Retroist regular and comic book historian Marc Tyler Nobleman sent us an update on his new published book, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman! It’s on the shelves right now and you can order a copy for yourself right Here.
But what is the book about? Well…if you ask most comic book fans who created Batman they’ll probably tell you it was Bob Kane, which isn’t exactly the whole truth. Marc was kind enough to send us this press release and YouTube video:
“Unprecedented in both subject and format, it tells the startling story of Bill Finger.
…designed Batman’s now-iconic costume.
…wrote the first Batman story.
…wrote many of the best Batman stories of his first 25 years, including his groundbreaking (and heartbreaking) origin.
…was the original writer of Robin, the Joker, and Catwoman.
…named Gotham City, the Batmobile, and Batman’s secret identity, Bruce Wayne.
…nicknamed Batman “the Dark Knight.”
But Bill who…
…was barely credited as a Batman writer—and never as co-creator—in his lifetime. He is not even in the credits of either film (The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) named for the nickname he coined.
Because cartoonist Bob Kane, Bill’s onetime partner, took all the credit. In 1974, Bill died alone and poor. No obit. No funeral. No gravestone.
You do not have to be a Batman fan or even a superhero fan to find something worthwhile in this book. It contains the first “new” photos of Bill in decades and significant never-published info…including a bombshell with the potential to make pop culture history. Announcing it at Comic-Con International caused the crowd to erupt into applause.”
The book also includes artwork by Batman Adventures artist Ty Templeton!