Todd Klein, letterer extraordinaire, born in 1951, grew up in Central New Jersey, spent his time reading every piece of imaginative fiction that he could get his hands on, including comic books. His grandfather, Rex Derr, a part-time jewelry engraver and sign painter, encouraged him to draw and write, and introduced him to lettering.
After spending two years in art school at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Kansas City Art Institute (1969-71), and running out of tuition money, he worked at several jobs, including putting together instruction manuals for air conditioners. In his spare time, he began submitting art, and occasionally writing, to science fiction, fantasy and comics fanzines, with some success. In 1977, after putting together a portfolio, he applied for work at several New York comic book publishers.
Klein Sample Lettering 1978, ©DC Comics, Inc.
At DC Comics he was offered a two-week trial in the Production Department, doing art and lettering corrections and paste-ups, to fill in for a vacationing employee. At the end of the two weeks, that employee decided not to come back, and a glorious career in comics began.
Each Beast at The Feast
Library of Dream
Before You Read This by Neil Gaiman
See how Todd Klein goes through the creative process of making ‘Before You Read This by Neil Gaiman’ here.