Barbara Kesel


Barbara Kesel initially entered the comics industry after writing a 10-page letter to editor Dick Giordano regarding the portrayal of female comic book characters. Her first published comics story (credited as “Barbara J. Randall”) was “He with Secrets Fears the Sound…”, a Batgirl backup feature, in Detective Comics #518 (Sept. 1982). She became an associate editor at DC Comics in 1985 and was promoted to editor the following year.[4] In 1988, she wrote a Batgirl Special and then co-wrote, with her then-husband Karl Kesel, a Hawk and Dove miniseries. As a solo writer, Barbara Kesel scripted the Spelljammer series in 1990–1991. She became an editor at Dark Horse Comics in 1991 and later was part of Team CGW, responsible for most of the design and creation of the setting and characters in the Golden City location. Kesel returned to DC and wrote the Elseworld’s Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl one-shot in 1998. She worked as both a writer and an editor[4] at CrossGen from 2000 to 2004. As of 2008, she was part of the book packaging company “The Pack” with Lee Nordling, Brian Augustyn, Gordon Kent, and Dave Olbrich. Kesel is an outspoken opponent of sexism in the comic book industry. She is known for her strong female characters and created Grace, the ruler of the Golden City location in Comics’ Greatest World.

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