titling package provides a number of facilities that
permit manipulation of the appearance of a
\maketitle command, the
\thanks commands within it, and so on. The package also defines a
titlingpage environment, that offers something in between the
titlepage option and the
environment, and is itself somewhat configurable.
Finally, the indefatigable Vincent Zoonekynd supplies examples of how to program alternative title styles. The web page is not useful to users unless they are willing to do their own LaTeX programming.