David Gallaher

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David Gallaher
Born David Matthew Gallaher
(1975-06-05) June 5, 1975 (age 40)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Pseudonym(s) Dave Gallaher
Dr. Gallaher
(miscredited as Ken Wolak, David Gallagher)
Notable works
Vampire: The Masquerade
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
High Moon
Box 13
Hulk: Winter Guard
Awards 2007 Creative Excellence in Advertising Award
Comic Foundry Breakout Creator of 08
2008 Creative Excellence in Advertising Award
2009 Creative Excellence in Advertising Award
2009 Harvey Award for High Moon

David Matthew Gallaher (born June 5, 1975 in Honolulu) is an American comics writer and editor, known of his work on such books as Vampire: The Masquerade, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, High Moon, Box 13 and The Only Living Boy.

Gallaher began his comics career as an intern in the Marketing department at Marvel Comics, where he was eventually made production editor, before becoming a creator himself. In addition to Marvel, he has written for the New York City Police Department, the CBLDF, Harris Publications and McGraw-Hill. His other works Annex, Moonstone Monsters, High Moon and More Fund Comics.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gallaher stated in an interview that during the first few formative years of his childhood, his family did not own a television. His first exposure to the 'moving picture' was in 1978 with the first Superman film. In 1980, when his family obtained a television, he was exposed to a range of televised superhero material from Shazam! to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends to Super Friends to The Incredible Hulk and Batman. About a month after this, when he was five years old, Gallaher acquired his first comic book, Power Man and Iron Fist. When he was about 7 his mother bought a book for Gallaher and his brothers called Draw The Superfriends, or words to that effect, over whose designs the brothers would trace the characters.[2]

During Boy Scout summer camp in '88, Gallaher rediscovered comics and became an avid reader of Captain America, Fantastic Four, West Coast Avengers, and Speedball. Gallaher cites John Byrne's "Vision Quest" storyline in West Coast Avengers as the first compelling serial story that affected him significantly. As Gallaher began to evolve a preference for following certain creators over following characters, he became a fan of Byrne's, following him on books such as Namor.[2]

Gallaher studied at Hood College in Maryland, double-majoring in both Special Education and Psychology. Approximately in his junior year, he realized that much as he loved teaching, he felt a creative drive, and on a whim, applied to Goddard College, having learned that David Mamet, William H. Macy, and Piers Anthony studied there. Finding that he could create his own major and that the school would cater to it, he majored in Comics, and also taught a comics class to seniors and juniors whose required reading including Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis.[2]


After graduating from Goddard, Gallaher drew a crude version of his résumé as a six-panel comic strip and faxed it to Marvel Comics. The next day, he received a telephone invitation to work at Marvel as an intern for the Interactive and Marketing department. After several weeks, he was hired as the production editor for the department, training interns, researching material, writing character biographies and developing websites.[2]

His work as a creator at Marvel includes Hulk: Winter Guard[3] and Darkstar and the Winter Guard.[4][5][6]

In late 2001, Gallaher was living in Detroit, and met Joe Gentile of Moonstone Books at the Motor City Comic Con. Gentile asked Gallaher to pitch him ideas for the Moonstone Noir line, and after doing his research, Gallaher pitched Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

In 2008, Gallaher was named as a 'Breakout Creator' by Comic Foundry magazine.[7] In October 2009, Gallaher earned a Harvey Award for his work on the series High Moon.[8]

In July 2011, Gallaher began working as a consulting editor working on a broad range of titles for Kodansha including Sailor Moon, Gon, Negima and Arisa.[9] In July 2012, he and artist Steve Ellis formed Bottled Lightning Studios as a home for their independent comic and television projects. In November 2014, It was announced that David Gallaher would take over Green Lantern Corps for DC Comics during that publisher's 2015 "Convergence" storyline.

