Do you know who gave the title ‘The dark knight’ to Batman? It was Bill Finger the un-credited co-creator who breathed life into Batman comics through his engaging storylines and engrossing artwork. Majority of DC comics readers know that it was Bob Kane who is credited for creating Batman. Even in the Batman movies, Bob Kane is acknowledged. The fact is that Bob Kane never gave credit to Bill Finger for the creation and massive success of Batman comics. He stole the limelight and recognition that Bill really deserved for. Sadly Bill Finger died anonymous and penniless in 1974.
It was Bill who wrote the first Batman story and the next Batman adventures for 25 years. Right from designing the Bat costume to creating Gotham city, bat vehicle & other characters like Robin and the iconic villain – Joker, Bill was the sole creator of Batman series. Despite putting so much effort, Bill Finger was just reduced to remain a ghost-writer of Batman comics. Bob Kane cunningly sidelined Bill Finger and labeled himself as the sole creator of Batman comics. After the death of Bill Finger, all the monetary privileges were given to a far off partner of Bill Finger’s son.
It was Marc Tyler Nobleman, a writer who brought the tragic story of Bill Finger in light and gave him the deserved fame he truly owed. Marc even traced the granddaughter of Bill Finger and helped her get the monetary rights of her grandfather’s work.
To know more about Bill Finger, do read the graphic novel – Bill the boy wonder: the secret co-creator of Batman. This graphic novel has been penned by Marc Tyler Nobleman. I applaud the efforts of Marc Tyler Nobleman to bring the story of Bill Finger in light. It was Bill Finger who gave wings to Batman but sadly he remained an anonymous creator. Though Bob Kane had recognized Bill Finger as a major contributor behind Batman comics in his official autobiography – Batman and me, it is surprising that why Bill Finger was never given the recognition as the co-creator in Batman movies.
I had read this story about Bill Finger in Chicken Soup series on writers. This short article by Marc Tyler Nobleman on Bill Finger inspired me to write this blog post on the brainchild behind the Batman. I empathized with this story because I know what a writer feels when his work is featured without giving him any written acknowledgement. I too have written articles for which I never got any credit I truly deserved for. Bill Finger’s story is not only heart-breaking, tragic but also eye-opening for those thousands of creative people who remain anonymous behind the greatest works.