Must Read: Todd Klein on Gaspar Saladino and 80s DC

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Historian letterer Todd Klein has the essential obit for Gaspar Saladino, pointing out how influential he was in so many things. Maybe Gaspar will be the first letterer in the Eisner Hall of Fame.

When I started working at DC in 1977 I was blown away seeing and working with Gaspar’s lettering in person, such as the examples above. I learned a lot from the work of other letterers, but Gaspar was the one who constantly impressed me. At that time, Gaspar would come into the DC offices once a week to turn in work and pick up new assignments. He was doing lots of cover lettering and quite a bit of story page lettering regularly, and logo designs from time to time. Gaspar was always smiling and friendly, with a hearty laugh. Traces of Brooklyn remained in his voice, and he talked and joked with everyone. He was friendly and polite, a gentleman. I got to know him, and liked the person as much as the work. When he would sit down to do corrections or last minute cover lettering in the production room, I would sneak glances to see how he was doing what he did. I never actually asked him to show me how to do anything, but I absorbed what I could from those brief looks and the work itself. Gaspar was testy at times about the fact that so many letterers tried to copy his work, but he needn’t have worried. We could never copy his innate brilliance and talent. Many letterers at the time were trying to imitate Gaspar, with Jim Novak at Marvel perhaps getting the closest.


Speaking of Klein, he finished, his recollection of the 80s DC offices, a stunning look at the fashion, history and customs of the Bronze Age. Here’s the complete list:

THE DC COMICS OFFICES 1982-1991 Part 1

THE DC COMICS OFFICES 1982-1991 Part 2


THE DC COMICS OFFICES 1982-1991 Part 3


THE DC COMICS OFFICES 1982-1991 Part 4


THE DC COMICS OFFICES 1982-1991 Part 5


THE DC COMICS OFFICES 1982-1991 Part 6


If you dig through You’ll find some gems, like this photo fo Scott “Understanding Comis” MCCloud during his brief stint in the DC Bullpen. Also Mark Waid, the editor, forgotten women of comics history and much much more. Great stuff,

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Comments

  1. says

    Anyone who reads that and DOESN”T vote Gaspar into the HoF — well, that would just be strange, and sad. It’s just too bad they didn’t think to do it before we lost him. (I can think of two or three letterers still with us who deserve similar honors, by the way, and Klein is definitely one of them.)

  2. Roj says

    I whole heartedly agree. Both Gaspar and Todd should be Hall of Famers. for their years of wonderful work.

    I’m not familiar with Gaspar’s logo designs. It would be great to see something on the ones he did.

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