Peter David

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Peter Allen David is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. David often jokingly describes his occupation as "writer of stuff".

David is Jewish (a fact he frequently references in his monthly column for the comics industry periodical Comics Buyer's Guide) and lives in New York.

In the early 1980s he worked for Marvel Comics in their sales department under Carol Kalish. While there, he wrote a story for The Spectacular Spider-Man entitled "The Death of Jean DeWolff" (illustrated by Rich Buckler), which focused on the death of a supporting character in the Spider-Man continuity and the characters' reactions to it. The story was acclaimed both critically and popularly, and David became the regular writer of The Spectacular Spider-Man for a time.

Soon thereafter he began a lengthy run writing The Incredible Hulk, reviving interest in a flagging title and receiving a great deal of critical praise for his efforts. At some point David left direct employment with Marvel to become a full-time writer.

David is noted for his prolific writing. His writing is characterized by its deft mingling of real world issues with humor and references to popular culture.

Comic books

At Marvel Comics, in addition to his Hulk and Spider-Man work, he created the character Spider-Man 2099, and had stints on X-Factor, Captain Marvel, Wolverine, Merc, and Justice.

At DC Comics he wrote a miniseries The Atlantis Chronicles about the history of Aquaman's home of Atlantis. David has sometimes referred to this series as one of his favorite pieces of writing. He also wrote a lengthy stint on Aquaman itself, as well as long runs on Supergirl, Young Justice, and the Star Trek comic book.

Other comics series he has worked on include Soulsearchers and Company and Sachs and Violens (the latter with George Pérez).

He is currently (as of 2005) writing the acclaimed comic Fallen Angel and another run on Incredible Hulk. Sadly, Fallen Angel has been cancelled after 20 issues. After a hefty legal battle, however, David has aquired the rights to revive the series at IDW Publishing.


David has published dozens of novels, many of which have made appearances on the New York Times bestseller list. He is best known for his Star Trek novels, including Q-in-Law, Vendetta, Q-Squared, and Imzadi, one of the best-selling Star Trek novels of all time. He created Star Trek: New Frontier, a spin-off from Star Trek: The Next Generation, with John J. Ordover in 1997. He has also written several Babylon 5 novels.

He has also written original science fiction and fantasy works, including Knight Life, One Knight Only, Howling Mad, Sir Apropos of Nothing, The Woad to Wuin and Tong Lashing, and a number of Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Other published work

His opinion column "But I Digress" is a staple of the Comic Buyer's Guide comics industry periodical.

David wrote a biography of James Doohan.

Before David became a professional writer, he was a prolific author of fan fiction, including "The Tardis at Pooh Corner" (

Other media

David has written for several television series. He wrote two scripts for Babylon 5, and one for its sequel Crusade. With actor/writer Bill Mumy, he is co-creator of the television series Space Cases, which ran for two seasons on Nickelodeon. He has also written and co-produced several films for Full Moon Entertainment and has made cameo appearances in some of the films as well.

External links

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