DENNIS O’NEIL: Dick gets his due

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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3 Responses

  1. Bo Hampton says:

    Hooray!!Huzzah!!!It's about damn time. I first read UBIK at age 17and Three Stigmata shortly thereafter. Amazing stuff. Most of his stuffplays infinitely better in print but I thought of the films I saw,"Impostor"was well done. BTW Dick's biography [by a Frenchman I can't recall] is excellent.

  2. M. Sean McManus says:

    Just started getting into Philip K. last year. I read Ubik, Eye in the Sky, and meant to re-read `androids but never got around to it. I wanted something I didn't know anything about, unsullied by Hollywood and I found it hard to decide. He wrote so much and it all sounds so good. I'll try the Three Stigmata based on these recommendations.ThanksS

  3. Zonker says:

    As I recall, Three Stigmata is pretty challenging (more seriously weird than the averagely-weird PKD). A better entry point might be A Maze of Death, which deals with PKD reality-bending, but still gives you a roadmap back to objective reality. A Scanner Darkly is also well-grounded, and may be his darkly funniest novel. I suppose it is possible to read Valis and emerge completely untouched, but I feel sorry for those who can. Ursula K. LeGuin cautioned that Valis (as a book) crossed too far over into madness, so proceed with caution. Fortunately the final PKD novel may be the most sane, humane book of his life: The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. But don't start there: you need to go on the PKD journey before you are ready for the destination.