DENNIS O’NEIL: Do You Believe In Magic?

Dennis O'Neil

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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4 Responses

  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    "I can’t help wondering if there’s a connection between the resurgence of make-believe necromancy and the resurgence of that ole time religion." Pretty much what I opined in my column a couple weeks back. I think it's all a continuum; after all, why is one (magic) considered make-believe and the other (religion) real? It's all much of a muchness, isn't it?

  2. M. Sean McManus says:

    I was under the impression that magic and science are the basically the same thing… at least from an emotional point of view. It's easier to believe in magic, people have the world over, it's the emphasis on faith that is confounding to me.I found this quote on-line, "In some cases of magic which have come before us we have seen that the operation of spirits is assumed, and that an attempt is made to win their favour by prayer and sacrifice. But these cases are on the whole exceptional; they exhibit magic tinged and alloyed with religion. Wherever sympathetic magic occurs in its pure unadulterated form, it assumes that in nature one event follows another necessarily and invariably without the intervention of any spiritual or personal agency. Thus its fundamental conception is identical with that of modern science; underlying the whole system is a faith, implicit but real and firm, in the order and uniformity of nature."-Sir James George Frazera href="<a href="http://englishatheist.org/bough/chapter4.shtml&quot; rel="nofollow"&gt <a href="http://;http://englishatheist.org/bough/chapter4.shtml">LINK;http://englishatheist.org/bough/chapter4.shtml">LINK<br />

  3. M. Sean McManus says:

    Sorry, that link got messed up:http://englishatheist.org/bough/chapter4.shtml

  4. Alan Coil says:

    I believe in magic, so I clapped my hands. {{smiley}}