GASPAR SALADINO Passes Away At 89

Page from "Arkham Asylum"
Credit: Dave McKean / Gasper Saladino (DC Comics)
Credit: DC Comics

Iconic letterer/designer Gaspar Saladino passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016, according to former DC Comics Publisher Paul Levitz. Actively working in comic books for 62 years, the Brooklyn-born artist lettered countless comic books including Arkham Asylum, and either designed or re-designed the logos for Avengers, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing, Metal Men, House of Mystery, and others.

"My words never looked better than when rendered in the careful calligraphy of Gaspar Saladino, and if I must say farewell to him, I won't do it referring to him by his most frequent but inadequate title of 'letterer." Gaspar was an artist with design, creating logotypes that have endured and influence, ads that sent us running to the newsstand, and what he did with 'simple' sound effects or words in balloons," said Levitz. "His work on Len Wein & Bernie Wrightson's Swamp Thing run established a new level for what lettering could do to add to storytelling in periodical American comics, bringing more drama with his innovative style."

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