Kim Yale

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Kim Yale
Kim Yale (1953-1997).jpg
Born (1953-11-22)November 22, 1953
Died March 7, 1997(1997-03-07) (aged 43)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Suicide Squad

Kim Yale (November 22, 1953[1] – March 7, 1997[2]) 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.[3]


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.[2]

Yale's first published comics work appeared in 1987 in the New America limited series,[3] 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.[2] Yale and Ostrander developed the character of Barbara Gordon into Oracle,[4] and wrote her origin story in the short story "Oracle: Year One" published in The Batman Chronicles #5 (Summer 1996).[3][5] They also co-wrote the Manhunter series which DC launched in the wake of the Millennium crossover.[3] 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).[6] 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.[7]

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.[2] The Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent has been named in her honor.

Yale died of breast cancer in 1997, aged 43.[2]


DC Comics[edit]

Eclipse Comics[edit]

First Comics[edit]

  • 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)

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Double Edge: Omega #1 (1995)
  • Excalibur Annual #2 (1994)

WaRP Graphics[edit]

  • ElfQuest: Kahvi #1-6 (1995–1996)
  • ElfQuest: New Blood #9 (1993)


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d e The Virginian-Pilot, March 10, 1997
  3. ^ a b c d Kim Yale at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ 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." 
  5. ^ Ostrander, John (June 19, 2008). "Comic Reality Bytes". Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Beatty, Scott (2008), "Dybbuk", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, Dorling Kindersley, p. 111, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5 
  7. ^ Kim Yale (editor, DC Comics) at the Grand Comics Database

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