from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who letters; one who marks or cuts the letters of an inscription, a title, or the like: as, a book-letterer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun One who makes, inscribes, or engraves, alphabetical letters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A person who is professionally employed to add writing to something (as a sign, shop window, etc.)
- noun A particular profession in the production of
comics, an artist specializing in neatly writing written material such as dialogue.
- noun A device for printing letters of text.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a painter of letters
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The letters are a joy to see on the page, and his style fits in well with the series 'original and long term letterer, Chris Eliopoulos, and one-time replacement John Workman.
Turns out, this really was a "lost Conan adventure", one that he did a long time ago when he worked as a letterer on Finnish Conan comics ... he's done a bunch more like this, but they were all misplaced, and when this one turned up a few months ago, he posted it on the web!
As letterer Todd Klein explained on his blog: "Neil and the DC staffers involved felt the lettering on these issues reproduced so badly when enlarged it was worth having me redo it."
Through Laura Koenig's Bib-Laura-graphy (easier to say than it looks), I found letterer Nate Peikos's helpful “Comics Grammar & Tradition” article at Blambot.
The original Smith and Tinker were, of course, the inventors of Tik-Tok, the clockwork man in Ozma of Oz. And master comics letterer Todd Klein, whom I've quoted about the Robin logo, reviews the latest issue of The Baum Bugle.
And the 1955 logo comes full circle: It was a DC artist/letterer -- Ira Schapp, father of the classic "Action Comics" logo -- who reportedly also designed the CCA seal.
Rosen, Joe (December 25, 1920 – October 12, 2009) Comic-book letterer The Comics Reporter obit; Todd Klein tribute
Neither fellow is quite a letterer yet, so I'll transcribe the words as well.
But you're not done yet: there's one more person you need to produce your graphic novel: a letterer.
Those companies 'comic books are usually produced by a team: scripter, penciller, inker, letterer, colorist, and sometimes others.