Legendary DC Comics Writer Denny O’Neil Passes Away

When you think DC Comics, one of the biggest pillars of the company was writer Denny O’Neil. The man wrote groundbreaking superhero exploits that shaped how we very many of the DC Heroes today, especially Batman.

“Denny was one of the earliest writers whose work and focus on social issues pushed comics to wider respectability & acceptance as an art form,” Jim Lee, DC CCO and publisher, wrote Friday on Twitter.

For a veteran with lengthy stints at Marvel and DC, it might be a surprise to learn that O’Neil started in comics “kind of as a joke,” as he put it in the 1980s. He received a job offer from Stan Lee to write for Marvel while working as a journalist, then went on to work for Charlton Comics and DC (occasionally under his recurring pseudonym “Sergius O’Shaugnessy”) as he moved more concretely into the industry.

O’Neil brought Batman back to his dark roots and dealt with real-life issues such as drugs and racism in Green Arrow.

O’Neil died of natural causes at his home, according to his family. He was 81 years old.

RIP Denny O’Neil and thank you for your contributions.

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