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Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Denny O’Neil Stories Ever Told!
10. Birth of the Demon OGN
O’Neil and artist Norm Breyfogle (who painted his pages) gives us a fascinating insight into the history of Ra’s Al Ghul as Batman tries to stop Al Ghul from uncovering a new Lazarus Pit.
9. “A Dream of Rorschach” The Question #16-18
The Question’s search for two rogue criminals who attacked one of Question’s friends leads the Question on a journey across the country. The middle issue is noteworthy because in it O’Neil has the Question read Watchmen and has him compare himself to Rorschach. It is fascinating stuff. I did a piece on it awhile back. Denys Cowan and Rick Magyar did the artwork.
8. “There Is No Hope in Crime Alley!” Detective Comics #457
O’Neil and Dick Giordano introduce us to Dr. Leslie Thompkins in this re-examination of the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
7. “Zen and Violence” The Question #1-5
In this opening arc of O’Neil’s run on Question, along with artists Denys Cowan and Rick Magyar, O’Neil introduces the peculiar (and awesome) corrupt world of Hub City and O’Neil’s own particular take on the Question, replacing Ditko’s Objectivism with Zen philosophy.
6. “Night of the Reaper” Batman #237
O’Neil wrote this chilling tale of how revenge can warp one’s mind in this Halloween issue that was one of the many comic books that used the real life Halloween celebration in Rutland, VT (along with its organizer, the late Tom Fagan) as its inspiration. Neal Adams and Dick Giordano did the art for this issue.
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