Comic-Book Legend, Denny O’Neil Passes Away At Age 81


It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of legendary comic-book writer, Dennis O’Neil who died of natural causes at his home on June 11.

Denny was best known for his iconic runs on DC Comics’ Batman, Green Arrow and Green Lantern, and was also the editor for DC’s entire range of Batman comics from 1986 to 2000. Though Denny gave us many wonderful tales of heroism over his formidable career, he is most fondly remembered as the author (alongside his mainstay artist, the fantastic Neil Adams) who ushered in Batman’s return to the dark side in the early seventies, following on from over a decade of camp silliness.


Throughout his triumphant tenure on Batman, Denny also created some of the Dark Knight’s most memorable nemeses including such icons as Ra’s Al Ghul and his daughter Talia, and avenging angel – Azrael.

He was also responsible for revitalising DC’s foremost emerald dynamic duo (again alongside the great Neil Adams)  Green Lantern and Green Arrow of whom he teamed up to become one of comic’s first ever social justice warriors as they roamed the planet fighting inequality and societal ignorance.


Denny also taught at the Manhattan School of Visual Arts, and wrote the didactic tome – The DC Guide To Writing Comics plus many, many other achievements too numerous to mention. In 2019, the city of Phoenix named May 25 “Denny O’Neil Day” in acknowledgement of his influence on the comic-book industry and his contribution to furthering the fight against unjust causes. Denny was a legend on and off the page, and we mourn his passing. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.

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Posted on June 13, 2020, in Comics, Comics in film, Comics/television and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Sad loss. He was a great, great comic book writer and editor and both Marvel and DC benefited greatly from his talents. We lost Len Wein a few short years ago, and now Denny. Once Marv Wolfman goes, most of the greats from my childhood will be gone. Sad day indeed. But I’m sure glad for the memories and great stories we are left with.

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    • Agreed my friend, this one hit me hard as Denny is to thank for my love of Batman, Neil Adams and Denny’s take is still my fave version of the caped one. Thankfully we still have Marv and my other fave from back then – JM DeMatteis, and as you said his legacy lives on through his sterling work.

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  2. Sad news. He’s left us and future readers with a lot to cherish. His work rate including the editing years was pretty immense.

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    • Yes it is indeed a sad loss, I’m a massive Denny O’Neil fan, his work alongside Neil Adams on Batman and Detective is my absolute favourite variant of Batman, ever! A huge loss to comicdom, but his legacy lives on. Thanks for visiting my friend, stay safe and take care. 🙂

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  3. A lot of these stories were part of my childhood. Back then, I hadn’t really thought about who created the stories or how editors shaped the hero’s journey. To me, these people were largely anonymous, even though their names always appeared on the pages. Reading about Denny makes me want to pry open the old boxes of comic books and go looking for his name. Thanks for sharing this news.

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    • Hi there, thanks so much for reading and commenting. I’ve always had a love for both comics and the creative process behind them, and Denny was one of my absolute favourite writers when I was growing up, a great man on and off the page. I definitely recommend revisiting anything by him, but most especially Batman or Green Arrow/Green Lantern.

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  4. This is such a lovely post to honor his legacy.

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