Richard Alan Starkings

Richard Starkings is a British comic book writer, editor, lettering artist, graphic designer and comic book font designer now residing in Tennessee. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of digital comic-book lettering, and is one of the most prolific creators in that industry.

Starkings' lettering style was originally inspired by British comic strip letterers Bill Nuttall and Tom Frame. His UK career began with lettering jobs for 2000 AD's Future Shocks and various strips in Warrior. From there he moved to Marvel UK where he lettered Zoids in Spider-Man Weekly and Transformers before becoming an editor of The Real Ghostbusters, Dragon's Claws, Death's Head, and The Sleeze Brothers in the late 1980s. However, by the beginning of the 1990s he devoted himself exclusively to lettering, finding work in the much larger comic-book industry in the United States. He worked first on Detective Comics with Alan Davis and then Batman: The Killing Joke with Alan Moore and Brian Bolland before picking up a number of regular titles for Marvel US.

In 1992 Starkings founded Comicraft, a studio which provides "Unique Design and Fine Lettering" services for comic books from many different publishers including Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Image and Titan Comics. Since the mid-1990s Comicraft has made their fonts available commercially via comicbookfonts.com

Starkings is better known today as the creator and writer of the award-winning Elephantmen comic book, published by Image Comics. Described as Blade Runner meets Taxi Driver, Elephantmen tell the story of human/animal hybrids living amongst humans in a dystopian, post apocalyptic world.