David Anthony Kraft

David Anthony Kraft (born 1952)[1] also credited simply as David Kraft, is an American comic book writer, publisher, and critic. He is primarily known for his long-running journal of interviews and criticism, Comics Interview.

David Anthony Kraft
Born1952 (age 66–67)
Area(s)Critic, writer
Pseudonym(s)DAK, Dave the Dude
Notable works
Comics Interview,
The Defenders

Writing career

Before his comics career, Kraft worked as a rock and roll journalist.[2] In September 1976, he became editor of FOOM with issue #15,[3] Marvel's self-produced fan magazine, lasting as editor until the magazine's final issue (#22) in 1978.[4]

Known for his offbeat approach, Kraft first made a name for himself as a comic book author with his work on Marvel Comics' The Defenders,[5] particularly the 1977 "Scorpio Saga" story-arc (issues #46, 48–50).[6] In The Defenders, Kraft wrestled with large philosophical issues: the temptations of power, the Cold War and nuclear power, sibling rivalry, and growing old alone. Kraft also merged his interests in music and comics by inserting multiple references to the band Blue Öyster Cult into his Defenders stories specifically the "Xenogenesis: Day of the Demons" storyline, issues #58–60.[7] Kraft combined music and comics in his scripting of the Marvel Super Special #4 featuring The Beatles.[2] Marvel Super Special #7, an adaptation of the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, by Kraft and artists George Pérez and Jim Mooney was promoted on the "Bullpen Bulletins" page in Marvel Comics cover-dated January 1979. It was never published in the U.S. "because the book was late and the movie proved to be a commercial failure," according to a contemporaneous news account.[8]

Kraft wrote the Man-Wolf feature in Creatures on the Loose and Marvel Premiere and featured the character in The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #3 (1981).[9] He wrote the entire run, except the first issue, of Savage She-Hulk, which ran from 1980–1982. Kraft worked on such titles as Captain America and scripted the first story drawn by John Byrne for Marvel Comics: "Dark Asylum," published in Giant-Size Dracula #5 (June 1975).[10]

In the early to mid-1980s Kraft wrote children's storybooks featuring Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four for the Children's Press, Marvel Books and Simon & Schuster.[2] During this same time he wrote the interactive game books Ghost Knights of Camelot for Avon, and Robot Race for Scholastic books. In 1983–1984, Kraft wrote World's Finest Comics for DC Comics,[11] including that series' issue #300 (Feb. 1984).[12] After that, Kraft did occasional comics writing, but mostly focused his energies on publishing and criticism. In 1995, Kraft worked as story-editor and scripter for the short-lived animated series G.I. Joe Extreme. Kraft is the co-writer and editor of Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender by Onrie Kompan Productions, LLC.

Publisher, critic and literary agent

Fictioneer Books

In 1974, Kraft founded the specialty science fiction publisher Fictioneer Books. Over the years, Fictioneer has published books by such authors as A. E. van Vogt, Robert E. Howard, Jack London, Otis Adelbert Kline, and Don McGregor.[2]

Fictioneer and its imprint Comics Interview Group published magazines including David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview, trade journals such as Comics Revue, and the trade text 100 Hot Tips from Top Comics Creators (1994). In early 1985 Comics Interview Group branched out into comic books by taking on Henry and Audrey Vogel's Southern Knights (previously a self-published series). In 1986 they expanded their comics lineup with MICRA and Aristocratic Xtraterrestrial Time-Traveling Thieves, and began publishing a number of Southern Knights reprints in the form of graphic novels, one-shots, and limited series. Though 1988 saw them also introduce Julie Woodcock and Brian Stelfreeze's CyCops, none of their comics publications sold as well as Southern Knights, and by the end of that year they had stopped publishing any other titles. In mid-1989 Southern Knights was canceled as well, and the Comics Interview imprint was again devoted solely to magazines and trade publications although they would co-publish Southern Knights No. 35 and 36 in 1992.

Comics Interview

In 1983, Kraft founded David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview, with ran for 150 issues[13] between 1983 and 1995,[14] and garnered Eisner and Eagle Award nominations. As suggested by the title, each issue of Comics Interview was filled entirely with in-depth creator interviews.

Literary agent

Since 1974, Kraft has been the literary agent for the estate of pulp author Otis Adelbert Kline.

Influences and personal life

Kraft counts science fiction author Leigh Brackett, Stan Lee, and writer E. Hoffmann Price as mentors.[2] He currently lives in Clayton, Georgia.



