Peter David is a prolific comic book writer, perhaps best known for his award-winning 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk and as the co-creator of the character Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099. David has also enjoyed lauded runs on titles such as Young Justice, Supergirl, X-Factor and Fallen Angel. It only stands to reason, then, that a comics creator of David's pedigree would take exception to the continued anti-comic book rants from commentator Bill Maher.
The controversy surrounding Maher first began when he responded disrespectfully to the passing of Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee and dismissed comic book culture in general as unimportant. He then doubled down on this sentiment not once, but twice, stating that he felt comic books were nothing more than children's entertainment that adults shouldn't consume. Naturally, these comments have resulted in a fair amount of pushback from comic book fans and professionals in the industry.
In a Facebook post, David pulled no punches when giving his own thoughts on Maher's assertions.
David is just the latest member of the comics community to condemn Maher's comments, joining major creators like Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada, among others. Quesada even went as far as to invite Maher to a Stan Lee tribute, where he hoped the commentator would at least donate to the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit that helps comics creators in financial need, though Maher has yet to accept.