Oh, 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. Russ Rogers says:

    The current PotUS not only has the record for the most vacation days spent away from the White House, he also has the record for most travel days to foreign lands. Either he had NO faith in the ambassadors and foreign service of our nation or Bush just HATED being in the White House. I think he just HATED being in the White House. It's hard being near a job where even your staff looks first to the Vice-President for guidance. It's hard working a job where you know you're not wanted and you know you're in over your head.If only this Presidency had been as ineffectual as it was incompetent and disinterested in real leadership. Unfortunately the effects, of what has been by turns disastrously poor and brazenly, criminally unconstitutional leadership, are painfully evident in our economy, the morass of military floundering, the tepid response to national disaster, our decreased national security and failure as a moral leader internationally.Or maybe the PotUS didn't hang around the office because he feels that he has a manifest destiny, that he has been anointed by God to be Great. And so, it doesn't matter about Public Opinion or any other measure of success, it didn't matter if he did or didn't do anything at all. Bush KNOWS in his heart, with out a doubt, that History will Vindicate Him and He will be revealed as a Great Leader. Because GOD put him in office and GOD couldn't make that big a blunder. Bush seems incapable of reflection, let alone self-doubt. God put him in office and history will prove that God is always right. Yeah, Bush has never left the White House on Vacation or for Travel with his head hung low, looking like he understands the mess he's made. Bush has always traveled around the world looking like he's doing Victory Laps.

  2. Tony Isabella says:

    Nice piece, Denny. In the "know what burns my butt" category, I'd mention editors and publishers who assume that creators of our distinguished years – yours being far more distinguished than mine – would ignore the changes of our industry and just do exactly what we were doing in the past. As if he would have any fun or creative satisfaction doing that.

    • mike weber says:

      In the "know what burns my butt" category……flames about three feet high? (Thank you, Dom deLuise.)I'll be here all week, folks…

  3. gary swafford says:

    "Dear Denny"–Oh my gosh, but I'm soooo happy to have discovered this column. I turned 50 this summer and I can't tell you what you and your work as editor/steward at DC in the late '60s meant to me. I was a comics mad youngster who scrounged and saved every penny he could get just, solely, to run to the 7-11 to purchase the latest, usually DC title. You did as much as anyone to stoke the fire of my already vivid imagination. I recall so many of those great issues with tremendously affection. I espcially loved Diana Prince, the "new" Wonder Woman (and have often "defended" it for decades. I mean, you knew she'd get her powers back eventually, right?)–I LOVED it, the art work and writing, and I even think I Ching should be resurrected–perhaps with a different name…? And of course I devoured so many other titles and have spent years recollecting those old lost issues, but for a lot more than 12cts! a piece. On your editing, I for one would love nothing more if you would march back to DC and resume your editorship tomorow, and stay there. God bless you and good luck to you always. I love this column and hope to meet you one day–perhaps at the Adventure Con in Knoxville Tn? One can hope. Love, Gary