. Nova #19, May 1978.
PAGE 14. The arrow at upper right is by Gaspar Saladino. Notice the O’s are less round and the S’s more angular. The arrow border is also thinner. I’m not sure who lettered the arrow below that with “LA OF OPAR” in it. Possibly Gaspar. The rest are by Danny Crespi, I believe. Here are the ones I can identify.
“La of Opar” from TARZAN #3, August 1977, but the version on the cover is different from the one on Page 14. The final version could be by Danny Crespi. Note that it was probably relettered to better fit the space available.
“Action” from JUNGLE ACTION #20, March 1976. This one might not be by Crespi, but if so I don’t know who lettered it.“Battle on a Busy Street!” from MACHINE MAN #4, July 1978. Dark green is not a great choice for open letters, but the light background helps it.
PAGE 16. “Eternity Lives” does not look like Danny Crespi’s work, and Tom Orzechowski suggests Irv Watanabe. (It’s too late for Sam Rosen, who would be my first guess.) I believe the rest are by Danny. Here are what I’ve found:
“Eternity Lives!” from DOCTOR STRANGE #10, Oct. 1975. The burst does not look like Danny Crespi’s work either. The letters are too narrow, and “supreme” should have gone on the third line. Tom Orzechowski writes: “Irv Watanabe did the cover blurbs for Doc Strange #12. He did solid but unadorned title work. Well designed, but no focus on variety.”
That wraps up this post, previous parts of the Danny Crespi Files can be found on the COMICS CREATION page of my blog. More when I have time to research them.