Milton "Bill" Finger was originally a shoesalesman in Colorado who long dreamed of becoming a writer. By chance, he met a Detective Comics employee at a party. This man was known as Bob Kane and offered him a job ghost-writing for him. Bill agreed and his career as a writer began to unfold.
In 1938, after writing a few comics with Bob Kane, superheroes began to appear as "next big thing". National Allied Publications brought Superman onto the market and Detective was keen to get onto the action. Bob saw his chance and sketched a potential superhero for him and Bill to use in a story. The character had blonde hair, a domino mask, bright red suit and stiff bat wings with the name "The Bat-Man" underneath. Bill looked at the drawing but thought that it looked way too similar to Superman. He suggested changes that would give birth to the Batman that we have come to know and love such as a grey suit, black cape and a cowl featuring bat ears. With the changes in place, Bill and Bob began to write and draw stories for Detective Comics in 1939, which featured the debut of Batman.
With the character becoming so popular, he was later given his own series and whole host of characters soon to follow. Bill created much of Batman's rogue's gallery including The Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Scarecrow and Two-Face. Other characters included Robin, Commissioner James Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Batman's secret identity Bruce Wayne and with the help of 17 year old Jerry Robinson, The Joker. He even created the city of Gotham, the Batcave and even the Batmobile! He was also the one to write the famous origin story that we know and love.
So if this guy created so much, why has next to no one heard of him? Well, when Detective Comics became DC Comics, Bob Kane signed all the rights to Batman in exchange for SOLE credit. This meant that Bob Kane would be the only one to receive the credit for all the creations and none of the co-creators would, not even Bill Finger. Such a practice was common in those days so no one really made a big deal about it up until the later years. Most of the co-creators such as Sheldon Moldoff, Gardener Fox and Jerry Robinson later received credit for their creations and stories but Bill Finger still received nothing. During the 60s, Bill tried to get his name as the co-creator of Batman heard but to no avail. In 1974, Bill Finger tragically died of natural causes and no one but his family and friends knew of the contributions he made to DC and Batman.
DC were more than willing to give Bill his credit and desperately wanted to but because of the contract made with Bob Kane, they legally couldn't, until now. Working with Athena Finger, Bill's descendant, DC were finally able to give Bill his deserved credit after 76 years. The great injustice has finally been corrected.
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