Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.
When it comes to superhero storytelling in the 1970s, there was no better than Denny O’Neil. The man had a major hand in making Batman and Green Arrow great. With artist Neal Adams, he re-introduced Two-Face, brought back the murderous Joker and created Ra’s al Ghul. He turned Green Arrow into a social justice warrior and sent him cross-country with Green Lantern to find America. While being known for his writing chops, he also stands out as prolific editor, working with great writers and artist throughout the 80s and 90s to bring us a number of great Batman stories. He’s a living legend in the comics world.
Take a listen as Andrew and Sammy pay tribute to the works of Denny O’Neil. We look back on his stellar run on The Question. We even attempt to figure out why he never quite clicked with readers on his Daredevil run. All in all, fun times are had as we relive some great stories on another edition of Back Issue Bloodbath.
For more on how Denny (along with Neal Adams) renovated and restored Batman following the campy 66 show check out Glen Weldon’s The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. You can follow threads of Denny’s Bat-work that lead to seminal tales like The Killing Joke, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, and Batman: Year One.
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