Barbara Kesel

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Barbara Kesel
Born (1960-10-02) October 2, 1960 (age 55)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Awards Harvey Award 1996

Barbara Randall Kesel is an American writer and editor of comic books; her bibliography includes work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Crossgen, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics.


Kesel initially came into the comics world after writing a 10-page letter to editor Dick Giordano regarding the portrayal of female comic book characters. With her then-husband Karl Kesel, she co-wrote a Hawk and Dove miniseries in 1988 which was drawn by Rob Liefeld.[1] She wrote a Spelljammer comic from 1990–1991[2] and the Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl one-shot in 1998.[3]

At Dark Horse, Kesel was part of Team CGW, responsible for most of the design and creation of the setting and characters in the Golden City location.

She is currently part of book packaging company The Pack, alongside Lee Nordling, Brian Augustyn, Gordon Kent and Dave Olbrich.[4]

Kesel is a very outspoken opponent of sexism in the comic book industry. She is known for her strong female characters, influencing her husband's work on Lois Lane in the Superman titles[citation needed] and creating Grace, the ruler of the Golden City location in Comics' Greatest World.

She was married to fellow comic book writer Karl Kesel; they have since divorced.


Comics she has written include:

Comics she has edited:

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Kesel has been nominated for the 1991 "Best Editor" Eisner Award for Badlands, Aliens: Genocide and Star Wars.[5] In 1995, she was nominated for "Best Anthology" and "Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Material" Harvey Awards for, respectively, Instant Piano and Hellboy: Seed of Destruction.[6] She won the 1996 "Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work" Harvey Award, for Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August.[7]


  1. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Written by Barbara and Karl Kesel and drawn by future superstar Rob Liefeld, this five-issue miniseries reestablished the famous pair for a new generation. 
  2. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1990s". Batman: A Visual History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 236. ISBN 978-1465424563. In this prestige format Elseworlds tale, a new take on the World's Finest team was delivered to readers courtesy of writer Barbara Kesel and plotter/artists Matt Haley and Tom Simmons. 
  4. ^ Home of The Pack website. Accessed April 15, 2008
  5. ^ 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners, Comic Book Award Almanac
  6. ^ 1995 Harvey Award Nominees Archived February 19, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ 1996 Harvey Award Nominees Archived October 5, 2008 at the Wayback Machine


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