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Mike Baron (born July 1, 1949)[1] is an American comic book writer and the creator of Badger and the co-creator of Nexus with Steve Rude.

Mike Baron
Born (1949-07-01) July 1, 1949 (age 70)
Notable works
The Flash
The Punisher
AwardsInkpot Award 1988
Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist 1993


Mike Baron entered the comics industry with an illustrated text piece in Weird Trips Magazine #1 (March 1974) published by Kitchen Sink Press.[2] In 1981, he published his first formal comics script with Nexus, the science fiction title he co-created with illustrator Steve Rude; the series garnered numerous honors, including Eisner Awards for both creators. A prolific creator, Baron is responsible for The Badger, Ginger Fox, Spyke, Feud, and many other comic book titles. He and artist Jackson Guice relaunched The Flash in June 1987.[3] Baron and Klaus Janson introduced the character Microchip as an ally of the Punisher in The Punisher #4 (November 1987).[4] In 1988, Baron wrote the "Deadman" feature in Action Comics Weekly which led to two subsequent Deadman limited series.[5] Baron has also written numerous other mainstream characters including Batman and several Star Wars adaptations for Dark Horse Comics. In 2014, Baron published Biker, his first novel, about reformed motorcycle hoodlum Josh Pratt. First in the 'Bad Road Rising' series. In 2018, Liberty Island Press will release six Josh Pratt novels, and Disco, a story about a boy and his dog. He has created Q-Ball, a comic about martial arts and espionage, with Barry McClain Jr.


Baron has listed Carl Barks[6] and Philip José Farmer as influences on his fiction writing.[7]


Mike Baron received an Inkpot Award in 1988.[8] He has been nominated for Best Writer in the Kirby, Harvey, and Eisner Awards, and has won two Eisners ("Best Single Issue" and "Best Writer/Artist Team" both with Rude) for his work on Nexus.[9]


Capital ComicsEdit

  • Badger #1–4 (1983–1984)
  • Nexus #1–3 (1981–1982)
  • Nexus vol. 2 #1–6

Dark Horse ComicsEdit

  • Badger: Shattered Mirror #1–4 (1994)
  • Badger: Zen Pop Funny-Animal Version #1–2 (1994)
  • Dark Horse Presents #84 (1994)
  • Dark Horse Presents vol. 3 #12–14, 23–26 (2012–2013)
  • Nexus #89–98 (1996–1997)
  • Nexus: Alien Justice #1–3 (1992–1993)
  • Nexus: The Origin #1 (1992)
  • Nexus: The Wages of Sin #1–4 (1995)
  • Star Wars: Dark Force Rising #1–6 (1997)
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire #1–6 (1995–1996)
  • Star Wars: The Last Command #1–6 (1997–1998)
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron: The Rebel Opposition #1–4 (1995)

DC ComicsEdit

First ComicsEdit

  • Badger #5–70 (1985–1991)
  • Badger Bedlam #1 (1991)
  • Badger Goes Berserk #1–4 (1989)
  • The Chronicles of Corum #1–9 (1987–1988)
  • Crossroads #2, 5 (1988)
  • Hammer of God #1–4 (1990)
  • Hexbreaker: A Badger Graphic Novel (1988)
  • Nexus vol. 2 #7–80 (1985–1991)
  • The Next Nexus #1–4 (1989)

Malibu ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Rude Dude ProductionsEdit

  • Nexus:Space Opera #1–4 (2007–2009)

Valiant ComicsEdit


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Mike Baron at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Written by Mike Baron, with art by Jackson Guice, the Flash's new adventures began with his twentieth birthday party.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 232. ISBN 978-0756641238. Linus 'Microchip' Lieberman first appeared in this issue by writer Mike Baron and artist Klaus Janson.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Martin, Brian (August 2017). "Where the Action is...Weekly". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (98): 65–67.
  6. ^ Casey, Joe (2004). "Casey Interviews Baron: Detonation Now!". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 3, 2004. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ Price, Matthew (September 19, 2008). "Mike Baron talks Nexus, Badger and more". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. I only claim a couple of antecedents. I’ve been greatly inspired by the science fiction work of Philip Jose Farmer. And the way a story is constructed by Carl Barks. Though you might not see that in there. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Inkpot Award Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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Preceded by
The Flash vol. 2 writer
Succeeded by
William Messner-Loebs
Preceded by
The Punisher vol. 2 writer
Succeeded by
Dan Abnett and
Andy Lanning