After completing his military service, O’Neil was hired to work at Marvel Comics and given a turn with characters Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and The X-Men.
In the late 60s, O’Neil signed with DC Comics and spent the next 12 years working on Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Green Lantern and Green Arrow, Batman, and Superman.
O’Neil won praise for tackling serious subject matter in his books, tackling social and political issues. He also helped create Batman villains Ra’s al Ghul and Talia al Ghul, and revitalized the Joker character.
In a 2011 interview with SLU alum magazine Universitas, O’Neil took pride in returning Batman to his darker roots following the end of the campy television series of the 60s.
“Batman is a wonderful storytelling tool because he’s terribly human,” O’Neil said. “Oh, he could beat me up, bench-press 500 pounds and do a marathon in two hours, but the reason he exists is a childhood tragedy. It’s one that is so deep in kids, fear of loss of parents. It’s the basis of a lot of fairy tales.”
O’Neil returned to Marvel Comics in 1980 and got to work on “The Amazing Spider-Man,” as well as “Iron Man” and “Daredevil” books.
In 1986, O’Neil went back to DC Comics and returned to serve as editor on “Batman” titles, as well as writing for “The Question” and “Green Arrow.”
O’Neil is even credited with coming up with the name Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots in “The Transformers” series.
Taka: It's a gigantic mech franchise. I haven't seen Macross myself. I know it's a big one.
Apr 9, 2021 6:17:00 GMT
Old Man Dream: Guess we don't get it. Make things short and sweet: Through some unintentional legal wranglings, Harmony Gold's owned international rights to the Macross name for decades and its Japanese developers, disgusted by the move, had not allowed...
Apr 9, 2021 10:22:58 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...many later Macross anime outside Japan because that would profit Harmony Gold. Macross was one of three anime titles used by HG in the 1980s to edit together the popular Robotech series popular with fans during that time. Under this deal...
Apr 9, 2021 10:24:47 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT