Iconic Batman comic book writer Dennis J. “Denny” O’Neil has passed away at the age 81. This news was confirmed by his family. The writer died at home of natural causes on the night of June 11.
Popular for his works on the OG Batman, O’Neil also wrote Detective Comics and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. He also edited DC’s Batman titles from 1986 to 2000.
He has such a huge contribution to the said comic book. He, along with editor Julius Schwartz and artist Neal Adams, are behind guiding the Dark Knight back to his darker roots after a period of campiness brought on by the success of the 1960s Batman TV series.
When O’Neil was still writing Batman, he created/co-created Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Leslie Thompkins, Azrael, and Richard Dragon; he was also involved in the revitalization of the Joker and Two-Face as modern DC villains, and oversaw the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin.
He is also the man behind the revitalization of Green Arrow and Green Lantern by pairing them up as best friends and “hard-traveling heroes.”
Also at DC, he wrote the iconic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali one-shot, the Armageddon 2001 event, as well as memorable runs on Justice League and the Question.
He also enjoyed a fruitful stint at Marvel, writing Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Daredevil, and was involved in the creation of Madame Web, Hydro-Man, Obadiah Stane, Lady Deathstrike, and the concept for the Transformers – including naming Optimus Prime.
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