Peter Allen David is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. David often joking describes his occupation as "writer of stuff".
David is Jewish (a fact he frequently references in his weekly 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 marketing 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 freelance 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.
At Marvel Comics, in addition to his Hulk and Spider-Man work, he created the character Spider-Man 2099, and had stints on Heroes Return, X-Factor, 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, and also a long run on Supergirl, as well as 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).
David has published dozens of novels, which have made numerous appearances on the New York Times bestseller list. He is best known for his Star Trek novels, including Q-in-Law, Vendetta, and Imzadi, one of the best-selling Star Trek novels. He is also the co-creator and author of the New Frontier series taking place in the Star Trek universe, and several Babylon 5 novels.
He has also written original science fiction and fantasy works, including Knight Life, Howling Mad, and Sir Apropos of Nothing, 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 on Pooh Corner".
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.