Legendary comic book writer and editor Denny O’Neil, who wrote for DC Comics’ “Batman,” has died. He was 81.
O’Neil passed away from natural causes on June 11th, reported The Wrap.
Following the campy ‘60s TV series, O’Neil helped reinvigorate the “Batman” comics in the ‘70s by returning the characters to their darker roots, the outlet noted. He wrote and edited for the comic franchise from 1986 to 2000. O’Neill is also credited with helping revitalize both The Joker and Two Face as iconic DC villains.
Jim Lee, DC Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer, paid tribute to O’Neil.
“RIP Denny O’ Neil—one of visionary architects of DC Comics who helped revive Batman in the 1970’s and remains my favorite Green Lantern writer to date,” Lee tweeted. “Through his editing and writing, Denny was one of the earliest writers whose work and focus on social issues pushed comics to wider respectability & acceptance as an artform.”
O’Neil’s work on the “Batman” comic in the ‘70s also helped inspire the development of Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” film, per The Wrap.
In addition, O’Neil wrote TV episodes for “Batman: The Animated Series,” and “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” and helped name the character Optimus Prime from “Transformers,” reported the New York Post.