As reported at ComicsAlliance, Karl Kesel is selling his Silver Age Marvel comics collection to pay the potentially $50,000 medical cost of getting his adopted newborn son safely detoxed from methadone (his birthmother was addicted to heroin).
In addition to being one of the genuinely nicest guys in the world and my studiomate at Periscope Studio, he also has a pretty hefty comics resumé under his belt— (copy-pasted from the comics Alliance article)
Working with Tom Grummett, Kesel is responsible for the Superboy of the 1990s, a fan-favorite character who endured until DC Comics rebooted him last year (Kesel and Grummett’s second, Kirby-infused run on Superboy is the definitive Boy of Steel, in my view). Inking the pencils of Mike Weiringo and advising writer Mark Waid, Kesel helped bring us what some fans regard as the greatest Fantastic Four comics since the originals by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. A personal favorite of mine is Kesel’s work as a writer on the underrated and very funny Harley Quinn ongoing series, which featured gorgeous artwork by Terry and Rachel Dodson and introduced the animated Batman villain to the DC Universe. Perhaps the most beloved of Kesel’s work is the Spider-Boy one-shot, an amalgam of DC’s Superboy and Marvel’s Spider-Man, which he wrote and inked with Mike Weiringo. Kesel’s list of credits goes on.
What kills me is that Karl and Myrna have medical insurance, if they didn’t their costs would be closer to $100,000. But with insurance, they are still on the line to pay around $50,000 out of pocket to detox an infant from the drugs his birthmother was addicted to.
So if you know any major Silver Age Marvel comics fans, please point them to Blastoff where they can peruse the Karl Kesel collection and help pay for the recovery of a newborn named Isaac.