The Super-Hero Car, 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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4 Responses

  1. Mike Gold says:

    One of the true joys of sharing an office with Denny was that every once in a while he’d mutter something editorish that would break into my rock hard brainpan. His best line: “It might be phony science,” Mr. O’Neil said, “but it’s OUR phony science.” Meaning, you establish your pseudo-science rules and you stick to them. A great storytelling truth.

  2. mike weber says:

    I forget who it was, but i remember an SF author talkng about world-building on a panel at WorldCon, years ago.She said that she allows herself to insert one piece of the wonder element, Boloniuim, in each storyu. Bolonium, like the Swiss Army Knife (or Venom) can do anything.But, she said, you only get one piece of Bolonium, you can't change it after you describe it, and you have to make everything proceed logically from there.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Gardner Fox said something along those lines in a mid-60s Batman story. He said his editor (Julie Schwartz) only allowed him one coincidence per story. But that was before we all succumbed to Continuitymania — now, there's no such thing as coincidence, merely something that happens between the time it will be explained and the time it'll be retconned into oblivion… for a while.

  3. Sal Loria says:

    While the topic of this column was great, I zeroed in on one thing: Dennis' "education" under Stan Lee. To me, that's the clincher, and is one of the most important things for creators to learn today: know your history and listen to the previous generations, and eventually (provided you have the goods), future creators will be looking at your body of work as well.