DENNIS O’NEIL: Green Lantern’s Unused Potential

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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6 Responses

  1. Torsten Adair says:

    It’s the Prime Directive.
    Or the Watchers’ Clause.
    Or Superman’s Excuse
    Or the Mean of Free Will and Predestination.

    Let the ants go about their lives, and only step in when things get bad.

    If you step in every time, then you become patronizing at best, or it’s a White Man’s Burden, or a cargo cult, or laziness.

    It’s not easy being in charge…there’s a lot of little brush fires…

    And if you make everyone happy, aren’t you just Darkseid with a smiley face?

    Simile damn you, smile!

  2. Glenn Hauman says:

    Ah, we\’re getting back to \”The Green Lantern Theory Of Geopolitics\”, aren\’t we? Willpower and a green glowing fist solves all, and if it doesn\’t, your will was lacking– imagine a bigger green glowing fist!

  3. Bodythief says:

    Hmmm, there’s a guy with a REALLY big head, and he’s not painted green (tho he SHOULD have been), and then there’s a guy with a REALLY big ego that IS painted green (tho he SHOULD have been painted yellow)… And then there’s a REALLY big guy with a REALLY big head and a REALLY big ego who SHOULD have been painted green, but was painted yellow instead… And then there’s REALLY big green fists that smack the REALLY big guy into a REALLY, REALLY big ball of yellow fire… And then there’s a REALLY annoying red guy with a head that SHOULD have been as big as the guy that SHOULD have been painted green, but was painted red – with a ridiculous little mustache – who WAS painted green, tho he SHOULD have been painted yellow… I’m confused…?!

  4. Ahem. Kyle Rayner used his ring to create sentient beings. Take that, Hal.

  5. Steven Atkins says:

    Wasn’t there a villain (Abra Kadabra?) who used advanced technology from the future to simulate magic?

  6. Russel says:

    Space cops. They use guns that have an overt effect so people can go, “Yep, that was a Green Lantern. I’m not going to go put on some spandex and use this alien tech to hold up a bank….wait a minute…”