This Week In DC Credits – Bill Finger And Tony Isabella


It began with Bill Finger's first proper published co-creator credit for Batman, on the Robot Chicken DC Special III


Which was followed up on Gotham

This Week In DC Credits – Bill Finger And Tony Isabella

And in the comic books themselves, in Batman & Robin Eternal.


Next up, the battle moves to Jerry Robinson.

But in that first screen from Robot Chicken, there was also a change in the credits for Black Lightning, for which Tony Isabella has often claimed sole creator credit.

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Tony writes,

Though no agreements between DC and myself have been finalized at this time, the wording of that Black Lightning credit is wording I agreed to. It is not 100% accurate, but "created by Tony Isabella; original series drawn by Trevor Von Eeden" is, to my ears and eyes, an unacceptably clunky credit. I have not changed my position that I am the sole creator of Black Lightning. I am merely understanding of DC's presumed obligation to Von Eeden. I've never sought to deny Trevor any financial rewards for his association with the original Black Lightning series. While I'm no legal scholar, I believe this wording serves the needs of every involved party.

I'm happy with the Black Lightning credit change, especially since DC enacted it before any agreement between me and the company has been finalized. A heads up would have been nice, but I understand how many different elements must be juggled whenever a company like DC does anything. That this credit is already appearing shows good faith on DC's part. I'm very happy about that.

I wish I could share more with you on what Black Lightning things are being discussed. I hope DC and I will be able to share terrific news with you in the very near future. But I am committed to being cautious as things progress.


About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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