David Seidman has been a comic book writer, a publicist for the comics publishers NBM Publishing and Claypool Comics, senior editor of Disney Comics, a teacher of comics writing at UCLA and an author of storybooks and other fiction starring superheroes such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. As a journalist, he’s written about comics for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the trade journal Comics and Games Retailer. In addition, he’s authored more than 30 books on subjects as diverse as Christmas lights, longevity medicine, teenage life in Iran, relocating to Los Angeles and the F/A-18 warplane.
Batman, the Failure
from Batman Unauthorized
This is one essay from the anthology Batman Unauthorized
Batman Unauthorized explores Batman’s motivations and actions, as well as those of his foes. Batman is a creature of the night, more about vengeance than justice, more plagued by doubts than full of self-assurance, and more darkness than light. He has no superpowers, just skill, drive and a really well-made suit.
One of the most recognized superheroes ever created, Batman has survived through campy TV shows and films, through actors such as Adam West, Michael Keaton and Christian Bale. Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City covers expansive territory ranging from the silly to the solemn. Why is the Joker so good at pushing Batman’s buttons? What does Batman’s technology say about the times? Why are Batman’s villains crazier than average? And why is Batman the perfect, iconic American hero?
About the Author
Dennis O’Neil is a former comic book writer and editor for Marvel Comics and DC Comics; wrote the novelization for the film “Batman Begins”; and is the author of Batman: Shaman and Batman Sword of Azrael. He wrote the main Batman title in the 1970s and 1980s and is the former group editor for the Batman family of books. He lives in Nyack, N.Y.