Denny O’Neil to be honored by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Denny O’Neil to be honored by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Denny O’Neil is a living legend in the truest sense. With a career spanning several decades, O’Neil has made his mark on some of the industries most popular characters, either as a writer or an editor.  His partnership with Neal Adams on Green Lantern, for one, opened the door for more socially-conscious writing in comics, and as the Batman group editor he oversaw some of the most memorable arcs in recent memory.  Over at Marvel, O’Neil worked on such classic characters as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Daredevil, and created Obadiah Stane and Yuriko Oyama, the Iron Monger and Lady Deathstroke respectively.

The Hero Initiative have announced that O’Neil will be honored by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library this December, so if you’re in Atlanta be sure to swing by.  As part of the library’s “Comic Books and Social Justice weekend,” O’Neil will serve as guest of honor and will take part in several panels where he’ll discuss his storied career.  Well-deserved accolades, without question.  Check out the details below.

Per Hero Initiative: 


LOS ANGELES, CA (November 26, 2018) – Dennis O’Neil, the man who “helped comics grow up,” will be recognized for his lifetime of achievements in pursuing causes of peace and justice by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta as part of a weekend program celebrating comic books December 7-8.

O’Neil is the centerpiece in the Library’s “Comic Books and Social Justice” weekend. Events will include:

Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Dennis O’Neil and Beyond: Bringing Change Through Comics

Dennis O’Neil’s comic scripts of the early 1970s took the major issues of the day—racism, poverty, drug addiction and more—and brought them front and center into comics. O’Neil is joined by Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke), Christopher Herndon (Star Trek), Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats) and more to discuss how comics have changed our lives and will continue to do so.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:00 a.m.

Family Day: Comics Chat and Marketplace

Christopher Herndon, Paul Jenkins, Christopher Priest, Kyle Puttkammer, Darren Vincenzo, and other comic creators will talk about their work, what propelled them into their career choice, and how they use their talents to fight for justice, following in the footsteps of Dennis O’Neil.

Select books and merchandise will be available for sale from Galactic Quest Comics, and a limited autograph signing with the creators will take place.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:00 p.m.

Dennis O’Neil on Batman and More

Dennis O’Neil talks about his life and times: How he entered the comics biz, and later brought Batman back to his gothic roots. O’Neil will explain his tenures at both Marvel and DC Comics, and what he’s seen over the arc of a legendary career.

“We are looking forward to partnering with The Hero Initiative to celebrate Denny and his legacy as an advocate for social justice with a weekend full of exciting events,” said Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

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The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration and is dedicated to providing research information and educational materials about the life, career and presidency of Jimmy Carter.

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The even will take place December 7-8.

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