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Realworld superhero Peter David has published a blog entry on his website today, explaining that whilst on holiday with his family in Florida, he suffered a stroke.

We were on vacation in Florida when I lost control of the right side of my body. I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm or leg. We are currently getting the extent of the damage sorted out and will report as further details become clarified.


Needless to say, we wish him the fastest of recoveries, and all the very best. If you wish to donate to the American Stroke Foundation, here’s a link.


  1. A simple mnemonic for strokes:
    Ask the person to smile.
    Does one side of the face droop?
    Ask the person to raise both arms.
    Does one arm drift downward?
    Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
    Is their speech slurred or strange?
    If you observe any of these signs,
    call 9-1-1 immediately.

    Hoping for the best.
    I will let Mr. David make the anticipated “Doc Ock” jokes when he deems it suitable.

  2. Individual cases vary, but with prompt treatment (which it sounds like he got) and persistent follow-up (which he’s stubborn enough to undertake), a nearly-full recovery is sometimes possible, and the chances of a partial recovery are pretty good. My biggest concern would be the language centers of his brain, which are on the same side that controls the right arm and leg.

    Corrected link to his site:

  3. Best wishes on a speedy recovery! David’s work on X-Factor has been Marvel’s most consistently entertaining comic for years now…here’s hoping we get many, many more!

  4. Best wishes, Mr. David.

    Your stories have entertained me for many, many years now. I caught you reading “Killing Time by the River Styx” at Fantasy / Sci-fi convention a couple of years ago, and it was a great way to experience your writing. Here’s hoping you’ll be able to keep doing that in the years to come!

    I wish you a speedy recovery.

  5. I have never had the pleasure of officially meeting Mr. David, but he remains one of the top writers in comics that cemented the profession of writing and craft in this industry. I remember clear as day reading the back page of the Comics Buyer’s Guide. I wish him and his family well at this crucial time.

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