Dennis O’Neil: Comic Books Even Teachers Can Love

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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  1. Torsten Adair says:

    Edit: Françoise Mouly
    (Yes, I was “that kid” who would correct the teacher/instructor/sensei. Dick Cavett would tell the teacher a mistake was made, but not tell the teacher what the mistake was.)

    Toon Graphics are the “big kids” imprint of Toon Books.
    Toon Books are designed for beginning readers.

    Yes. That headline is as bad as the “BIF POW BAM” headlines of the last millennium. Librarians have been using comics since the late 1990s. (Your former employer, DC Comics, partnered with the New York Public Library then to test the market with copies of Batman, Books of Magic, and Death.)

    Furthermore, ever since the World Wide Web, words and pictures have intermixed tremendously, so this new literacy is rather important. Teachers know how to use comics to get reluctant readers to read (and to challenge the smart kids to “read up”).

    And if teachers don’t realize that, just slap them upside the head with a copy of “Wimpy Kid”.

    As for the book burners, they still exist.
    Captain Underpants is the #1 censored book in libraries.

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/banned-books-week-to-focus-on-comics-and-graphic-novels/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0