If you've been paying attention over the past few months, you've undoubtedly noticed that we here at ComicsAlliance are pretty passionate about Batman's uncredited co-creator, Bill Finger, and we're far from the only ones. There's been a surge in recent years of people trying make the public aware of the truth behind Batman's creation and that the legally mandated "Created By Bob Kane" tag on every Batman comic book, film and television episode doesn't tell even half the story.
The latest effort on that front: A Kickstarter-funded "tribute film" from the Comic Arts Council called The Cape Creator that not only looks back at Finger's considerable contributions to Batman, but also features interviews with his surviving descendants.
This Saturday, February 8, marks the 100th birthday of Bill Finger, one of the true unsung heroes of comic books. In the decades of his comic book career, Finger was one of the most prominent writers of the Golden and Silver Ages, contributing to characters like Superman and Green Lantern, but it's his role as the co-creator of Batman where he made his biggest impact as the man directly responsible for Batman's costume and origin, as well as co-creating characters like Robin, the Joker and Catwoman -- and he did it without ever receiving credit on the printed page.
So to honor the occasion, we'd suggest that you take a little time this weekend to sit down and read through some of Finger's stories to see just how much he shaped one of the greatest characters of all time. And to help with that, I've rounded up ten of my favorites from his work on the Dark Knight. These are Bill Finger's Best Batman Stories.
Here at ComicsAlliance, we've grumbled more than a couple of times about the persistent, legally mandated "Batman Created By Bob Kane" credit that appears on every single Batman story. The truth of the matter is that Batman was at best a collaborative effort between Kane and writer Bill Finger, who sadly remains unknown to many fans to this day. But what if -- and this is a really big "what if" -- that credit was actually accurate?
As Bill Finger's 100th birthday approaches, that's the question cartoonist Ty Templeton, artist of Bill the Boy Wonder, has set out to answer in a strip that shows Batman in the form that was actually created by Kane, and it's not exactly a familiar site. Check it out below!
Those of you into big anniversaries might want to pop open your calendar and get ready to write in a new event: February 8th marks the 100th anniversary of Bill Finger, the co-creator of a character you've probably heard of called the Batman. Unfortunately, due to a string of machinations by a real-life supervillain, Finger has never been officially credited for his role in the Dark Knight's creation. As the centennial approaches, however, a campaign has been launched to get him at least a small gesture of appreciation: A Google Doodle. You know, those little drawings that Google puts up instead of their logo on holidays? One of those.
Sparked by Marc Tyler Nobleman, the author of Bill The Boy Wonder, the grassroots effort is encouraging fans to write into Google and urge them to celebrate Finger's birthday next month, and it's the sort of campaign that we here at ComicsAlliance can get behind. It is, after all, the least we can do.
Q: How do you square what happened to Bill Finger with your love of Batman? Is it a problem? -- @MikeFromNowhere
A: You know, it is and it isn't. I think the record will show that outside of a few years here and there where I just wasn't interested in what was going on in the comics, there has been very little that has stood in the way of my love of Batman. It is river deep, mountain high for me and Batman, and at this point, I don't think there's anything that's going to change that. But at the same time, there are those moments where I'll be reading one of my favorite stories, or watching Batman: The Animated Series or Brave and the Bold, and that damn "Batman created by Bob Kane" credit comes up, and I'm just angry about it for the rest of the day.
Jack Kirby said it best, Mike. Comics'll break your heart.
Batman doesn't use guns. It's kind of his deal, one of the defining aspects of his character that's been in place for over 70 years, despite the book's ties to the trigger-happy worlds of pulp vigilantes and noir detective stories. So why not? Well, the
The time is once again here for Thanksgiving in America, and while most of us just use the holiday as an excuse to binge on turkey, there is a deeper meaning behind it. It's the day that we set aside to honor the time that the Native Americans helped out the Pilgrims, who would not have otherwise survived the harsh winter in their new home. Things
Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!
Q: Batman's no kill policy: when did it start in the comics and what do you see as the limits of it? (Killing vs. "Not Saving") -- @ELB_Brian
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