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    Default Denny O'Neil has passed away

    Denny O'Neil passed away yesterday. He was born in 1939, the same year as Batman's first appearance. It is no understatement to say that comic books, and Batman, would not be the same today without him. RIP


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    P.S. I grew up reading Batman comics during his tenure as editor. I thought his novelization of "Knightfall" was wonderful, surpassing the excellent comic book story line. I recently read his Question run for the first time ever a couple years ago, and I've been meaning to read his "DC Universe: Helltown" novel starring Batman and Question. I also plan to re-read his 100 issue Azrael ongoing at some point.
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    RIP Denny O'Neil.

    Its a pity that the average person on the street knows the names Frank Miller and Christopher Nolan, but are less likely to be aware that Denny O'Neil was the one who really got the ball rolling on building the 'modern' Batman. Year One, the Burton films, BTAS, the Nolanverse...none of it would have been possible with Denny O'Neil.

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    It's a sad day to be a Batman fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bat39 View Post
    RIP Denny O'Neil.

    Its a pity that the average person on the street knows the names Frank Miller and Christopher Nolan, but are less likely to be aware that Denny O'Neil was the one who really got the ball rolling on building the 'modern' Batman. Year One, the Burton films, BTAS, the Nolanverse...none of it would have been possible with Denny O'Neil.
    Right?

    he was one of if not the best batman writer ever. It's def between him and grant .

    The good thing is we have his stories and his family have his stories forever. It's a small consolation however he lived a full life.

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    RIP Legend. Thanks for everything.

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    Other than possibly Bill Finger he probably is the person who has contributed the most to Batman with both his stories and his editorialship during the 80s and 90s. Our collective ideas of Batman is undoubtedly influenced by the stories he created or helped to create.
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    I've always said no matter the continuity his run is always Canon to me. RIP Denny O'Neil the man who truly brought the Dark Knight back.

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    Rest in peace, thank you for all the stories from the thought provoking ot the fun.
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    More than anyone, I think Denny was the most influential person to ever work on Batman and definitely informed the Batman I know and love. This really sucks.

    His contribution to other parts of DC (John Stewart, Green Arrow/Black Canary, etc) cannot be understated.

    He was the man. Damn. This really hurts.

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    Posted by Chuck Dixon on Facebook earlier this afternoon:

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    If you're a comics fan you need to know this.
    When Batman's 500th issue was coming up. Denny O'Neil was under some pressure to make it the premiere issue for the new art team making #499 Jim Aparo's final issue. Denny felt that Jim, who was due to go into semi-retirement, deserved to be on that issue given his decades of hard work and loyalty to DC Comics. Because of Denny, a comics master got to share in the big royalty payday that issue brought in for all who worked on it. Jim went into retirement with the biggest check of his career.
    That's the kind of guy Denny was.
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    Posted by Paul Levitz on Facebook earlier this afternoon:

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    Denny's gone, brought social conscience to comics. He was a journalist at heart, and knew his obit would have Batman in the lede, but I think he'd have been prouder of this way of looking at his life. Not that he was the first, much less the only one, but damn it he was the loudest. Not personally, he wasn't a shouter. But the stories he told and edited screamed for justice for the causes that mattered to him. From GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW to SEDUCTION OF THE GUN, and in subtle moments as well as the loud ones, he set the standard for giving a damn.
    He was a teacher, maybe the best of his generation teaching writing and editing in comics. He taught me copy editing, and how to parse my dialogue for comics to be effective. His disciples filled the field.
    He was the most economical of writers, communicating with his collaborators in the briefest of art directions but getting great work from them, offering tight dialogue that was precisely on point.
    He was a philosopher, searching for ways to make the world better...even exploring how a new religion might be necessary for a time when it was no longer about man mastering the Earth, but learning to live in harmony with it.
    And having buried the lede, he made Batman what he is, writing the stories and editing others that set the tone for the post-camp Dark Knight on through everything that Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan leaned on.
    Denny got a second lease on life from his marriage to MariFran, and they shared amazing years until her passing. Once she was gone, it was only a matter of time until he followed.
    This is the second of my poker buddies to cash in their chips in about a month. He lived a full life, was shocked at the recognition he achieved, and leaves behind his son Larry, with whom he shared many personal and professional joys.
    But most of all, and ever so relevant at a moment like this, he taught us that we could...no, we should...damn it, we must use our podiums as writers, editors and teachers to push the world to become a better, more just place.
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    It was an honor and a privilege to have met Denny O Neil two years ago and get his autograph on my copy of Batman 232, Batman 244 and Birth of the Demon hardcover trade paper back. RIP to one of the all time greats.

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    RIP Mr. O'Neil.

    Your impact on the Caped Crusader and his world can never be understated.

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    RIP Mr O'Neil, You defined the norm for so many characters.

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