Legendary Writer Dennis O’Neil Has Passed Away

While he only worked on Transformers for a short time, Dennis O’Neal was credited for coming up with the iconic name of Optimus Prime. However, he wrote in the comic industry for decades, and has been a major part of comic history. Read on for a brief look at this man’s career.

While I will only be briefly touching on this man’s career, I highly recommend that you check out his Wikipedia page for more information on his long career and many contributions to comics and pop culture.
Dennis O’Neil, aka Denny O’Neal, passed away from natural causes at the age of 81 on June 11th, 2020. While most TF sites are reporting on his contributions to the G1 Marvel comics, I remember his works on DC titles such as Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow. He became famous for those two comic series for killing off Jason Todd, the second Robin, and for completely changing the Green Arrow and Green Lantern characters by dealing with racism and drug use.
He introduced us to many now iconic characters whether it was his creations such as Optimus Prime, Ra’s al Ghul, Leslie Thompkins, Madame Web, Hydro-Man, Obadiah Stane aka the Iron Monger, and many more, as well as bringing back and reinventing older characters such the Joker, Two Face, Captain Marvel(aka Shazam), the Shadow, and even Daredevil.  His work still lives on in these character today, and the world of comics and even pop culture wouldn’t be the same without him.
Check out some of his interviews below: