Bill Finger – the uncredited co-creator of Batman – was born February 8th, 1914, Detective Comics #27 was first released in May of 1939, and Bill died January 18th, 1974 at the age of 59. That is in no way to condense his life down to just three events… but rather to show that 2014 is an important year in that it would have been his 100th birthday, 40th anniversary of his death and the 75th anniversary of one of the most popular characters in the world.
I won't go into exactly why Bill isn't credited for the co-creation of Batman… its a long story that has been very well documented by Marc Tyler Nobleman in the book Bill The Boy Wonder. But a quick look at wikipedia gives you some very telling quotes.
"[Bill] had more to do with the molding of Batman than Bob. He just did so many things at the beginning, … creating almost all the other characters, … the whole persona, the whole temper." – Jerry Robinson (Creator of the Joker)
"The Darknight [sic] Detective debuted in [Detective] #27, the creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger." – Paul Levitz (Writer And Former DC Comics President)
"Now that my long-time friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. He was an unsung hero … I often tell my wife, if I could go back fifteen years, before he died, I would like to say 'I'll put your name on it now. You deserve it.'" – Bob Kane (Credited Creator of Batman)
"He made Batman, no one else. Kane had nothing to do with it. Hill did it all." – Carmine Infantino (Artist and former DC Editor)
Now a campaign to honor Bill Finger is underway, led by Nobleman and gaining some very big name support… the campaign is to get a Google Doodle for Bill Finger this year for what would have been his 100th Birthday, February 8th.
Fellow nerds, please do this. "@MarcTNobleman: Bill Finger's 100th b-day: 2/8. Request a Google Doodle for it! Email: email@example.com.
— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) January 9, 2014
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 9, 2014
If you want to help add your voice to the campaign to get Bill Finger a Google Doodle, voice your support for this idea by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.