Dennis O’Neil: Truth, Justice, and the American Press

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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2 Responses

  1. George Haberberger says:

    Well I admit that that screed by Clark Kent is exactly right. The news media, print and electronic has sold its soul to the ratings gods. However I won’t be reading the accounts of Kent’s new career. I dropped Superman and Action from my pull list last month. I gave it a year. The character is just someone new in a similar costume. I have no emotional investment in him. He is not married to Lois. Apparently he is not even interested in her and he was always in love with her way before they were actually married. Now he’s kissing Wonder Woman. Besides that, a giant crossover is coming up which will span a whole lot of other books I don’t want to have to read. I’m just through with Superman until the real guy comes back.

  2. Clark remained a member of the Galaxy Broadcasting news team, eventually becoming the anchor on the evening news. It was where we picked up Steve Lombard and Lola Barnett as regular castmembers.

    That lasted until John Byrne did his revamp, rightly saying that Clark should be a “mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper”. He had the idea that Clark was a feature writer, as opposed to a beat reporter, which game him the opportunity to place Clark anywhere the story dictated, under the conceit that he was investigating a story.