Peter David

Peter David


9/23/1956, Fort Mead, MD

Birth Name

Peter Allen David



Also Known As

Peter Allen David, Peter David, PAD
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Peter David worked in the sales department of Marvel comics before starting his career as a writer. During that time he pitched an idea for Spectacular Spider-man that was published in 1985. The story was met with such positive response that he became the regular writer of Spectacularmore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Peter has recently (October 2007) ended his run on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man with issue 23, and has begun on the 4th volume of She-Hulk with issue 22 (recent writer being Dan Slott).

    • Before becoming a professional writer, Peter David wrote a lot of fan fiction, including a series of stories called The TARDIS at Pooh Corner - a combination of Doctor Who and Winnie-the-Pooh.

    • Famous science fiction writer Harlan Ellison was Peter's best man when he married his second wife Kathleen in 2001.

    • Peter has written the novelization of all three Spider-man films.

    • Peter won several awards, including:
      The Haxtur Award, 1996 (Spain), Best Comic script
      OZCon 1995 Award (Australia), Favorite International Writer
      Comic Buyers Guide 1995 Fan Awards, Favorite writer
      Golden Duck Award for Young Adult Series, 1994
      Wizard Fan Award Winner, 1993
      UK Comic Art Award, 1993
      Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, 1993.

    • Peter is a fan of the New York Mets.

    • Peter writes a monthly opinion column in Comic Buyer's Guide magazine called "But I Digress".

    • When asked about his occupation, Peter's typical answer is: "Writer of stuff".

    • Peter is probably best known for his Star Trek and Babylon 5 novels.
      The 16th book of his Star Trek: New Frontier series was released in 2006.

    • In 2007, Peter is writing a comic book series based on Stephen King's "Dark Tower" novels, featuring Roland Deschain.

    • Peter has written several made-for-video movies, including: Oblivion (1994), Trancers 4: Jack Of Swords (1994), Trancers 5: Sudden Deth (1994), and Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996).

    • Peter is an avid bowler.

  • Quotes

    • Peter David: One does not say, I'm going to become a writer – now I need ideas. Ideas come to you whether you want them to or not.

    • Peter David: I played D&D exactly once... I was transformed into a thistle. They carried me around in a backpack for three hours, and at the end I was a thistle with experience.

    • Peter David: (About Spider-man 3) When you've written the novelization of a screenplay, you can't really enjoy the film the way other people do. For most viewers, the burning question is, "What's going to happen?" Well, I knew pretty much what was going to happen.

    • Peter David: I was tremendously amused to learn that the Democrats are intending to present the war funding bill to Bush - a bill he is certain to veto because, God forbid, it sets a timetable for our troops coming home - on the fourth anniversary of Bush standing in front of that damned "Mission Accomplished" sign. Think of it as Operation MAMA--Mission Accomplished, My Ass.

    • Peter David: (About writing his Babylon 5 novels) I didn't want anyone to get the idea - as some fans seemed to have garnered - that Joe (J. Michael Strazcynski) gave any less than 110% in creating the storylines for the three Centauri Prime novels. I should have made it very clear that I was talking about seven to eight pages single spaced for each book rather than the entire series; in fact, Joe's outlines were around 3500 words each so, depending upon formatting, it might have been more pages than that. Glad I had the chance to clarify that.

    • Peter David: (on writing the 'Dark Tower' comic books) The thing that's intimidating is that I am writing a book that's going to one particular person (Stephen King), for whom this is a very personal story. So the notion that I'm going to be doing this adaptation, and that Steve is going to be looking over everything? Yeah, that is kind of daunting.

  • Peter David, the genius writer of comic books.

    My familiarity with David's TV work is slim. I remember watching "Space Cases" and enjoying it slightly, but at the time I was unaware that it was created by one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. If you enjoy David's TV work, it's a given that you'll love his work on the printed page. Check out his run on "Captain Marvel" (2000-2004) for the intergalactic human comedy side of his writing. My personal favorite work of his has to be his run on Marvel's "X-Factor" (from 1991-1993, issues 70-89). Great villians, hilarious one-liners, and the definitive characterizations of many B-list heroes.

    Peter David knows how to write characters better than anyone this side of Joss Whedon.moreless