The Top 5 Denny O’Neil Bat­man Sto­ries

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The Ra’s al Ghul se­rial

Bat­man #232, 235, 240, 242-244 Bat­man gets a new arch-bad­die in the form of mega­lo­ma­niac Ra’s al Ghul, whose daugh­ter Talia is in love with the Dark Knight. It all ends in a bare-chested desert sword fight that’s the stuff of comic-book leg­end.

Ghost Of The Killer Skies

De­tec­tive Comics #404 One of the finest sin­gle-is­sue O’Neil/ Adams tales. A movie about the Red Baronesque En­emy Ace (aka Rittmeis­ter Hans Von Ham­mer) is sab­o­taged by a fa­natic who is con­vinced it will tar­nish his legacy. Soon Bat­man’s fight­ing for his life in a WW1 bi­plane – with no bul­lets.

Night Of The Reaper

Bat­man #237 In­spired by Rut­land, Ver­mont’s Hal­loween Pa­rade (in which at­ten­dees dressed as su­per­heroes) and an idea from Har­lan El­li­son, O’Neil and Adams spin an at­mo­spheric yearn about a Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp sur­vivor seek­ing vengeance.

There Is No Hope In Crime Al­ley!

De­tec­tive Comics #457 The Dark Knight’s ori­gin is re­told and up­dated for the ’70s, in a gritty tale drawn by fre­quent Neal Adams inker and later DC edi­tor-in-chief Dick Gior­dano. In ground­ing the char­ac­ter, it an­tic­i­pates later ef­forts by Frank Miller and Christo­pher Nolan.

Death Str ikes At Mid­night And Three

DC Spe­cial Se­ries #15 O’Neil takes Bat­man back to his pulp roots in a prose story il­lus­trated by the sublime Mar­shall Rogers. Its lay­out and de­sign re­calls the ex­per­i­men­tal work of Jim Ster­anko, with the cin­e­matic flair of O’Neil’s cre­ative hero, Spirit au­teur Will Eis­ner.

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