Donald F. Glut
|Intro||American writer, film director, musician, actor|
|Is||Film director Screenwriter Writer Film producer Actor Singer Science fiction writer|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature Music|
|Birth||19 February 1944, Pecos, Reeves County, Texas, USA|
Donald F. Glut (/ɡluːt/; born February 19, 1944) is an American writer, motion picture film director, and screenwriter. He is best known for writing the novelization of the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.
From 1953 to 1969, Glut made a total of 41 amateur films, on subjects ranging from dinosaurs, to unauthorized adaptations of such characters as Superman, The Spirit, and Spider-Man.
Due to publicity he received in the pages of Forrest J Ackerman's magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, Glut was able to achieve a degree of notoriety based on his work. This allowed him to increase the visibility of his films by obtaining the services of known actors such as Kenne Duncan and Glenn Strange, who reprised his most famous role as the Frankenstein Monster for Glut.
His final amateur film was 1969's Spider-Man, after which he moved into professional work full-time.
On October 3, 2006, Epoch Cinema released a two-DVD set of all 41 of Glut's amateur films titled I Was A Teenage Moviemaker. The total running time of both DVDs is 480 minutes, and includes a documentary about the making of those films, with interviews with Forrest J Ackerman, Randal Kleiser, Bob Burns, Jim Harmon, Scott Shaw, Paul Davids, Bill Warren, and others.
Over the next decades, Glut pursued a variety of professions in the entertainment field. He worked heavily as a screenwriter, mostly in children's television on shows such as Shazam!, Land of the Lost, Spider-Man, Transformers, Challenge of the GoBots, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, DuckTales, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, X-Men, and many more.
He also claimed to have created some of the characters and much of the back story for the Masters of the Universe toy line, which served as the basis for the TV show.
With the release of 1996's Dinosaur Valley Girls, Glut began a professional directing career that has seen him helm several exploitation-style films, such as The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula (2001), The Mummy's Kiss (2003), Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood (2004), The Mummy's Kiss: 2nd Dynasty (2006), and Blood Scarab (2007).
Having been a classmate of George Lucas at the University of Southern California, Glut wrote the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Glut has written approximately 65 published books, both novels and nonfiction, plus numerous children's books based on franchises. Many of his nonfiction books have been about dinosaurs, including Dinosaur Dictionary and the Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia series of reference works.
Glut created and wrote several series for Western Publishing's line of Gold Key Comics including The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor, Dagar the Invincible, and Tragg and the Sky Gods. At Marvel Comics, he wrote Captain America, The Invaders, Kull the Destroyer, Solomon Kane, Star Wars, and What If...?. His work for Warren Publishing included Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella.
1967–1968 Glut played bass for The Penny Arkade. They recorded only one album, produced by Michael Nesmith of the Monkees. The album was not released until 2004 as a limited Record Store Day LP/CD by Sundazed.
- The Frankenstein Legend: A Tribute to Mary Shelley and Boris Karloff (1973)
- The Dracula Book (1975)
- Spawn (#43) (1976)
- The Great Television Heroes (1975)
- The Dinosaur Scrapbook (1980)
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- The Dinosaur Dictionary (1988)
- Classic Movie Monsters (1991)
- The Complete Dinosaur Dictionary (1992)
- Chomper (Dinotopia No. 11) (2000)
- Jurassic Classics: A Collection of Saurian Essays and Mesozoic Musings (2000)
- The Frankenstein Archive: Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies, and More (2002)
- True Vampires of History (2004)
- True Werewolves of History (2004)
- Shock Theatre, Chicago Style: WBKB-TV's Late Night Horror Showcase, 1957-1959 (2012)
- Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #4 (1973)
- Mad House #95 (1974)
- Red Circle Sorcery #8, 11 (1974–1975)
- Ghost Manor #29 (1976)
- Ghostly Haunts #50 (1976)
- Ghostly Tales #125, 163 (1977–1983)
- House of Mystery #227, 259, 290 (1974–1981)
- House of Secrets #121 (1974)
Gold Key Comics/Western Publishing
- Dr. Spektor Presents Spine-Tingling Tales #1–4 (1975–1976)
- Gold Key Spotlight #6, 8–9 (1977)
- Grimm's Ghost Stories #24, 35, 38 (1975–1977)
- The Little Monsters #27, 36, 38, 43–44 (1974–1978)
- Mystery Comics Digest #1–21, 23–26 (1972–1975)
- The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor #1–25 (1973–1982)
- Tales of Sword and Sorcery: Dagar the Invincible #1–19 (1972–1982)
- Tragg and the Sky Gods #1–9 (1975–1982)
- Arrgh #3 (1975)
- Captain America #217–221 (1978)
- Ghost Rider (vol. 2) #22 (1977)
- Invaders #29–31, 34, 37–41 (1978–1979)
- Kull the Destroyer #21–29 (1977–1978)
- Marvel Premiere #36–37 (3-D Man) (1977)
- Marvel Preview #19 (1979)
- Savage Sword of Conan #19, 22, 25–26, 33–34, 37, 39, 46, 49, 53–54 (Solomon Kane backup stories) (1977–1980)
- Star Wars #10 (1978)
- Thor #279 (1979)
- Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #5–6, Annual #1 (1975–1976)
- Vampire Tales #5 (text article) (1974)
- What If...? #5, 7–10, 12, 14, 22 (1977–1980)
- X-Men Adventures #4 (1993)
- The Twilight Zone #1 (1990)
- Psycho #8 (1972)
- Creepy #29–32, 42 (1969–1971)
- Eerie #25, 30, 32, 36, 39–41, 51, 125 (1969–1981)
- Vampirella #1–5, 8–9, 16, 18–19, 23, 37, 90, Annual #1 (1969–1980)
- Shazam! (1974)
- Land of the Lost (1975)
- Space Sentinels (1977)
- The New Shmoo (1979)
- Spider-Man (1981-1982)
- The Biskitts (1983)
- Monchhichis (1983)
- Mighty Orbots (1984)
- The Transformers (1984-1986)
- Challenge of the GoBots (1985)
- G.I. Joe (Sunbow) (1985)
- Foofur (1986)
- The Centurions (1986)
- DuckTales (1987)
- Sky Commanders (1987)
- Dino-Riders (1988)
- RoboCop (1988)
- X-Men (1993)
- Bureau of Alien Detectors (1996)
The Penny Arkade
- Not the Freeze (Sundazed, 2004)