Generic Respect, 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. Jeffrey Frawley says:

    Also with no data to back me up, I have a hard time believing superhero comics will fall back in the pack of comics offerings. Overall sales and interest in comics-related media may rise or fall, but I can't see funny animal, cowboy, war or romance titles ever becoming as strong as they were in the 40s and 50s. Horror – I don't know. I'd like it to be a stronger component, and perhaps it will. Considering how my own collecting has tapered off and how I am not part of a desirable demographic, I may be completely wrong.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Actually, as a genre superhero comics have already fallen behind manga in this country.The vast majority of comics readers are largely (but not entirely) invisible to the fan market. Ever notice all those Archie digests at the supermarket checkouts? They sell pretty well; certainly when compared to superhero newsstand sales figures. Now we have a lot of non-superhero graphic novels selling in bookstores and attracting non-fan readers.

      • Rick Taylor says:

        Mike,Funny you should mention the Archie Digests.Whenever it was suggested to DC that they could expand their market by using the same method it was dismissed. They would then produce $6.95 versions and market them to the direct market, sell almost nothing and declare the idea a failure.

  2. Rick Taylor says:

    It also interesting to note, that given the ton of super-hero/comics movies that exist, how much LOWER my bar has gotten for evlauating a 'good' super-herocomics film.'The Rocketeer' is still my favorite. Good period piece, truest to it's source