Writer and Publisher David Anthony Kraft Has Passed Away

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Some sad news to report this morning, as long-time comics and magazine writer and publisher David Anthony Kraft has passed away.  The news of his passing was shared on his own Facebook page this morning by his wife, Jennifer Bush-Kraft, who said that they had both been suffering from COVID-19 pneumonia since April 28 and that her husband had succumbed to it yesterday morning.

Writer and Publisher David Anthony Kraft Has Passed Away
The cover to David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview #70 from 1989.

David Anthony Kraft (known to fans as DAK) was born in 1952 and had a long journeyman career in publishing.  He was originally a rock music journalist but found his way into the world of comics by becoming the editor of FOOM, Marvel Comics’ fan magazine, in 1976.  After the magazine ended two years later, Kraft made the transition to becoming a comic book writer for Marvel.

His first big success as a comic book author was in writing “The Scorpio Saga” arc for The Defenders.  From there, he went on to write such titles for Marvel as Marvel Super Special,  Savage She-HulkCaptain America, and Giant-Size Dracula.  He became known for his continuing work on the character Man-Wolf and featured him in Creatures on the LooseMarvel Premiere, and The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #3.

Writer and Publisher David Anthony Kraft Has Passed Away
The cover to The Defenders #62, courtesy of Marvel Comics.

In the early 1980s, Kraft started writing for DC Comics, authoring a run on World’s Finest Comics.  Kraft’s unique sensibilities and approach to his characters really highlighted the more simple, yet fun and endearing decency of the pre-Crisis Batman and Superman.

Writer and Publisher David Anthony Kraft Has Passed Away
A page from 1984’s World’s Finest Comics #302, featuring a Batman and Superman meeting in a tough roadside bar for glasses of milk, courtesy of DC Comics.
Writer and Publisher David Anthony Kraft Has Passed Away
A page from 1984’s World’s Finest Comics #302, featuring a Batman and Superman meeting in a tough roadside bar for glasses of milk, courtesy of DC Comics.

Kraft’s real passion seemed to be in publishing and being a comics reviewer, which led him to found Fictioneer Books in 1974.  This eventually led to the publishing of what Kraft became best known for, David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview, a comic book and pop culture magazine that ran from 1983 – 1995.  The magazine was much-loved for being a prime pre-internet source of comic industry news, features, and reviews, while mainly being focused on extensive interviews with comic book creators.

Writer and Publisher David Anthony Kraft Has Passed Away
The cover to David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview #27 from 1985.

Kraft was a popular and respected figure amongst his fellow creators in the comic industry, always earning acclaim for his tackling of deep themes and use of rock music references in his comics writing.  His magazine David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview has stood the test of time as a pillar in comic book reporting and reviews, despite not having been published since 1995.

Kraft is survived by his wife Jennifer, who has also been battling COVID-19 and we hope she is able to get well soon.

Writer and Publisher David Anthony Kraft Has Passed Away
David Anthony Kraft’s wife announcing his passing on his personal Facebook.

We would like to send our best wishes to the family and loved ones of David Anthony Kraft and encourage modern fans who may not be familiar with his work to seek it out.  RIP DAK.

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