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David Anthony Kraft, writer and comic book columnist, dies at 68

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In the mid-1970s, a young George Pérez was paired with Mr. Kraft on Man-Wolf.

“We were both working on this show that nobody really cared about, and Dave just took the ball and ran with it,” Pérez said in a phone interview. “He took the character to wobbly territory: outer space, other dimensions, floating cities. He had this very crazy imagination and he was thinking outside the box. This series is unlike any I’ve done since.

He had similar ambitions for She-Hulk. “He wanted it to be complicated, not just a raging beast,” Ms. Kraft-Bush said. “He made sure she had a boyfriend for each of her two forms because she had two different personalities.”

In 1983, leaving behind writing comics, Mr. Kraft started Comics Interview magazine, a monthly interview-based publication that lasted until 1995, in which he probed the minds of figures like Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Todd McFarlane and Jack Kirby.

David Anthony Kraft was born on May 31, 1952 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. His father, Anton Kraft, was a mason. His mother, Cecilia (Weindenbach) Kraft, died when David was 9 years old. When he was 16, he ran away from home for a while and joined a traveling carnival as a barker. He graduated from Devils Lake Central High School in 1970.

In New York City, he wrote his first Marvel stories for Giant-Size Dracula. After Comics Interview went bankrupt, he worked as a television writer for shows like “GI Joe Extreme” and “Street Fighter: The Animated Series”. He eventually settled in Clayton, Georgia, in a mountain home he had bought years earlier.

In addition to his wife, his survivors include a son, Bryce William Davidsson Bush-Kraft; three stepdaughters, Jenniferann, Jacqueline and Kizzie Bush; and a stepson, Adam Bush.

In 2009, several years after he had last written a comic, Mr. Kraft started working on a freelance title called Yi Soon Shin. The series is based on the life of a Korean admiral who fought Japanese forces during the Imjin War in the 16th century. At night he wrote for hours by the light of a lamp.


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