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Richard Starkings —who has also written under the name Richard Alan — is an Eisner-nominated comic letterer, with work stretching at least back to the 12 January 1985 issue of the UK Transformers title. He was a regular of the Marvel UK pool of artists during its heyday in the late 1980s. His first big break in the American comic industry came with 1988's Batman: The Killing Joke. He continues, as of 2011, to work regularly for American publishers. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, he has been one of the busiest letterers in the American comic book industry.
His work in the DWU has been mostly confined to two periods. He was variously a writer, editor and letterer during the Sixth and early Seventh Doctors eras in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. At this time, he also served in the staff position of "picture consultant" for a number of issues. Two decades later, he returned to the newly-created American centre of DWU publishing at IDW Publishing, working on several issues involving the Tenth Doctor.
In the 20th century Edit
Starkings edited COMIC: Redemption, Culture Shock, Nemesis of the Daleks and Follow That TARDIS! Usually under his "Richard Alan" pseudonym, he wrote or co-wrote COMIC: Time and Tide, the aforementioned Nemesis of the Daleks, and Up Above the Gods, the prelude to Emperor of the Daleks. He lettered or co-lettered COMIC: Frobisher's Story, The Gift, The World Shapers, and Up Above the Gods.
In the 21st century Edit
For the BBC Wales era of the DWU, Starkings co-wrote COMIC: Cold-Blooded War under his own name. It was also a story he lettered, along with The Whispering Gallery and most issues of The Forgotten. He was also one of the letterers on COMIC: Rift War!