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The Greatest Denny O’Neil Stories Ever Told! – Voting

Here’s the latest of the daily voting threads for The Greatest ____ Stories Ever Told!

Today we have Denny O’Neil!

Dennis “Denny” O’Neil has been a major comic book writer for decades now, writing for both Marvel and DC Comics.

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, April 26th to vote for your top ten favorite comic book stories written or co-written by Denny O’Neil. Your choices will be revealed on April 27th.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Denny O’Neil Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece). If you legitimately don’t think you can think of ten stories, I’ll still allow the ballot if you can think of at least six stories.

Be sure to first click here to read about the rules and guidelines for the voting (so you don’t vote for stuff that is ineligible, like you can’t vote for “Denny O’Neil’s Batman” you have to pick a specific story or story arc).

I’d prefer you not share your votes in the comments section – please let’s keep it a surprise until the results go up. You can share your votes then if you’d like! In addition, as a general rule for all of these polls, don’t be a jerk about the creator in question in the comments. If you don’t like the creator, fair enough, don’t vote. No snarky comments about the creator. I’ll be deleting comments like that.

Have fun voting and be sure to check back April 27th to see the results!


I wonder if anything that isn’t Batman, GL/GA, or The Question will make the list.

Did he do any obvious classics outside of those series that I’m forgetting?

He wrote well-regarded issues of Daredevil, Iron Man and Justice League of America, as well. But yes, those titles you mentioned are the ones he is best known for.

Oh right, I forgot about Iron Man. There’s that one long arc he did on that series that I’d guess will make the top 10. I can’t realistically see anything from DD making it though, if only because his run was so totally overshadowed by Miller’s.

Does Hard Traveling Heroes count as one story arc?

Does Hard Traveling Heroes count as one story arc?


joe the poor speller

April 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

o’neil’s long, long stane x stark arc is one of my favorites iron man stories ever. i hope at least the ending (the iron monger mpc) appears on the list.

“Kryptonite Nevermore!”

@Mike Blake —

How did I forget that?

Speaking of O’Neil’s Superman, does Supes vs. Ali count? The first line of the credits in the issue states “Script based on an original story by: Denny O’Neil” and the second line adds “Adapted By: Neal Adams”.

So what’s the verdict? Based on how it’s worded I’m not 100% sure if O’Neil actually had any hands-on involvement with the book’s production or not. But at the same time it makes it very clear that the core concept of the issue was built from his writing.

The Micah Synn arc from his Daredevil run is pretty underrated. I expect his DC stories will dominate the list but I hope his Marvel stuff gets some respect as well.

He also introduced and wrote the first arc for the New Look, I-Ching era Wonder Woman.

The Ring, The Arrow and the Bat, 2 stories or 1?

Can we get a Yay or Nay on the Supes vs. Ali issue? I’ll assume that it’s eligible unless it’s explicitly decided otherwise.

I’ve hardly read anything of the man outside of his run on Amazing Spider-Man, which I frankly consider to be one of the weakest on that title… very clunky and goofy, full of plot holes and Peter Parker being either a jerk or an idiot. He also did one ASM Annual which was surprisingly good, though. But perhaps overall Spidey just wasn’t the right fit for him? I’d be interested to hear other thoughts on that run, or comparisons of his Spider-Man to his other work.

The Ring, The Arrow and the Bat, 2 stories or 1?

Let’s call it one for economy’s sake.

“Let’s call it one for economy’s sake.”
I already voted for the first half alone as “The Peacemakers” so just count that as a total on my entry (I doubt it’ll get that much support anywho).

Denny O’Neil is the greatest comic book writer of all time.

Jonathon Riddle

April 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Any chance of a Greatest Neal Adams stories ever told? I think much of the success of Denny’s runs on Batman and Green Lantern have as much to do with the art as they do with the writing.

Any chance of a Greatest Neal Adams stories ever told?

Check the archives! We did one awhile back.

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