|(Writer - Gotham City 14 Miles; Marvel.com; Ghostbusters: Con-Volution; Star Wars Tales; JLA/JSA Secret Files; Hawkman Secret Files)|
|A native Toledoan, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he’s written Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. Recently, he edited a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series, GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES.|
Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press and is also writing a book about the comics industry during the decade that made him the huge fan he is today, the 1970s.