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Legendary BATMAN writer Denny O’Neil passes away

Legendary comic book writer and editor Denny O’Neil has sadly passed away at the age of 81.

It’s with heavy hearts that we bring you the news of the sad passing of comics legend Denny O’Neil.

O’Neil is best known for his work on the main Batman title, which he revitalised in the wake of the success of the 60’s Batman TV series. During his time with the Dark Knight he was the driving force behind the creation of Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Leslie Thompkins and Azrael.

He famously had a hand in overhauling both Joker and Two-Face, taking them from their campier 60’s representations and helping them becoming the formidable foes we find today. O’Neil also oversaw the controversial telephone poll which lead to the death of second Robin, Jason Todd.

O’Neil frequently collaborated with artist Neal Adams, the pair are credited with bringing a new level of popularity to Green Arrow and Green Lantern with their epic team-up, Hard Traveling Heroes.

Another iconic team-up masterminded by O’Neil was the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, the 72-page one-shot was first released back in 1978 and remains a fan-favourite amongst readers.

O’Neil also enjoyed a brief stint at Marvel in the mid-1960s, writing Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Iron Man. During his time at Marvel he was involved in the creation of a number of characters including Madame Web.

Denny also worked in television with credits including episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, Superbly and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

A great talent has been lost and our condolences go out to his family and loved ones. There will never be another Denny O’Neil.

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