Barbara Randall Kesel (born October 2, 1960) is an American writer and editor of comic books. Her bibliography includes work for Crossgen, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, and Marvel Comics.
|Born||October 2, 1960|
Hawk and Dove
|Awards||Harvey Award 1996|
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. In 1988, she wrote a Batgirl Special and then co-wrote, with her then-husband Karl Kesel, a Hawk and Dove miniseries, followed by an ongoing series that ran from 1989 until 1991. As a solo writer, Barbara Kesel scripted the licensed Dungeons & Dragons series Spelljammer in 1990–1991 and an adaptation of the D&D novel trilogy Avatar in 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. In the second half of the 1990s, she also wrote for Image Comics, scripting all seven issues of Savant Garde, the miniseries Shattered Image with fellow writer Kurt Busiek, and issues of Stormwatch and WildC.A.T.s. For Marvel Comics, Kesel wrote the limited series Ultragirl (1996–1997) and (with Karl Kesel) the Captain America/Citizen V Annual '98. Kesel also returned to DC and wrote the Alpha Centurion Special (1996), several Superboy issues (1997), and the 'Girlfrenzy!'-oneshot Superman: Lois Lane as well as the Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl one-shot in 1998.
She worked as both a writer and an editor at CrossGen from 2000 to 2004 where she scripted the series Meridian, The First, Sigil and Solus as well as issues of CrossGen Chronicles. In 2007, Tokopop released the first volume of Legends of the Dark Crystal, an OEL manga based on Jim Henson's film The Dark Crystal, written by Kesel. Volume 2 was published in 2010.
As of 2008, she was part of the book packaging company "The Pack" with Lee Nordling, Brian Augustyn, Gordon Kent, and Dave Olbrich. The same year, Barbara Kesel began to work for IDW Publishing, writing a four-part Ghostwhisperer comic miniseries, another miniseries based on the adventure novel series Rogue Angel and the comic adaptation of the animated film Igor.
Kesel has been nominated for the 1991 "Best Editor" Eisner Award for Badlands, Aliens: Genocide and Star Wars. 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. She won the 1996 "Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work" Harvey Award, for Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August.
- The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths OGN (among others) (2011)
- Mine! OGN (among others) (2018)
- CrossGen Chronicles #1, 3, 6 (2000–2002)
- CrossGenesis #1 (2000)
- The First #1–37 (2000–2003)
- Meridian #1–44 (2000–2004)
- Sigil #1–11, 20 (2000–2002)
- Solus #1–8 (2003)
Dark Horse ComicsEdit
- Aliens vs. Predator: Booty #1 (1996)
- Comics' Greatest World: Catalyst: Agents of Change (#8) (1993)
- Comics' Greatest World: Mecha (#6) (1993)
- Comics' Greatest World: Rebel (#5) (1993)
- Comics' Greatest World: Titan (#7) (1993)
- Dark Horse Presents vol. 3 #18–20 (2016)
- Hard Looks #1 (with Andrew Vachss) (1992)
- Real Adventures of Jonny Quest #9–10 (1997)
- Will to Power #7–9 (1994)
- Action Comics #574 (1985)
- Adventures of Superman #557 (1998)
- Alpha Centurion Special #1 (1996)
- Avatar #1–3 (1991)
- Batgirl Special #1 (1988)
- Batman #401 (1986)
- DC Comics Presents #94 (1986)
- Detective Comics #518–519 (Batgirl backup stories) (1982)
- Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl #1 (1998)
- Elvira's House of Mystery Special #1 (1987)
- The Fury of Firestorm #57 (1987)
- Hawk and Dove vol. 2 #1–5 (1988)
- Hawk and Dove vol. 3 #1–28, Annual #1–2 (1989–1991)
- Hawkman vol. 2 #10 (1987)
- Heroes Against Hunger #1 (1986)
- Invasion! Special: Daily Planet #1 (1989)
- New Talent Showcase #15 (1985)
- The New Titans #68–69 (1990)
- Secret Origins vol. 2 #20 (Batgirl); #43 (Hawk and Dove) (1987–1989)
- Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #13 (2015)
- Spelljammer #1–8, 11 (1990–1991)
- Superboy vol. 3 #43–44, 48–49, Annual #2 (1995–1998)
- Supergirl Annual #1 (1996)
- Superman: Lois Lane #1 (1998)
- Team Superman Secret Files #1 (1998)
- Teen Titans Spotlight #19 (1988)
- TSR Worlds #1 (1990)
- Who's Who in the DC Universe #1–2, 4, 6–7 (1990–1991)
- Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #1–6 (1988)
- Exciting X-Patrol #1 (1997)
- X-Patrol #1 (1996)
- Ghost Whisperer: The Muse #1–4 (2008–2009)
- Igor: Movie Adaptation #1–4 (2008)
- My Little Pony: Friends Forever #12, 25 (2014, 2016)
- My Little Pony Micro-Series #4 (2013)
- Rogue Angel: Teller of Tall Tales #1–5 (2008)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #7 (2012)
- Womanthology: Heroic OGN (among others) (2011)
- Womanthology: Space #5 (2013)
- Gen¹³ Bootleg #19 (1998)
- Savant Garde #1–7 (1997)
- Savant Garde Fan Edition #1–3 (1997)
- Shattered Image #1–4 (with Kurt Busiek) (1996)
- Stormwatch #29–30 (1995)
- WildC.A.T.s #35–36 (1997)
Lion Forge ComicsEdit
- Airwolf: Airstrikes #4 (2015)
Silver Dragon BooksEdit
- Animal Planet: The World's Most Dangerous Animals (among others) (2012)
- Arcana Volume 1–5 (English adaptation) (2005–2007)
- Legends of the Dark Crystal Volume 1–2 (2007–2010)
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
- Contino, Jennifer M. (May 2000). "The Accidental Writer Barbara Kesel". Sequential Tart. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007.
- Barbara J. Randall at the Grand Comics Database, Barbara Randall at the Grand Comics Database, and Barbara Kesel at the Grand Comics Database
- Barbara Randall (editor) at the Grand Comics Database and Barbara Kesel (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1980s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 170. ISBN 978-1465424563.
Scribe Barbara Randall and penciller Barry Kitson retired Batgirl after one final adventure in her first solo comic.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: 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.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- Appelcline, Shannon (2011). Designers & Dragons. Swindon, United Kingdom: Mongoose Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- Manning "1990s" in Dougall, p. 236: "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."
- "Barbara Randall Kesel/Co-founder". The-pack.biz. n.d. Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2008.
- "1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016.
- "1995 Harvey Awards". Harvey Awards. 2016. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016.
- "1996 Harvey Awards". Harvey Awards. 2016. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016.
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