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Karl Kesel (born 1959) is an American comics writer and inker whose works have primarily been under contract for DC Comics. He is a member of Periscope Studio.
Karl Kesel was born on January 7, 1959. He is the creator of the modern Superboy character, Kon El, who debuted and was defined during the Return of Superman story arc, starting from Adventures of Superman #500.
For several years, he was married to fellow comics writer Barbara Kesel (née Randall), with whom he wrote Hawk and Dove; they have since divorced.
Kesel is particularly noted by fans for his fondness for the concepts created by Jack Kirby.