Bill Finger - Wikipedia
Oct 21, For the first time in the history of the character, Bill Finger is credited as the co- creator of Batman in a regular DC Comics publication. I then saw a few anti-Bob Kane videos informing us that Bill Finger created Batman In Superman's case, it was the 70s (I think) before DC gave either of his. May 7, Athena Finger talks with CBR about 'Batman & Bill,' the "Batman & Bill" reveals, 75 years after he refined Bob Kane's concept and four decades . Some of the celebrities: I did get to meet Christian Bale, and I got to meet.
Bob called me over and said he was going to put a boy in the strip to identify with Batman. I thought it was a great idea". He was one of the writers of the syndicated Batman comic strip from to A part of the Superman mythos which had originated on the radio program made its way into the comic books when kryptonite was featured in a story by Finger and Al Plastino in Superman 61 Nov.
Bill Finger and I created the Joker. Bill was the writer. Jerry Robinson came to me with a playing card of the Joker. That's the way I sum it up. Jerry Robinson had absolutely nothing to do with it, but he'll always say he created it till he dies. He brought in a playing cardwhich we used for a couple of issues for him [the Joker] to use as his playing card.
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That was the first mention of it He can be credited and Bob himself, we all played a role in it. The concept was mine. Bill finished that first script from my outline of the persona and what should happen in the first story.
He wrote the script of that, so he really was co-creator, and Bob and I did the visuals, so Bob was also.
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I got a call from Bob Kane He had a new villain. When I arrived he was holding a playing card. Apparently Jerry Robinson or Bob, I don't recall who, looked at the card and they had an idea for a character Bob made a rough sketch of it. Kane was 24 years old at the time, a fact which would later become a point of contention between him and National Comics. For more details check out Dial B For Blog: Bob Kane pencils and inks, story by Gardner Fox. Vin Sullivan didn't know about Bill Finger's contributions however, so he soon assigned Gardner Fox to write Batman scripts.
Kane then owned up to Finger's earlier involvement and got him hired by Sullivan to write directly for Detective Comics, Inc. Finger died in The page count was expanded from 10 to 12 pages a month. Moldoff, a much more accomplished draftsman than Kane was able to provide the dark realism the strip demanded.
Unfortunately for Kane he only stayed for a few months before getting work on his own strips Hawkman and the Black Pirate. Ironically, Moldoff would return a decade later to ghosting Kane's work. The Black Bat had no ears on his mask but he did have nifty looking gloves that Bob Kane soon swiped. Detective and Thrilling Publications settled their differences and agreed the resemblance was only a coincidence Detective Comics 36 page 5 -story by Bill Finger, pencils by Bob Kane, inks and letters by Jerry Robinson.
Notice Batman's funky new gloves. Kane then turned the assistant chores over to a young college student he met while playing tennis. Jerry Robinson turned out to be a major find, going on to pencil and ink may important Batman stories solo, as well as doing many other features for Detective Comics, such as the Vigilante, and other publishers, such as the Black Terror. I knew Bob somewhat better. I met him inwhich was a time of transition in his life.
He'd made that new deal with DC and under it, the guys who actually drew the comics were finally being credited. In fact, that first day I met him, I showed him the current issue of Batman which was the first to credit anyone else — in this case, Irv Novick. Kane knew it was coming but I don't think he was emotionally prepared to lay eyes on a Batman story with a name on it that was not his. He stared at it a long time then closed the comic and changed the subject.
I probably spent time with Bob on about a dozen occasions, not counting his funeral. I was one of only four people connected with the comic book field present at Forest Lawn that day, the other three being Stan Lee, Mike W. Barr and Paul Smith.
We'd all decided independently to attend but one of Bob's friends or relatives kept pointing to us and announcing, "The comic book industry sent an official delegation to honor Bob. The other twelve or so encounters were interesting, though I was never sure which Bob Kane I was going to get. Sometimes, he was the Bob Kane who'd single-handedly created Batman and drawn every single story for around 27 years.
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Other times, he'd realize that I — and others present if others were present — knew better and he'd talk about the other artists "my ghosts" and Bill Finger, acknowledging, though perhaps undervaluing, what he believed they'd done.
I may be dead wrong about this but my sense is that he was troubled by Finger's lack of recognition and financial benefit but at the same time, terrified that even the slightest thing he did to rectify matters might slightly diminish his own income and celebrity. He is not the only person in comic book history credited with creating lasting, valuable properties who feels that way about past collaborators. One in particular has really disappointed me over the years. None of what I wrote above defending Kane mitigates my belief that Bill Finger's name should appear in connection with Batman every time Bob Kane's does.
Bob Kane was at the very least one of the two people responsible for the creation of one of fiction's most enduring, popular characters. That sidewalk up in Hollywood is full of the names of people who achieved a lot less than Bob did by any accounts.
The problem is all the places, including that pavement, where Milton "Bill" Finger goes — and if nothing changes will continue to go — unmentioned. An unknown fan made up this image of what ought to be.
Before I close this off, I want to get back to that line in Bob's autobiography and I'll quote it here again to save you the chore of scrolling back up to it… Now that my long-time friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. If anything, it had the opposite effect on me. It would be one thing if Bob seriously believed he deserved sole credit; that what he recalled doing constituted the act of creation and what Finger and others did was all merely embellishing his creation.
I wouldn't agree with that but I have met some people — in comics and other forms of entertainment — who have some strange, self-serving ideas about what constitutes the act of creation or even writing.
Often, their definition is, "Whatever I did. When he admitted Bill deserved credit but did nothing to make that happen…well, that's when I lost a lot more respect for the guy. I did not lose it all. Bob was kind of intermittently nice to me. Our first two meetings, he was willing to spend an awful lot of time with a year-old kid who was interested in comics and when he figured out that I wasn't buying this line about him drawing it all, he told me about Dick Sprang and Jerry Robinson and many of the other folks who did the work signed with his name.
Finding out I was an aspiring writer, Bob asked to read some samples of my work, did…and told me I had no talent for writing and should give it up. I still intend to take his advice but I've been working so steadily as a writer for the last 46 years that I haven't had time to look for another career. Later, I logged hours with him at conventions or at gatherings involving Jack Kirby or Julius Schwartz.
Twice, he joined dinner parties I was hosting up at the Magic Castle and a few days after one of them, I ran into him in Greenblatt's Delicatessen on Sunset Boulevard. Sometimes — not always but sometimes — he was quite cordial and I was able to talk to him the way I talk to any veteran of the comic book field.
If you're ever in Greenblatt's, check out the back stairwell. There's a nice framed drawing up there of Batman and Robin that Bob did for the proprietors. I helped arrange for him to make a guest appearance on Bob, the situation comedy I wrote for in which Bob Newhart played a comic book artist and later, Mr. Kane phoned to thank me for that. Even after a few unpleasant encounters in which Bob Kane, not Newhart was too busy being The Creator of Batman to talk to anyone, I still did not lose all my respect for the man.
The guy did something that gave us one of the five-or-so greatest characters ever in comics. How many people reading this can ever claim that? I would love to be able to celebrate him for that without my mind instantly going, as so many minds do at the mention of Bob Kane, to how Bill Finger remains seriously undercelebrated.