The Top 5 Denny O’Neil Batman Stories
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.