Let’s give the comics industry the Finger.
We’re coming up on an anniversary on Feb. 8th of this year.
That will mark the 100th Birthday of Milton (Bill) Finger, the REAL creator of Batman.
Mr. Gotham City hisself..
Now according to the official story, Batman was created by Bob Kane (and no one else) but most comic fans know that’s not the true story. While there’s no doubt that Bob Kane did contribute something to the character of Batman (apparently he came up with the name), the overwhelming creative force behind the super-hero we all love was Bill Finger.
Without Bill writing the scripts and shaping the visuals, we don’t have Robin, Bruce Wayne, the Bat-cave, the Batmobile, the Penguin, Gotham City, the Signal, Commissioner Gordon, Alfred the Butler, Wayne Manor, the Batarang, Catwoman, the basic look and color scheme of the Batman costume, the Joker, The Riddler, The Scarecrow (as well as Green Lantern, Wildcat and a host of other characters!)
But Bob Kane, did, in fact, come up with the name…so let’s see….
This Feb 8th, you can do something to give the comics industry the Finger and give Bill his proper due.
Send a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org — and suggest that Google give Bill Finger a Google-Doodle on his 100th anniversary. Holy Justice, Batman, it would be spiffy!
For more about this subject, check out my friend Marc Tyler Nobleman’s blog…. Marc is a bit of an expert on the story of Bill Finger….he literally wrote the book on it!
Ty the Guy OUT!
Some unseen pages from the book about Bill Finger that Marc and I did a while ago: This two page sequence shows just a fraction of the stuff Finger created…
and here’s another unseen two page spread from the Bill Finger book…Marc didn’t like the image of Bill and Bob working together as his research suggested Bill didn’t hang around Bob Kane while Bob drew…and let’s be honest….Bob didn’t draw all that much.
You’ll have to get your own copy of the book “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman” yourself to see that pages we finally went with for these sequences…
And please, go pester the Google people about Bill’s doodle. It would make Batman proud. The real one with the pointy ears and the blue cape.
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