Marvel Gets Smart, 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. Russ Rogers says:

    The magic of the crossover. I have a theory that the crossover is a fabulous dramatic invention. It sparks the readers imagination. It's not just the questions like, "Who would win in a fight, The Thing or The Hulk?" But because crossovers can carry characters from different creators into the same universe, like GrimJack and Juddah the Hammer, that OPENS up the universe to a new level of imagination. The readers are are encouraged to imagine ANYONE crossing over and becoming part of the story, even ourselves."Wow, Tony Stark meets Nick Fury! Cool! What if Nick Fury met the Hulk! ""Tony Stark is in the new Hulk Movie! Cool! I bet Tony Stark could design some cool Hulk Buster armor! Maybe that will be in the NEXT movie!""What if I met the Hulk! Scary … Cool!"Who is allowed to write a James Bond novel? Who is even allowed to IMAGINE a new James Bond novel? Well, it's Ian Flemming (deceased) or now, whoever is controlling the Ian Flemming estate.Alan Moore has explored the crossover of classic characters. What if Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde met The Invisible Man! What if Dorothy Gale from OZ met Alice Liddel and Wendy from Peter Pan! What if they all got busy! And no, Moore isn't the first to do this. What if Dracula met Jack the Ripper? That's a cool one!The crossover democratizes the universe, in a way. It implies that ANYBODY can imagine themselves or their characters involved in this universe. The crossover opens up new universes of possibilities in storytelling. The crossover not only unifies a brand, it brings a new level of participation to every reader.

  2. Kyle Latino says:

    Nice article.Great to see Dylan get some love in the recommended reading too.

  3. Ken Pisani says:

    I am THRILLED to be mentioned in a Denny O'Neil column! Does this count as a cross-over…?