February 19, 2018

Top Comics Writer Arnold Drake Dies

By LJ Staff

Arnold Drake, a legendary comics writer who penned stories for DC, Marvel, and Gold Key Comics, died March 12 of pneumonia and related complications. He was 83. During his long and distinguished career, Drake created such popular characters as Deadman, the Doom Patrol including Beast Boy, and Stanley and his Monster. A fan favorite, Drake continued making personal appearances, most recently meeting with comics heads at the New York Comic Con in late February. "Arnold was one of the craftsmen who built the DC universe," Paul Levitz, DC Comics’s president and publisher, said. "He loved telling tales, making readers laugh or jump in their seats, and making the world a more interesting place." Drake studied journalism at the University of Missouri, but a chance meeting with Batman creator Bob Kane drew him into the comics world. In addition to his comics work, Drake also wrote several produced screenplays and novels.