Denny O’Neil died yesterday at his home after a long illness. Mr. O’Neil was 81. Denny O’Neil was a comic book writer, editor, teacher, novelist and screenwriter for television and movie projects.
Mr. O’Neil is often credited with steering Batman from the cartoonish character of earlier comics and the television series to a more serious creature of the night. It was also O’Neil who wrote the classic, award-winning Green Lantern / Green Arrow issues that proved comics could shine a spotlight on issues of the day and still entertain. He revitalized The Question for DC comics. He served as a mentor and editor to Frank Miller on Daredevil. He wrote the famous Superman vs Muhammad Ali comic. He did all of these things and so much more.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Denny O’Neil’s family, friends and fans.