  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Junior Press, 1979)
  • The Compleat OAK Leaves: Volume One of the Official Journal of Otis Adelbert Kline and his Works (editor) (Fictioneer Press, 1980)
  • Stan Lee Presents the Incredible Hulk pop-up book (Marvel Comics Group, 1980)
  • Captain America: The Secret Story of Marvel's Star-Spangled Super Hero (Children's Press, 1981)
  • The Fantastic Four: The Secret Story of Marvel's Cosmic Quartet (Children's Press, 1981)
  • The Incredible Hulk: The Secret Story of Marvel's Gamma-powered Goliath (Children's Press, 1981)
  • Attack of the Tarantula (Intervisual Communications, 1982)
  • The Dark Crystal (Marvel Books, 1982)
  • Stan Lee Presents the Incredible Hulk Pop-up Book, "Trapped" (Marvel Comics Group, 1982)
  • Fantastic Four vs. the Frightful Four coloring book (Marvel Books, 1983)
  • Heathcliff, #1 Cat at the Show coloring and activity book (Marvel Books, 1983)
  • Heathcliff at The Circus coloring book (Marvel Books, 1983)
  • The Treasure of Time (Marvel Books, 1983)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man: The Big Top Mystery (Marvel Books, 1984)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man and Wolverine in The Crime of the Centuries (Marvel Books, 1984)
  • Ghost Knights of Camelot (Avon Books, 1984) ISBN 978-0-380-89276-1
  • Micro Adventure no. 6: Robot Race (Scholastic, 1984) ISBN 0-590-33170-1
  • Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Captain America and Iron Man in Escape from Doom (Budget Books, 1986)
  • Marvel Super Heroes Jumbo Coloring & Activity Book (Marvel Books, 1987)

Comic books

Atlas/Seaboard Comics

DC Comics

Marvel Comics


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  2. ^ a b c d e "David Anthony Kraft". Dragon Con. 2007. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2008.
  3. ^ Ruby, Sam (Fall 1976). "FOOM #15". Archived from the original on January 31, 2010.
  4. ^ Ruby, Sam (Fall 1978). "FOOM #22". Archived from the original on February 18, 2012.
  5. ^ DeAngelo, Daniel (July 2013). "The Not-Ready-For-Super-Team Players A History of the Defenders". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (65): 9–11.
  6. ^ Latta, D. K. "Who Remembers Scorpio?". The Masked Bookwyrm. Archived from the original on November 13, 2006. Retrieved August 15, 2008.
  7. ^ Swartz, John (December 10, 2001). "Blue Öyster Cult FAQ". Archived from the original on February 9, 2007. Retrieved September 17, 2008. References to Blue Oyster Cult songs are sprinkled throughout the "Xenogenesis: Day of the Demons" storyline in Marvel's The Defenders comic. The issues are Vol.1, 58–60 dated April, May and June 1978. The story is by David Anthony Kraft and the first comic in the trilogy is "Dedicated to Eric Bloom and BOC!"
  8. ^ "The Sgt. Pepper Snafu". The Comics Journal. Stamford, Connecticut: Fantagraphics Books (44): 12. January 1979.
  9. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 121. ISBN 978-0756692360. John Jameson and his werewolf alter ego Man-Wolf returned in this yarn by writer David Kraft and penciler Jim Sherman.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Isabella, Tony (May 4, 2001). "Tony's Tips". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications (1433). Retrieved September 17, 2008.
  11. ^ Addiego, Frankie (July 2014). "The Final Days of World's Finest". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (73): 66–67.
  12. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. In the tradition of DC's anniversary editions, World's Finest Comics #300 was an extra-length issue contributed to by a variety of comic book talent. Written by David Anthony Kraft, Mike W. Barr, and Marv Wolfman, and illustrated by Ross Andru, Mark Texeira, Sal Amendola, and George Pérez.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Newswatch: Comics Interview Gives Up the Ghost". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (183): 28. January 1996.
  14. ^ "Index to the Comic Art Collection". Michigan State University Libraries. Archived from the original on September 9, 2010.

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Preceded by
Gerry Conway
The Defenders writer
Succeeded by
Ed Hannigan
Preceded by
Stan Lee
Savage She-Hulk writer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Doug Moench
World's Finest Comics writer
Succeeded by
Kurt Busiek
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