Sunday, September 18, 2016

Batman and Bill Finger



Yesterday may have been Batman Day, but today is Bill Finger Day, commemorating the anniversary of the day that the Dark Knight's co-creator finally got his proper credit from DC Comics.  Thank you to Marc Tyler Nobleman, Patron of this blog and author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman for spearheading the efforts to give Finger his due - and for suggesting I find a way to team him up with Batman!

22 comments:

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Love it, Ross. Thanks. To the Billmobile!

Bob Greenwade said...

This suggests all manner of puns about "giving the Finger," but I do have to say that this is well done from all sorts of angles. It's a bit evocative of when the Flash met Cary Bates and Elliott S! Maggin back in the '60s.

Jim Ryan said...

Damn, nice!

Cary Comic said...

So, that's what Mr. William Finger looked like in his Golden Age years.

I understand there's been a lot of retroactive controversy over whether or not Bob Kane was an egotistical back-stabber, re: grabbing sole authorial credit. And, to a certain extent, the nay-sayer faction loyal to Bill could be right. But, whatever the truth, the fact remains that their brainchild is coming up on his 80th birthday. And the latter's popularity shows no signs of a-Bating.*

So, thanks for this thought-provoking cover, Ross. And, to Bob Greenwade: wouldn't "Fingerman" be a great theme song for a TV series about Bill's crime-fighting adventures.

"Fingerman! Nanananananananananana! Fignerman!"

*Sorry! Burt Ward made me do it. X-D

Sonofjack Well said...

A lovely and fitting tribute....

ELS said...

Oh my God, you went there. Ross, this is so far beyond brilliant that it deserves some kind of award or recognition. I hope that Bill Finger's family gets to see this.

Bill Finger got ignored for his brilliance and co-creation of Batman for far too long. The only other thing I would have wanted to see on a cover like this was a giant typewriter... and there was no way to get that in there.

Lovely. You've made an old man smile a lot today!

Alaric Shapli said...

Five thumbs up!!! (I guess I must have strange hands.)

Linneman said...

Very cool concept!

Doug said...

Love it, Ross. Great execution, super idea.

Doug

Anonymous said...

Bob, and don't forget when the heroes met Julie Schwartz on Earth Prime

Simreeve said...

Talking of the early days of Batman, DC has decided to collect all of the earliest stories together and release them in trade paperbacks: Volume 1 is in the shops at the moment, and I've got a copy reserved for collection on payday...

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

ELS - the Finger family has indeed seen this! Other creators/writers have met superheroes...Grant Morrison/Animal Man is the first to mind.

ELS said...

Say, Ross, this suggests another cover - the real creators of Marvel/DC. I can think of a few from DC (Julie Schwartz, Curt Swan, Jack Kirby, Elliot S! Maggin, Cary Bates, and all those characters from that old Bat-Mite story), and Stan, Jack (again), Roy Thomas, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, and a whole swath of 'em from the Impossible Man Fantastic Four book set in the Marvel offices.

Anonymous said...

@ELS: good idea!

Ross could even do it as a homage to STRANGE SPORTS STORIES. I can just "pitcher" Stan "The Man" Lee winding up to throw a fast one at "Joltin' Julie" Schwartz.

rbowser said...

wow - these imaginary teamups you do are amazing - And it's unbelievable you're able to do one every day! Thumbs up to you, Ross!

Ross said...

Appreciated, Rbowser!

Lee Houston, Junior said...

It's great to see Bill Finger finally getting the credit he's (long over) due, but sadly, the one medium where he is still not acknowledged is the comics themselves. For either legal or other reasons, Kane is still the sole creator listed.

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Lee Houston, Junior - not so! Bill has been credited in Batman comics since October 2015: http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2015/12/top-10-pop-culture-moments-of-2015.html.

Cary Comic said...

@ MTN: You have put your "Finger" on it, correctly, sir.

Bob Greenwade said...

Now we just need to see Steve Ditko under the Spider-Man mask. :)

Anonymous said...

@BG: cue Macaulay Culkin impersonation

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

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