Barry O'Neill

    Character » Barry O'Neill appears in 64 issues.

    DC's long forgotten first action hero.

    Short summary describing this character.

    No recent wiki edits to this page.

    All but forgotten today, Barry O’Neill, was written and drawn by Lawrence Lariar and was National Periodical Publications (DC) comic’s first modern action hero. (there other hero in New Comics was a cowboy named Jack Wood.)

    Appearing in their first comic, New Fun Comics, he was carried over when that became More Fun Comics, but did not last very long after that.

    Barry O’Neill and his side-kick Legrande and their adversary Fang Gow, a Chinese mastermind out for world conquest, where characters lifted from the then popular novels of Sax Rohmer about Fu Manchu.

    Consisting of only 2 page installments in imitation of the Sunday pages found in the newspapers, each month Barry and Legrande escaped from, or foiled yet another plot of Fang Gow.

    However once a month instead of once a week was apparently not often enough to generate interest in the adventures in the strong-jawed and quick fisted, but otherwise unremarkable Mr. O’Neill, and these characters soon disappeared from the pages of More Fun.

    However the first 12 chapters of their adventures did reappear in 1946 in the first issue of the short lived Atomic Comics from Green Publications.


    Barry O'Neil was murdered by Stag, a new villain of Batman.


    This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

    Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

    Comment and Save

    Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.