Comics writer and Comics Interview publisher David Anthony Kraft has passed away after a battle with COVID-related pneumonia. His passing was announced on Facebook by his wife Jennifer Bush-Kraft.
Kraft was born in 1952 and is best known for his Marvel writing in the 70s — especially his run on The Defenders, which included “The Scorpio Saga.” Kraft was part of a group of writers known for writing “relevant” stories, as they called it then, and he’s definitely one of the reasons I was a Marvel Fan all the way back then. He also had a notable run on The Savage She- Hulk.
Kraft went on to edit Comics Interview magazine and founding specialty science fiction publisher Fictioneer Books. Comics Interview ran for 150 issues from 1983 to 1995; it’s a priceless resource of comics history.
Kraft had many friends in the industry and kept up a lively correspondence on his FB page. His passing was mourned on social media.
Writer and former editor David Anthony Kraft shaped the Marvel Universe through his stories, bringing life to characters like She-Hulk, the Defenders and so many others with a passion for music that transcended the world of comics. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/8Y5fbG2j1z
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 20, 2021
David Anthony Kraft passed away.
Outside of her origin issue, he wrote all of She-Hulk's first run, THE SAVAGE SHE-HULK. Along w/ artists Vosburg, Stone & Springer, that was his series. If, like me, you love this character, it was David Anthony Kraft who helped bring her to life. pic.twitter.com/Ksoklek3CK
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) May 20, 2021
R.I.P., writer David Anthony Kraft…I first became aware of his work in the pages of Marvel's The Defenders and of course his Comics Interview magazine. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/axOOusRJas
— Pat Brosseau (@droog811) May 20, 2021
From George Pérez: I am deeply saddened to learn that David Anthony Kraft just passed away. Along with Bill Mantlo, Dave was one of my earliest collaborators and a generous champion when I was just breaking into the comics business. Back in the mid-1970…https://t.co/N4gErIixAr pic.twitter.com/jgLnGwjsJk
— George-Perez.net (@georgepereznet) May 20, 2021
Something maybe a lot of folks don't know is that #DavidAnthonyKraft discovered Brian and gave him his very first comics assignment with CYCOPS. The man had a great eye for talent… https://t.co/6Sgc2E8F1C
— Cully Hamner (@CullyHamner) May 20, 2021
I'm sorry to report that, per his Facebook page and according to his wife, comics writer David Anthony Kraft (Defenders) has passed away from COVID related pneumonia. I never met him and have no further details, I was just a fan and wanted to pass on the sad news to other fans.
— Christos Gage (@Christosgage) May 20, 2021
Our condolences to his family and friends.