Gaspar Saladino, American comic letterer, Died at 89


Gaspar Saladino was born on September 1, 1926, and died on August 3, 2016.

He was an American letterer and logo designer.

Gaspar worked for over 50 years in the comic book industry, mostly for DC Comics.

He eventually went by one name, “Gaspar,” which he wrote in his trademark calligraphy.

As of the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Gaspar Saladino did the titles, lettering, and sound effects for all DC Comics covers.

Briefly, in the 1970s, he was also “page-one letterer” for many Marvel Comics books.

He was recognised for the distinctive lettering work he did for DC’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Dave McKean), giving characters their own fonts, and lending the Joker’s dialogue a wild, ink-spattered manic intensity.

Himself and his wife were living on Long Island, in New York, at least until as recently as autumn 2012.

During April 2013, Gaspar was named the honorary chief of the Plainview, New York, Fire Department as a 50-year member.

Gaspar Saladino passed away at 89 years old.