Donald F. Glut
Donald F. Glut began his professional career in 1966, writing articles for and finally editing the magazine Modern Monsters. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a BA degree in Cinema, Don worked as a musician, singer and songwriter in The Penny Arkade, a rock band produced by “Monkee” Michael Nesmith. To date he has authored numerous motion picture and television scripts (Shazam!, Land of the Lost, and animation, e.g., Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, Transformers, G.I.Joe, Duck Tales, Jonny Quest, X-Men, others), comic-book scripts (Captain America, Tarzan, etc., including creating for Gold Key Dagar the Invincible, The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor and Tragg and the Sky Gods)and more than 35 novels and nonfiction books.
Perhaps Don is best known for his novelization of the movie The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the nation’s No. 1 bestseller for almost two months, which to date (still in print) has sold over 3.5 million copies. In 1982 he created characters and back story for Mattel’s “Masters of the Universe” toy line. Among his more recent books is Chomper, an entry in the popular “Dinotopia” series.
Don is the president of Frontline Entertainment (www.frontlinefilms.com), for which he has written, directed and co-produced the motion pictures Dinosaur Valley Girls™, Before La Brea, a documentary commissioned by the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Los Angeles, The Mummy’s Kiss and Blood Scarab.
In addition to his entertainment and publishing fields work, Glut is known internationally for his work with dinosaurs, a subject he has been seriously interested in since the age of seven. He has lectured on dinosaurs at museums, universities and other institutions in the USA and Europe, and often appears on TV and radio talk shows, discussing dinosaurs, monster movies and other topics. In 1999 and 2000, respectively, he became a volunteer at both The Field Museum (Chicago) and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.