Letterer

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A letterer is a member of a team of comic book creators responsible for drawing the comic book's text.wikipedia
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Inker

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By the time comic books came of age in the 1940s, the huge volume of work demanded by publishers had encouraged an assembly-line process, dividing the creative process into distinct tasks: writer, penciller, letterer, inker, and colorist.
"Inking" of text is usually handled by another specialist, the letterer,

Gaspar Saladino

The career of freelance letterer was born, and by the 1950s, letterers such as Gaspar Saladino, Sam Rosen, and Ben Oda were crafting full-time careers as letterers for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and King Features.
Gaspar Saladino (September 1, 1927 – August 4, 2016) was an American letterer and logo designer who worked for more than sixty years in the comic book industry, mostly for DC Comics.

Sam Rosen (comics)

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The career of freelance letterer was born, and by the 1950s, letterers such as Gaspar Saladino, Sam Rosen, and Ben Oda were crafting full-time careers as letterers for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and King Features.
Rosen''', was an American calligrapher best known as a letterer for Marvel Comics during the period fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comic Books.

Glossary of comics terminology

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A letterer is a member of a team of comic book creators responsible for drawing the comic book's text.
Normally separate from the writer, the letterer is the person who fills (and possibly places) speech balloons and captions with the dialogue and other words meant to be read.

Lettering

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The letterer crafts the comic's "display lettering": the story title lettering and other special captions and credits that usually appear on a story's first page.
Lettering includes calligraphy and lettering for purposes such as blueprints and comic books, as well as decorative lettering such as sign painting and creating custom lettering graphics, for instance on posters, for a letterhead or business wordmark, lettering in stone, lettering for your car to advertise your business, tire lettering to customize your tires, fileteado, graffiti, or on chalkboards.

John Costanza

John Costanza (born August 14, 1943, in Dover, New Jersey) is an artist and letterer who has worked in the American comic book industry.

Speech balloon

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The letterer also writes the letters in the word balloons and draws in sound effects.
The Sandman series, written by Neil Gaiman and lettered by Todd Klein, features many characters whose speech bubbles are written with a font that is exclusive to them.

Jerry Robinson

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DC Comics used a stable of more than 20 letterers in the comics they published in the 1950s and 1960s (some of the letterers — like Jerry Robinson and Dick Sprang — were more well known as artists):
Robinson was a 17-year-old journalism student at Columbia University in 1939 when he was discovered by Batman creator Bob Kane, who hired him to work on that fledgling comic as an inker and letterer.

Jon D'Agostino

As well, under the pseudonym Johnny Dee, he was the letterer for the lead story in the Marvel Comics landmark The Amazing Spider-Man No.

Dave Gibbons

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(Incidentally, Byrne made use of existing lettering by other artists, such as Dave Gibbons, without their permission.
David Chester Gibbons (born 14 April 1949) is an English comics artist, writer and sometimes letterer.

Joe Rosen

Joe Rosen (December 25, 1920 – October 12, 2009) was an American comic book artist, primarily known for his work as a letterer.

Jack Morelli

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Now Byrne uses a computer font based on the handwriting of letterer Jack Morelli – with Morelli's permission.) Other early users of computer lettering were David Cody Weiss and Roxanne Starr, who experimented in computer lettering with Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot Comics.
Jack Morelli (born October 26, 1962) is a comic book letterer and author, also credited under the name John Morelli.

Roxanne Starr

Now Byrne uses a computer font based on the handwriting of letterer Jack Morelli – with Morelli's permission.) Other early users of computer lettering were David Cody Weiss and Roxanne Starr, who experimented in computer lettering with Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot Comics.
Roxanne Starr is an American graphic designer and comic book letterer who was one of the original pioneers to bring computerized comic book fonts to the industry.

Richard Starkings

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In the early 1990s letterer Richard Starkings and his partner John Roshell (formerly Gaushell) began creating comic book fonts and started Comicraft, which has since become the major source of comics fonts (though they have competition from others, such as Blambot).
Richard Starkings (born 27 January 1962) is a British font designer and comic book letterer, editor and writer.

Comicraft

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In the early 1990s letterer Richard Starkings and his partner John Roshell (formerly Gaushell) began creating comic book fonts and started Comicraft, which has since become the major source of comics fonts (though they have competition from others, such as Blambot).
Comicraft is a company which provides graphic design and lettering services to various (primarily comic book) companies.

George Roussos

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Roussos entered comics in 1939 as letterer of the Spanish-language version of the newspaper panel Ripley's Believe It or Not, despite not being able to read Spanish.

Chris Eliopoulos

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Chris Eliopoulos designed the fonts for Marvel's in-house lettering unit, and Ken Lopez did the same at DC.
Chris Eliopoulos (born September 30, 1967) is an American cartoonist and letterer of comic books.

Ken Lopez

Chris Eliopoulos designed the fonts for Marvel's in-house lettering unit, and Ken Lopez did the same at DC.
Ken Lopez (born September 4) is a letterer and logo designer for the comic book industry.

Bob Burden

Now Byrne uses a computer font based on the handwriting of letterer Jack Morelli – with Morelli's permission.) Other early users of computer lettering were David Cody Weiss and Roxanne Starr, who experimented in computer lettering with Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot Comics.
He worked as writer and editor with lettering by Roxanne Starr.

John Workman

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Long-time letterer John Workman toes a middle ground between traditional and digital lettering.
John Workman (born June 20, 1950) is an American editor, writer, artist, designer, colorist and letterer in the comic book industry.

Flaming Carrot Comics

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Now Byrne uses a computer font based on the handwriting of letterer Jack Morelli – with Morelli's permission.) Other early users of computer lettering were David Cody Weiss and Roxanne Starr, who experimented in computer lettering with Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot Comics.
Bob Burden worked as illustrator and writer with Roxanne Starr working as letterer.

Todd Klein

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(The Shazam Awards also had a "best letterer" category until the Awards' demise in 1975.) Since the creation of the Eisner and Harvey lettering awards (in 1993 and 1992, respectively), Todd Klein has dominated the Eisner, winning fifteen times, and has come away with the Harvey eight times.
Todd Klein (born January 28, 1951) is an American comic book letterer, logo designer, and occasional writer, primarily for DC Comics.

Penciller

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By the time comic books came of age in the 1940s, the huge volume of work demanded by publishers had encouraged an assembly-line process, dividing the creative process into distinct tasks: writer, penciller, letterer, inker, and colorist.

Dick Sprang

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DC Comics used a stable of more than 20 letterers in the comics they published in the 1950s and 1960s (some of the letterers — like Jerry Robinson and Dick Sprang — were more well known as artists):
During the time that Dick Sprang began illustrating Batman, he taught his wife — Lora A. Sprang — to letter, and she subsequently lettered most (and colored some) of his subsequent work under the pen name "Pat Gordon".

Colorist

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By the time comic books came of age in the 1940s, the huge volume of work demanded by publishers had encouraged an assembly-line process, dividing the creative process into distinct tasks: writer, penciller, letterer, inker, and colorist.