Question for you. Who brought Batman out of the goofy tales of the Silver Age and into the more serious Bronze Age of comics? Perhaps you think it was Tim Burton and his first Bat-film. Maybe you think it’s Frank Miller with Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. You’re wrong on both counts. The recently passed writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams should get the credit. They’re the ones who brought the Dark Knight and Boy Wonder more into line with how any of us not tied to the 60s TV show think of him and it’s sad that they don’t receive the credit they deserve.
That’s why I was so pleased to see Owen Likes Comics post a video going over the history of what O’Neil did with the writing and Adams with the art to create the Batman I grew up with (though I did also catch the 60s show, the Filmation shows, and of course Super Friends) and the tone you think of when you think of Batman. Please watch and learn.
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Even up to the 90s and onward O’Neil served as writer or editor on various Bat-Titles until his recent passing. If anyone deserves to be acknowledged as the ones responsible for pulling Batman back into his iconic status it’s O’Neil and Adams. I hope more people eventually recognize their achievements.