Personal life[edit]

Gallaher suffers from epilepsy.[10][11] He lives in Brooklyn, New York.[12]


Amazon Studios[edit]

  • It Came In The Mail storyboards (with artist Steve Ellis)


Bottled Lightning[edit]

  • The Only Living Boy (with artist and co-creator Steve Ellis)
  • The Altern80s (with artist and co-creator Kevin Colden)

Chalk Outline Studios[edit]

  • Annex


  • Box 13 (with artist and co-creator Steve Ellis), later published by Red 5 Comics
  • Box 13: The Pandora Process (with artist and co-creator Steve Ellis)

DC Comics[edit]

IDW Publishing[edit]

  • Deadlands: Dead Man's Hand (with artist Steve Ellis)

Image Comics[edit]

  • Deadlands: The Devil's Six Gun (with artist Steve Ellis)

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Iron Man: Threaded Web (digital comics story)
  • Untold Told Tales of Spider-Man: Threaded Web (digital comics story)
  • "The Stark Truth Behind Stark Enterprises" (article)
  • "X-Marks The Spider: Ten Years Later" (article)
  • Hulk: The Winter Guard (with artist and co-creator Steve Ellis)
  • Darkstar and The Winter Guard (with artist and co-creator Steve Ellis)

Moonstone Books[edit]

  • Moonstone Noir: Johnny Dollar (The Brief Candle Matter)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: Blood & Shadows (Tremere)
  • Moonstone Monsters: Ghosts (incorrectly credited as Ken Wolak)[13]
  • Moonstone Monsters: trade paperback (incorrectly credited as Ken Wolak)[13]

New York City Police Department[edit]

  • NYPD Multimedia Presentation: "All In A Day's Work" CD Rom [2007 CEA Award Winner]
  • NYPD Police 2008 Campaign: "MyNYPD" (2008 CEA Award Winner)
  • NYPD Police 2008 Campaign: "MyNYPD" (2009 CEA Award Winner)
  • NYPD Police 2005-2007 Campaign: "Only in NY, Only in the NYPD" (2007 CEA Award Winner)
  • NYPD Sports: "What's Your Career Game Plan?" campaign

Sky Dog Press[edit]

  • More Fund Comics (A Word From Our Sponsors) - where he appears as himself.

Harris Publications[edit]

Visual Opinions Magazine[edit]

  • Comix! Required Anatomy 101

Global Knowledge[edit]

  • Introduction to Web Databases
  • Networking Tools 2.0
  • Glossary of Networking and Internetworking Terms


  • Marketing Essentials



  1. ^ Kean, Benjamin Ong Pang (November 19, 2003). "Gallaher's November Vampires - Tremere". Newsarama. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d Lien-Cooper, Barb. "Shadow Man: David Gallaher". Sequential Tart. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Beard, Jim (November 4, 2009). "Winter Guard: Cold Warriors". Marvel.com. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ Gourley, Jim (April 20, 2010). "The Sword and Script Interview: David Gallaher". Sword and Script. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Mahadeo, Kevin (May 21, 2010). "Gallaher Thaws Out the Winter Guard". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (May 25, 2010). "From High Moon to DARKSTAR: Zuda Alums Talk Russian Heroes". Newsarama. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ Leong, Tim. "Comic Foundry Issue 2 Preview - 8 Breakout Creators of 2008". Comic Foundry. March 28, 2008
  8. ^ Brady, Matt (October 24, 2007). "Zuda Announces First Wave". Newsarama. 
  9. ^ McDonald, Heidi (July 24, 2011). "David Gallaher to consult for Kodansha". The Beat. 
  10. ^ Gallaher, David. [davidgallaher1.livejournal.com/profile User Profile]. LiveJournal. accessed October 2, 2011.
  11. ^ Parkin, JK (October 9, 2009). "Gallaher and Ellis on What’s Inside 'Box 13'". Comic Book Resources.
  12. ^ "Geek Love". Penthouse. June 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Gallaher, David. "NUMBER EIGHT IS MISSING!". Topica. August 19, 2003


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