Hunt Emerson attended an art school in his native town Newcastle-upon-Tyne from the age of 16. He eventually went to Birmingham to get a University degree. He broke off his studies during its first year, and became active in the undergroud comix scene. Starting in 1971, he published his first Crumb-inspired comix in Street Press, an alternative Birmingham publication.
He soon launched his own title, Street Comix, published under his own Ar-Zak Press label. In the following years, he cooperated with among others Brian Hills and Paul Fisher on comix like Large Cow Comix, Outer Space Comix, The Adventures of Mr. Spoonbiscuit, Pholk Comix, Zomix Comix and Dogman. Around this time, his work also popped up on the foreign markets.
In 1976, he commenced working on 'Thunderdogs', a anti-militaristic comic, which was eventually published by Gilbert Shelton's Rip-Off Press in 1981. During the 1980s and 1990s, he published many books with Knockabout Comics in London, including 'The Big Book of Everything' (1983), 'Jazz Funnies' (1986), a personal adaptation of 'Lady Chatterly's Lover' (1986), 'Hard to Swallow' (script John Dowie, 1988), 'Startling Planet' (1989), 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', 'Rapid Reflexes' (1990), 'Casanova's Last Stand' (1993), 'Pusspuss' (1994), 'Aliens Ate my Trousers' (1998) and 'Citymouth' (2000).
In 1988, he published the political comic book 'You Are Maggie Thatcher', scripted by Pat Mills, at Titan Books. Emerson's main characters include 'Calculus Cat' (the cat that hates television), 'Firkin the Cat', (a strip of sexual satire scripted by Tym Nanley that has run in Fiesta magazine since 1981), 'PussPuss', (yes - another cat!), 'Max Zillion' and 'Alto Ego', (a jazz musician and his saxophone), 'Alan Rabbit', and many more. His comic strips have been translated into ten languages, and he has been awarded several Comic Strip prizes. His work appears in publications as diverse as Fiesta, Fortean Times, and The Wall Street Journal Europe, and he has also worked widely in advertising.