Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny, by 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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  1. Michael H. Price says:

    Right you are, Denny. Just when one seems to have pinned down a definitive "first," there surfaces a firster first. No absolutes in art or in artifice.I had already latched onto Stan Lee's instinctive ear for conversational dialogue by the time I started backtracking to catch up with the E.C.'s — they weren't so much before my time as they had been over my preschooler head — and noticing, for example, the occasional Damon Runyonisms in Al Feldstein's prose (an issue of IMPACT, if memory serves) and similarly like-real tones of voice.Many of the comic STRIPS had been slanging things up all along, and one finds scattered such examples as far back in the comic BOOKS as "Slam Bradley" and "Plastic Man," but it seems to have taken Stan Lee to nail varying speech patterns, as opposed to caricatured dialects, as a sustained element of characterization. Fascinating.