> Richard Starkings' Five Favorite Silver Age Letterers
Richard Starkings' Five Favorite Silver Age Letterers
5. Ben Oda Oda's clean and precise
lettering style paved the way for
Orzechowski's almost too-perfect
lettering style. Oda's letters caught my
eye because they were reminiscent to
me of an English letterer called Bill
Nuttall whose work was a major
influence on me and who got me my
4. Gaspar Saladino The master and
originator of the more elaborate DC
style of lettering. I'm told that Gaspar
had a stone on which he would grind
down the nibs he used for lettering and
so create the perfect point for his line.
Todd Klein, Bill Oakley and others who
seek to letter in his style have been
described as "kissing the Gaspar
3. Sam Rosen His loose and easy display
lettering style has been imitated by letterers
ever since, but never equaled.
Sam and Artie Simek created the Marvel lettering style which influenced everyone who followed in their footsteps, including Orzechowski, Rick Parker and myself.
2. Artie Simek The first letterer I noticed using
"drop caps" in caption boxes. Even though this
caught my eye, his work was complementary
and never distracting.
1. Dennis Collins The Silver Age letterer
you've never heard of -- Dennis Collins
was, for twenty-six years, the cartoonist
of the UK newspaper strip, THE
PERISHERS from the late fifties through
to the eighties. His crisp and clear
lettering was full of character and
innovation. More than anything else, it
was Collins' work that inspired me to
pick up a pen and try my hand at
cartooning and lettering.
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