DENNIS O’NEIL: The kryptonite reality

Dennis O'Neil

Dennis O'Neil was born in 1939, the same year that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics. It was thus perhaps fated that he would be so closely associated with the character, writing and editing the Dark Knight for more than 30 years. He's been an editor at Marvel and DC Comics. In addition to Batman, he's worked on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, the Question, The Shadow and more. O'Neil has won every major award in the industry. His prose novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Denny lives in Rockland County with his wife, Marifran.

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5 Responses

  1. M. Sean McManus says:

    Wha–?!You're just gonna leaving us hanging like that?Engage your wild speculations.

  2. Rob says:

    I don't know where my previous comment went, but here is the info on Krypton(ite)Noble Gases ConceptAlong the extreme right-hand column of the periodic table of elements is a group known as the noble gases: helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon. Also known as the rare gases, they once were called inert gases, because scientists believed them incapable of reacting with other elements. Rare though they are, these gases are a part of everyday life, as evidenced by the helium in balloons, the neon in signs—and the harmful radon in some American homes.

  3. Matthew Phansel says:

    Interesting article, Denny.The book you recommend is EXCELLENT, too!MPH

  4. Matthew Phansel says:

    Interesting article, Denny. It is always a joy to read your works. I hope that we'll see something from you in comic book form in the not too distant future. Maybe a collaboration with Norm Breyfogle or Dick Giordano?I loved the book that you recommend this week.MPH

  5. Steve Atkins says:

    Point of information:The origin of Kryptonite, in regards to the reason the radio program's writers invented it, was simple. Bud Collyer (spelling?), the voice of Superman, was very fatigued and wanted to take a small vacation to rejuvinate himself (and his overworked voice). His bosses tried to deny him this, stating that an entire storyline was hanging in the balance at that moment and a vacation would be impossible. Bud told his unsympatheic employers to make the writers come up with something, since that sort of thing is a writer's job. They did, resulting in the invention of Kryptonite. While Bud enjoyed his time off, the Kryptonite was introduced and someone else (a janitor, according to myth and rumor) was brought in to moan and groan through Superman's scenes.