Monday, February 17, 2014

100th birthday of Bill Finger

The 100th birthday of Bill Finger was this week.. i know you probably missed it.

Its not your fault. Blame the publishing industry or Bob Kane or whoever you like..

The fact remains that Batman would be unrecognizable without Mr.Finger.

He's the writer best known as the uncredited co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comicscharacter Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series' development. 
Finger offered such suggestions as giving the character a cowl instead of the domino mask, a cape instead of wings, adding gloves, and removing the red sections from the original costume.[13][17] 
- more at Wikipedia

heres a quick run through of why he should be important to every Batman fan.

He later said his suggestions were influenced byLee Falk's popular The Phantom, a syndicated newspaper comic strip character with which Kane was familiar as well,[18] and that he devised the name Bruce Wayne for the character's secret identity. As Finger described, "Bruce Wayne's first name came from Robert Bruce, the Scottish patriot. Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry. I searched for a name that would suggest colonialism. I tried Adams, Hancock ... then I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne."[4] Kane decades later in his autobiography described Finger as "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."[19] Finger biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman described, "Bob [Kane] showed Bat-Man to [editor] Vin [Sullivan] — without Bill. Vin promptly wanted to run Bat-Man, and Bob negotiated a deal — without including Bill."[20]

Finger also wrote many of the original 1940s Green Lantern stories and would go on to contribute to the development of numerous comic book series.
He was posthumously inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999. His name provided the basis for the Bill Finger Award, founded by Jerry Robinson and presented annually at the San Diego Comic-Con International to honor excellence in comic book writing. - more at Wikipedia

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