Lady Creator ProFile Friday:
Kim Yale (November 22, 1953 – March 7, 1997) was an American writer and editor of comic books for multiple comic book companies, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, First Comics and Warp Graphics.
She married fellow comics creator, and frequent collaborator, John Ostrander in 1987. Yale and Ostrander were associated with developing the character of Barbara Gordon into Oracle, and wrote her origin story in the short story Oracle: Year One.
She was also heavily involved with the Friends of Lulu, an organization promoting women in comics, working as a member of the board. Yale also penned an ongoing column in the Comics Buyers Guide, in which she detailed her battle against breast cancer, which she eventually passed away from in 1997, aged 43. The Friends of Lulu award for the Best New Female Comics Creator has been named in her honor.
[Source: Wikipedia; Photo from John Ostrander’s Facebook album]
She also looks a lot like Barbara Gordon, and I can’t help but wonder if that lent itself towards her connection to the character and her desire to “rehabilitate” Babs (as a character, not the character herself, of course)