David Anthony Kraft

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David Anthony Kraft
Born 1952 (age 61–62)
Nationality American
Area(s) Critic, writer
Pseudonym(s) DAK, Dave the Dude
Notable works
Comics Interview,
The Defenders

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.

Writing career[edit]

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 the fall of 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 No. 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 No. 4 featuring The Beatles.[2]

Kraft wrote the entire run, except the first issue, of Savage She-Hulk, which ran from 1980–1982. He had stints on such titles as Captain America and Creatures on the Loose. He scripted the first story drawn by John Byrne for Marvel Comics: "Dark Asylum," published in Giant-Size Dracula No. 5 (June 1975).[8]

In the early to mid-1980s Kraft wrote children's storybooks featuring Marvel characters like Spider-Man, the Incredible 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.[9] 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[edit]

Fictioneer Books[edit]

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 also published magazines like David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview, trade journals like 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 1988 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 (though in 1992 they would co-publish Southern Knights No. 35 and 36).

Comics Interview

In 1983, Kraft founded David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview, with ran for 150 issues[10] between 1983 and 1995,[11] 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[edit]

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

Influences and personal life[edit]

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

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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) (Borgo 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kraft entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed November 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "David Anthony Kraft". Dragon Con. 2007. Archived from the original on August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2008. 
  3. ^ Ruby, Sam (September–Fall 1976). "FOOM #15". Archived from the original on August 4, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Ruby, Sam (September–Fall 1976). "FOOM #22". Archived from the original on August 4, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ DeAngelo, Daniel (July 2013). "The Not-Ready-For-Super-Team Players A History of the Defenders". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (65): 9–11. 
  6. ^ Latta, D. K. "Who Remembers Scorpio?". The Masked Bookwyrm. Archived from the original on August 4, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2008. 
  7. ^ Swartz, John (December 10, 2001). "Blue Öyster Cult FAQ". Archived from the original on August 4, 2013. 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. ^ Isabella, Tony (May 4, 2001). "Tony's Tips". Comics Buyer's Guide (Krause Publications) (1433). Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  9. ^ Addiego, Frankie (July 2014). "The Final Days of World's Finest". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (73): 66–67. 
  10. ^ "Newswatch: Comics Interview Gives Up the Ghost," The Comics Journal no. 183 (Jan. 1996), p. 28.
  11. ^ "Index to the Comic Art Collection". Michigan State University Libraries. Archived from the original on September 8, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Gerry Conway
The Defenders writer
1977–1979
Succeeded by
Ed Hannigan
Preceded by
Stan Lee
Savage She-Hulk writer
1980–1982
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Doug Moench
World's Finest Comics writer
1983–1984
Succeeded by
Kurt Busiek