ZIA COMICS FUN FACT – BILL FINGER
Bill Finger was never recognized for all his contributions to the comics world while he was alive. That is truly a shame since he gave us so many iconic and memorable characters. It was not until 2014 that Bill Finger was formally acknowledged as the co-creator of Batman. Finger’s name appeared in the 75th anniversary reissue of the first DC Comics edition with Batman in it.
Finger first began collaborating with DC comics and Bob Kane in 1938 on comic strips. Then National Comics (which would later become DC Comics) introduced Superman in Action Comics #1 and it was a huge hit. Comic book artists/writers/publishers were all trying to duplicate the man of steel’s success.
Bob Kane is often credited as the sole creator of Batman. Bob Kane went on public record numerous times with this claim. After Bill Finger’s death Bob Kane recanted and admitted Bill Finger played a big part in developing Batman. Bob Kane said “Bill Finger was a contributing force on Batman right from the beginning… I made Batman a superhero-vigilante when I first created him. Bill turned him into a scientific detective.”
Unfortunately Bill Finger was never properly honored for his contributions to the comic business while he was alive. You hardly see his name anywhere thanks to Bob Kane, who managed to finagle a lot of legalities about Batman to his own advantage.
Bill Finger contributed much of the early Batman mythology as well as greatly influencing the costume design. Bill Finger even came up with the name Bruce Wayne ( a hybrid of Robert I of Scotland who was called Robert Bruce or Robert the Bruce, and U.S. Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne). Finger wrote both the initial script for Batman’s debut in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) and the character’s second appearance.
Finger is also often credited with being the man behind Robin’s origin story. Finger developed what would become the Batcave, Batmobile, Batplane, Batarang, utility belt, and the name Gotham City.
The list of Bill Finger creations is a long one. He co-created Alan Scott (the original Green Lantern), Harvey Dent, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin), Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, The Riddler, and Hugo Strange.
He has over 150 issues of Batman attributed to him. Counting all DC Comics titles he wrote well over 600 issues! He even worked on Sensation Comics #1, which featured the origin story of Wonder Woman!
BILL FINGER CHARACTER CREATIONS
Ace the Bat Hound
Aunt Harriet Cooper
OTHER BILL FINGER CREATIONS
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