Remembering the late Bill Finger
on his birthday (February 8, 1914 - January 18, 1974).
was a writer, who provided many of the inspirational ideas to Bob Kane
's outline of Batman that helped make Batman a success....like the cowl, cape, gloves, the blue/grey color scheme, and even the Bruce Wayne name!
Unfortunately, his penchant for research did not make Bill Finger
a quick writer, nor did Bob Kane
have him included on creator credits for Batman (only noting his contributions after Bill Finger
Still, Bill Finger
did write many important Batman stories, introducing Robin, Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin and Two-Face
, as well as the Batmobile, Batcave...
...and even naming Gotham City!
Much later, Bill Finger
introduced readers to Ace the Bat-Hound
, the first Bat-Girl
, Calendar Man
, the second Clayface
, even Kite-Man and Zebra Man
, and gave Batman his two biggest trophies: the Tyrannosaurus Rex
and giant Lincoln penny (a hallmark of Bill Finger
stories was battles on oversized items).
also did other work for DC, writing early issues featuring the Golden Age Green Lantern
, and creating Lana Lang in Superboy
. Some of his last work on Batman was in World's Finest Comics
, working with Superman (there he created Moon Man
, among others).
Even better, Bill Finger
wrote the two episodes of the second season of the Batman 1966 TV show featuring the Clock King, giving him his first writer's credit on a Batman story....and the TV show Gotham
, got his name listed as co-creator of Batman!
Just great, fun stuff.ReplyDelete