Dennis O’Neil: How Long Can You Go Without Faking It?

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. mike weber says:

    I can’t remember if it was Jack Chalker or Karl Wagner who tole me about the Futurian method of writing novels. (And, of course, i can’t ask, dammit.)


    The Futurians, needing to write a lot of pay copy pretty quickly, would come up with a basic setting, protagonist and antagonist, and start writing. Every chapter until about halfway through the novel, they’d introduce one new character, gadget or plot device.

    One of those would be the key to resolving the plot.

    After they decided/figured out which, they would start eliminating one per chapter…

    Classic example: Gunner Cade by “Cyril Judd” (Cyril Kornbluth and Judith Merrill)