|Born||November 22, 1953|
|Died||March 7, 1997(aged 43)|
Kim Yale (November 22, 1953 – March 7, 1997) was an American writer and editor of comic books for several comic book companies, including DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, First Comics, Marvel Comics, and Warp Graphics.
Yale was born in Evanston, Illinois, to the Reverend Richard A. Yale and Theresa Yale. Her father was a Navy chaplain which meant that for many years she and her family moved to various locations in the United States and abroad before resettling in Evanston during her teenage years.
Yale's first published comics work appeared in 1987 in the New America limited series, a spin off of Timothy Truman's Scout series published by Eclipse Comics. She married a fellow comics creator, and frequent collaborator, John Ostrander the same year. Yale and Ostrander developed the character of Barbara Gordon into Oracle, and wrote her origin story in the short story "Oracle: Year One" published in The Batman Chronicles #5 (Summer 1996). They also co-wrote the Manhunter series which DC launched in the wake of the Millennium crossover. Their collaboration on Suicide Squad included the "Janus Directive" storyline in issues #27-30 and the creation of the character Dybbuk in issue #45 (Sept. 1990). Yale served as an editor for DC from 1991–1993 and oversaw licensed titles such as Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
She was also heavily involved with the Friends of Lulu, an organization promoting women in comics, working as a member of the board. Yale wrote an ongoing column in the Comics Buyer's Guide, in which she detailed her battle against breast cancer. The Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent has been named in her honor.
Yale died of breast cancer in 1997, aged 43.
- The Batman Chronicles #5 (1996)
- Comet #11 (1992)
- Deadshot #1-4 (1988–1989)
- Manhunter #1-24 (1988–1990)
- Suicide Squad #23-24, 27-32, 34, 36-37, 39-43, 45-66 (1989–1992)
- New America #1-4 (1987–1988)
- Real War Stories #2 (1991)
- The Gift: A First Publishing Holiday Special #1 (1990)
- Grimjack #44-45, 48, 53, 58-59, 61, 64, 66, 70-81 (1988–1991)
- Munden's Bar Annual #2 (1991)
- Double Edge: Omega #1 (1995)
- Excalibur Annual #2 (1994)
- ElfQuest: Kahvi #1-6 (1995–1996)
- ElfQuest: New Blood #9 (1993)
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
- The Virginian-Pilot, March 10, 1997
- Kim Yale at the Grand Comics Database
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Barbara [Gordon] set herself as an information guru...Called Oracle, Barbara was recruited by the Suicide Squad in the pages of issue #23 of the Squad's comic, written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale, and pencilled by Luke McDonnell."
- Ostrander, John (June 19, 2008). "Comic Reality Bytes". ComicMix.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
- Beatty, Scott (2008), "Dybbuk", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, Dorling Kindersley, p. 111, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5
- Kim Yale (editor, DC Comics) at the Grand Comics Database