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February 8, 2001
David Mack: Alive and Well
Daredevil Artist Neither Stabbed, Nor in Prison
By Jim McLauchlin
Los Angeles-area comic fans got a bit of shock with their morning coffee on February 7th. A large headline in the Metro section of the Los Angeles Times declared "David Mack Stabbed."
Fortunately for fans of Daredevil and Kabuki, it wasn't comic writer/artist David Mack. The Mack in question was a former Los Angeles police officer serving a 14-year prison sentence for bank robbery.
"I started getting calls early in the morning from friends asking me if I was alright, and what I did to land in the joint in the first place," our David Mack said. The artist remains at-large, and claims he's never been arrested, although he admits he was "a bit of a troublemaker back in school, I guess."
David Mack the bank robber was attacked by a group of fellow inmates, according to the Times, and one of his lungs was punctured with a sharp object. "I know a lot about sharp objects," artistic David Mack admitted. "There are tons of 'em in Kabuki -- knives, swords, shuriken. But I've never been punctured by one. At least not yet."
The similarities between the Macks are uncanny. Incarcerated David Mack, a onetime college track star, was working out when he was attacked. "I try to keep in shape and eat right," comic-book Mack said. "And I won my own share of track medals in high school," he said. "I don't think they would have caught me."
Experts agree that prison attacks are often reprisals orchestrated by masterminds who keep themselves personally removed from the crime. On a related note, noted comic writer, rabble-rouser and Mack acquaintance Brian Michael Bendis was conspicuously out of the country in New Zealand at the time of the attack.