KOKOMO, Ind. — Fire up the Bat Signal — the author who created the modern Batman is visiting Indiana University Kokomo.
Comic book writer and editor Dennis O’Neil, who wrote for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 16, in the East Building, Room 125. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m.
“Dennis O’Neil is one of the most important figures in the history of comic books,” said Scott Jones, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “He greatly expanded comic books’ ability to tell sophisticated, socially relevant stories. After the 1960s Batman television series, he rescued that character and recreated him, returning him to his darker roots.”
In his nearly 40 year career, O’Neil also built the modern conception of Green Arrow, and contributed to characters including Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man. He created Ra’s Al Ghul, who was one of the featured villains in the recent Dark Knight trilogy, with Christian Bale, and was co-creator of The Green Lantern.
“At a time when characters from comics have become so important within the movie and television industries, it is important that IU Kokomo has as a speaker who was so instrumental in development of so many major characters of popular culture,” Jones said.
O’Neil also is the guest of honor at Kokomo-Con, set for Saturday, October 18, at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.