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    Bill Finger
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Finger was a writer who best remembered (though never officially credited) as the co-creator of Batman with artist Bob Kane.

Finger and Bob Kane began to collaborate in 1938. In early 1939, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at the comic book division of National Publications (later DC Comics, now a subsidiary of Time Warner) to request more superheroes for their titles. Kane subsquently created a character called "Birdman". Finger offered such suggestions as renaming the character "Batman", giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, giving him a cape instead of wings, giving him gloves, and removing bright red sections of the original costume. Finger wrote the first Batman story, while Kane provided art. Because Kane had already submitted the proposal for a Batman character to his editors at DC Comics, Kane was the only person given official credit at the time for the creation of Batman.

Batman was a breakout hit, and soon after, National suggested that character receive a youthful sidekick who the readers could use as an audience surrogate. Kane initially suggested an impish character like Puck, while Finger suggested a more down-to-earth character, Robin. Finger went on to write many of the early Batman stories, including making major contributions to the character of The Joker, as well as other major Batman villains. He is also credited with the invention of the Batmobile, the Batcave, anything Bat-named, the Bruce Wayne identity, and with providing a name for Gotham City. Among the things that made his stories particularly distinctive was a use of giant-sized props -- enlarged pennies, sewing machines, or typewriters.

Kane, the more business-savvy of the Kane-Finger creative team, negotiated a contract with National, signing away any ownership that he might have in the character in exchange for, among other compensations, a mandatory byline on all Batman comics stating "Batman created by Bob Kane", even on stories with which he had no direct involvement. Bill Finger's contract, by comparison, left him with a monetary pittance and no credit even on the stories that he wrote without Kane. Finger, like Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, and many other creators during and after the Golden Age of Comic Books, would resent National for "cheating" him of the money and dignity that he felt that he was owed for his creation. By the time Finger died in 1974, he had never been officially credited once for his work. He died poor and without any official heirs to continue his fight for credit. Since then, in the comic book industry, being "Fingered" has become slang for being denied credit for one's contributions to a story or character.

Posthumously, Finger has been named to the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame. He is also the namesake of the Bill Finger Award.

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Date of Birth: 8 February 1914
Date of death: 24 January 1974

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3-D Batman (1953)
80 Page Giant (1964)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog (1952)
Adventures of Superboy (2010)
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-American Comics (1939)
All-American Men of War (1952)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Winners Comics (1941)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
Batman (1940)
Batman (1966)
Batman [FIN] (1987)
Batman [ITA] (1992)
Batman & Superman in World's Finest Comics: The Silver Age (2017)
Batman 3-D (1990)
Batman Annual (1960)
Batman Anthologie (2013)
Batman Archives (1990)
Batman Arkham: Clayface (2017)
Batman Arkham: Hugo Strange (2018)
Batman Arkham: Penguin (2018)
Batman Arkham: Scarecrow (2016)
Batman Arkham: The Riddler (2015)
Batman Arkham: Two-Face (2015)
Batman Begins: Special DVD Issue (2005)
The Batman Chronicles (2005)
Batman Erikoissupersidos (1980)
The Batman Family (1975)
Batman Gratis-Comic (2014)
Batman In The Fifties (2002)
Batman In The Forties (2004)
Batman In The Sixties (1999)
Batman Monthly (1988)
Batman Presents (1990)
Batman Superman: The Silver Age Omnibus (2016)
Batman Through the Ages (2007)
Batman Vs. Two-Face (2008)
Batman-klassikot (1989)
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
Batman: Featuring Two-Face and The Riddler (1995)
Batman: Najlepsze opowieści (2012)
Batman: Scarecrow Tales (2005)
Batman: Secrets of the Batcave (2007)
Batman: The Black Casebook (2009)
Batman: The Dailies (1990)
Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (1992)
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives (2003)
Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus (2015)
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
Batman: The Sunday Classics (1991)
Batman: The Sunday Classics (2007)
Batman: The TV Stories (2014)
Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives (2002)
The Best of DC (1979)
The Best of the Brave and the Bold (1988)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
Captain America Comics (1941)
Catwoman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (2004)
Challengers of the Unknown (1958)
Clásicos DC (1990)
Comic Cavalcade (1942)
Comic Cavalcade Archives (2005)
Crime And Punishment (1948)
The Dark Knight - Special DVD Issue (2008)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Archiv Edition (1998)
DC Comics Anthologie (2012)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Colección Novelas Gráficas (2016)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Super Hero Collection (2008)
DC Museum Edition (2001)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
Detective Comics (1937)
Detective Comics (2011)
Detective Comics #27 Batman 75 Years Edition (2014)
Detective Comics: Batman 80th Anniversary Giant (2019)
Eureka Cult Comics (1997)
Famous 1st Edition (1974)
Fantasy Masterpieces (1966)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
The Fox and the Crow (1951)
G.I. Combat (1952)
Golden Age Green Lantern Archives (1999)
Grant Morrison Présente Batman (2012)
The Great Comic Book Heroes (1965)
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (1990)
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988)
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988)
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (1987)
The Green Arrow by Jack Kirby (2001)
Green Lantern (1941)
House of Mystery (1951)
House of Secrets (1956)
The Human Torch (1940)
The Jack Kirby Omnibus (2011)
Joker Anthologie (2014)
The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
The Joker: His Greatest Jokes (2019)
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005)
Laugh (Comics) (1946)
Leading Comics (1941)
Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
Lynvingen (1966)
The Menomonee Falls Gazette (1971)
More Secret Origins Replica Edition (1999)
Mystery in Space (1951)
The New York World's Fair Comics (1939)
Our Army at War (1952)
Our Fighting Forces (1954)
Pep Comics (1940)
Robin, The Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Secret Origins (1973)
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942)
Showcase Presents: Batman (2006)
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Star Spangled Comics (1941)
Star Spangled War Stories (1952)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Super Adventure Comic (1950)
Super DC (1969)
Superboy (1949)
Superman (1939)
Superman - Kryptonite (2013)
Superman (Australian Edition) (1947)
Superman 75 Anni Speciale (2014)
Superman Archives (1989)
The Superman Family (1974)
Superman In The Forties (2005)
Superman In The Sixties (1999)
Superman Klassik (1990)
Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays (2015)
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
Timely Presents (1999)
Tomahawk (1950)
The Viking Prince (2010)
Weird War Tales (1971)
Wielka Kolekcja Komiksów DC Comics (2016)
Wonder Comic Monthly (1965)
Wonder Woman (1942)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
World's Funnest (2016)

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