David Anthony Kraft, author and publisher, died yesterday from COVID pneumonia. Mr, Kraft was 68 or 69 (depending on the source).
David Kraft began his career as a rock and roll journalist. In 1974, Kraft founded Fictioneer Books which would go on to publish works by Robert E. Howard, Otis Adelbert Kline. and Jack London among others. In 1975, he began working for Marvel Comics as editor of FOOM and later a writer on many of Marvel’s most popular characters. Mr. Kraft also worked as a writer for DC Comics in 1976 and again in 1983/84.
In 1983, he began publishing David Anthony Kraft’s Comics Interview. The magazine ran for 150 issues with each issue focused on in-depth interviews with comic creators. The magazine was a favorite with fans and pros alike. It was a great source of background information, previews of new stories and art in those days before the internet.
My first exposure to David Anthony Kraft was through his Fictioneer Books publishing. Dragonflame was written by Don McGregor with several illustrations by Paul Gulacy. My favorite David Anthony Kraft comics were his Captain America stories with Mike Zeck and John Beatty. And like so many comic fans, I was a regular reader of his Comics Interview magazine.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to David Anthony Kraft’s family, friends and fans.