Mike Baron was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from The University Of Wisconsin with a BA in political science. While he was still in college, his aspirations of becoming a comic book artist were dashed when he was introduced to Steve Rude. The two formed a fast friendship which led to the eventual creation of Nexus. Baron is a prolific writer, having written stories for Marvel and DC as well as many independent companies. He is a lifelong fan of Bruce Lee, and has a second degree black belt in karate.
Baron and Rude's first comics creation was a series of short stories detailing the adventures of a post apocalyptic encyclopedia salesman. The series would eventually see print in Pacific Comics Vanguard anthology series, however it was initially rejected by Capital Comics who instead asked the creators to come up with a superhero title instead. They came up with Nexus, and the rest is history. Baron went on to create the Badger series for Capital as well. Both properties were purchased by First Comics when Capital stopped publishing. Baron stayed with Nexus and Badger for many years, writing every issue up to their cancellation when First folded in the early nineties. Baron has since written lengthy runs on Punisher for Marvel, and The Flash for DC. He is currently taking a break from steady comics writing while he finishes his second novel. He cites Carl Barks and Philip Jose Farmer as his two biggest writing influences.
Currently he has turned to crowdfunding to create creator owned stories that would not be published in any other way. The Thin Blue Line is a graphic novel thats displays his love for law enforcement in the United States. He also released a Florida Man comic based on internet headlines about criminals in the state.
2002 Witchblade: Demons (IBooks)
1993 Best Writer/Artist
1993 Best Single Issue/Story, Nexus: The Origin