DENNIS O’NEIL: Who Needs To Be A Superhero?

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. Gary says:

    Do you think part of this phenomena might be due to people becoming more comfortable with having “secret identities” that exist online? There are people who have entire personas online that have nothing to do with who they are, and these personas interact with other people all day long. So, perhaps this superhero business is an extension of that. That they want to go out into the world and interact anonymously, but not just anonymously but as this super persona.

  2. Jonathan (the other one) says:

    I support the efforts of the Rain City Supers, at least in part because the Seattle Police Department has been officially censured by the Department of Justice for their, shall we say, rather cavalier attitude toward proper police procedure. I might still be mistaken for a bad guy on the night streets of the Emerald City, but at least Phoenix Jones and his guys won’t shoot me, or body-check me into the side of a building and leave me paralyzed for life, or…