Primary Sources, 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. Rick Taylor says:


    A fresh gaze would be refreshing!

  2. Rick Taylor says:

    I agree Glenn but I think Denny is also speaking about having a little more info from the creators that aren’t here anymore about how they did what they did.

    It’s not just about what they left behind, it’s about their influences, their processes. We don’t have much word-of-mouth testimony. They were starting something new and no way did they have an idea of what it would become.

    There were no fanzines or websites. The weren’t even sure the business would be there 10 years later.

    I agree with Denny that I wish there were a bigger historical footprint about the people who created the business. From their point of view.

  3. Glenn Hauman says:

    While I am loath to disagree with Denny, I think an argument can be made that film and TV as a medium is better documented historically– with the caveat that many classic TV episodes are lost to history due to bad archival practices. Luckily, we've been able to find at least one copy of most comic books published, as compared to, say, every episode of Your Show Of Shows, Ernie Kovacs, or Doctor Who.

  4. Bryan Stroud says:

    Doing my best, Denny. I’ve continued to interview folks since your kind indulgence and coming soon to the webpage: Jerry Robinson!