DC writer and editor extraordinaire Denny O’Neil passed away last night of natural causes. He was 81.
O’Neil is almost singly responsible for the complex Batman we all enjoy today, bringing social issues to the forefront of mainstream comics, and writing one of my favorite stories of all time — The Question. He created dozens of timeless characters and stories, and oversaw the direction of DC for a generation.
I never got to meet him, but he was always the writer I wanted to meet most. I’m still coping with the fact that now, I never will. He was the absolute best, and he’ll be sorely missed. Another giant, gone.
I’ll be reading some comics in his memory today. I’d also like to hear what Denny means to you. And if you’re just hearing his name for the first time, I encourage you to seek out his work. There’s a lot of places you could start, but I’d personally recommend The Question.