Comic Industry Legend Denny O’Neil dies at age 81

Denny O’Neil is a comics industry legend was a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his retirement. Some of the many works hes known for is Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Michael Kaluta and The Question with Denys Cowan. As an editor, he is principally known for editing the various Batman titles.

He also sat on the board of directors of the charity The Hero Initiative and served on its Disbursement Committee. He also created/co-created Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Leslie Thompkins, Azrael, and Richard Dragon; he was also involved in the revitalization of the Joker and Two-Face as modern DC villains, and watched over the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin. He also worked in television , writing episodes of Logan’s Run, Superboy, Batman: The Animated Series, and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Later in his life he has been honored with awards like The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library honored him as the key speaker at its “Comic Books and Social Justice” weekend in December 2018, and the city of Phoenix, AZ proclaimed May 25, 2019 “Dennis O’Neil Day” which recognized his impact both in the comic industry and to American society in general.

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