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, Editor
Notable works
Suicide Squad

Kim Yale (November 22, 1953[1] – March 7, 1997) was an American writer and editor of comic books for several publishers including DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, First Comics, Marvel Comics, and WaRP Graphics.[2]


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 elsewhere before resettling in Evanston during her teen years.[citation needed] She earned a B.A. in English from Knox College.[3]

Yale's first published comics work appeared in 1987 in the New America limited series,[2] a spin-off of Timothy Truman's Scout series published by Eclipse Comics. She married fellow comics creator, and frequent collaborator, John Ostrander the same year. 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).[2][5]

The two co-wrote Manhunter, a series which DC launched in the wake of the Millennium crossover.[2] Their collaboration on Suicide Squad[6] included the "Janus Directive" storyline in issues #27–30 and the creation of the character Dybbuk in issue #45 (Sept. 1990).[7] 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.[8]

Friends of Lulu[edit]

Yale was heavily involved with the Friends of Lulu, an organization promoting women in comics that operated from 1994-2011. Yale served as a member of the board and Vice-President of the New York chapter.[3] The Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent, an award given by the Friends of Lulu organization, was named in her honor.


Yale wrote an ongoing column in the Comics Buyer's Guide, in which she detailed her battle against breast cancer. Following her diagnosis, the cancer spread to her abdomen and pelvis, a process she described in detail to the readers of the column. The cancer made it very difficult for her to write, and the origin story for Oracle included in The Batman Chronicles #5 (1996) was her last project. Yale died of breast cancer in 1997 at the age of 43.[9]


As writer[edit]

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)

As editor[edit]

DC Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kim Yale at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ a b Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Yale, Kim". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007. 
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: 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. ^ Ulaby, Neda (August 4, 2016). "The Unsung Heroine Who Helped Shape Suicide Squad". NPR. Archived from the original on June 21, 2017. Writer John Ostrander created the comic (with artist Luke McDonnell) and Ostrander's late wife, Kimberly Yale, co-wrote it for much of its run. 
  7. ^ Beatty, Scott (2008), "Dybbuk", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley, p. 111, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5 
  8. ^ Kim Yale (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ Cronin, Brian (May 30, 2009). "The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – Y". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. Yale was sadly quite sick at the time with breast cancer. 

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