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Superman #53 UK Edition (K. Gordon Murray Productions Inc., 1950)
Superman's origin evolved considerably after it was briefly explained by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the first few panels of Action Comics #1 in 1938.  Within a year, those basic panels were expanded upon until they gradually began to take the form that we're familiar with today.  Interestingly, much of this expansion took place[...]
The 47 Comics Creators Thanked In The Suicide Squad - And Those Not
But there are also a few notable names missing… Suicide Squad screencap John Ostrander (above) – creator of the modern-day Suicide Squad, co-creator of Amanda Waller, John Economos, Flo Crawley, and Briscoe. Luke McDonnell – artist on the original Suicide Squad series, co-creator of John Economos, Flo Crawley, and Briscoe. Ross Andru – co-creator of Rick Flag, co-creator of original[...]
Detective Comics #140 featuring the first appearance of the Riddler, The Promise Collection Pedigree (DC, 1948)
A Detective Comics #140 CGC 9.6 White Pages has just sold for $456,000 at this afternoon's session of this week's 2021 June 17 – 19 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction from Heritage Auctions.  The October 1948 cover-dated release from DC Comics features the first appearance of popular Batman villain the Riddler in a story[...]
Wow Comics #11 (Fawcett Publications, 1943) featuring Mary Marvel, drawn by Marc Swayze, written by Bill Finger.
There's one such story featuring Mary Marvel in Wow Comics #11 (Fawcett Publications, 1943) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white pages up for auction this week in the 2021 May 23-24 Sunday & Monday Comics, Animation & Art Weekly Online Auction #122121 from Heritage Auctions. Wow Comics #11 (Fawcett Publications, 1943) featuring Mary Marvel, drawn by Marc Swayze, written[...]
Highest Graded Batman #1 CGC 9.4 Zooms Past $1M Mark at Auction
The Batman stories in the issue were scripted by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane, with art assistance from Jerry Robinson and Sheldon Moldoff. Batman #1 CGC 9.4, 1940 from DC Comics.   By way of comparison, an Action Comics #1 CGC 9.0 sold for $3,207,852 in 2014 — a record for any comic book.  This Batman #1[...]
Highest Graded Batman #1 CGC 9.4 Zooms Past $1M Mark at Auction
The Batman stories in the issue were scripted by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane, with art assistance from Jerry Robinson and Sheldon Moldoff. Batman #1 CGC 9.4, 1940 from DC Comics. Batman #1 had an on-sale date of April 24, 1940 according to Library of Congress Catalog of Copyright Entries Periodical records for that year[...]
All-American Comics #61 and the True Origin of Solomon Grundy
I've found that Bill Finger, who wrote many Green Lantern tales in the Golden Age, put even more research into his stories than people generally realized, which makes one wonder if he was aware of the Gotham-adjacent rhyme and suggested that to Bester.  These wise, mad men are tied into the original legends of Gotham. Bester[...]
Batman 1839, Part 1: Mad Men of Gotham
I went looking for the beginnings of a fictional medium that America made its own, and found America's fictional heart in the process. But before I get too wrapped up in that, this is supposed to be an introduction. "Batman 1839" is a series of posts that take a deep dive into something I've discovered which I[...]
Getting Ready for the Year of the Bat
Vintage comic book anniversary milestones are my very favorite kind of nerd holiday.  I'm not much of a convention guy (yeah... I know, I know), and of
Report: New York City Is Naming A Street After Batman Co-Creator Bill Finger
Bill Finger may have gotten the shaft while he was alive, denied credit for co-creating Batman for decades thanks to a deal Bob Kane made with DC Comics specifically prohibiting it, but at least the world has been trying to make things right lately. It was in 2015 that Finger first began receiving credit for co-creating[...]
Happy Days #381, (Frank Tousey, 1902). All-American Comics #16, (DC Comics, 1940)
All-American Comics #16, (DC Comics, 1940) One of my favorite things about studying old paper periodicals, beyond vintage comics and even pulps, is seeing how stories have gotten transmogrified over the course of several lifetimes and up to the present day — watching the threads drift forward through time, unravel, recombine. In addition to being a spooky little[...]
Hulu Releases Trailer For Batman & Bill – The Bill Finger Story
But there is a lot more to the story and it involved a man named Bill Finger, a struggling writer who helped Kane refine the initial idea and make it into one of the most popular characters in all of comics/literature/film A new documentary, Batman & Bill, lays out the story by It adapting the book,[...]
Going Mad as Hatter Covering Batman News
by Chuck Brouillette This reporter hit Manhattan this afternoon to cover the 1st day of NYCC 2016 on a balmy Thursday in October and immediately went from interviewing the producers and star of Warner Bros Animation's Batman: The Return of The Caped Crusaders, the feature film return of 3 of the 1960's most famous Bat-celebrities, to[...]
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… 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[...]
Bill Finger Gets His First On Screen Batman Credit In A Surprising Place
Hoping that Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Scott Shaw got something for this – as opposed to the bupkiss they got for Captain Carrot in Multiversity…. But near the top is the first on-screen credit for Bill Finger as the co-creator of Batman. Not sure he would ave expected it to first appear somewhere like this show[...]
Bill Finger To Get Creator Credit In The Batman Comics As Well As The TV And Movies
Early today the news broke by press release to DC Comics' media partner The Hollywood Reporter that writer and co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger, was to get official credit for his contribution creating the character of Batman, and his world, in both the Gotham TV series and the Batman Vs Superman movie. As part of the original Batman deal from[...]
Will We Need A Len Wein Credit On Gotham?
Bill Finger is getting a credit on the new season of Gotham. But what about Wolverine and Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein? Dan Greenfield took a trip to the set of the show, and on the soundstage snapped this photo. As Dan notes, Len is responsible for the "whole Bruce/Selina/will they/won't they thing" and "the first to emphasize the[...]
A Brief History Of Robin In Comics Showcases An Even Dozen
It's been 75 years since the creation of Robin the Boy Wonder by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson But there have been a lot of different folks to wear 'R' over the years so DC Entertainment has released this new infographic – the Brief History of Robin in Comics – showing the evolution of the[...]
Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Heart Of The Shadow? Part I
Bill Finger said that he used The Shadow and other pulp characters for inspiration when creating Batman with Bob Kane and even used one of the Shadow pulp novels, Partners In Peril by Theodore Tinsley as the basis for Batman's first adventure In the early Batman comics we see the character written in more of[...]
Bill Finger Gets His Cover Credit For Detective Comics #27 For Batman Day
Bill Finger is the co-creator of Batman, alongside Bob Kane, with Jerry Robinson adding many of the details that we know today about the character and his world Indeed many dispute Bob Kane's involvement in that co-creation, including Carmine Infantino. But clever old Bob Kane managed to arrange a deal with the publisher to give himself[...]
Ty Templeton Shows Us Bob Kane's Batman… But What About Frank D. Fosters?
Over on his website Ty Templeton has chimed in on the get Bill Finger a Google Doodle campaign with a quick little cartoon illustrating what Batman would have been without Finger's involvement I'm sure Bob Kane would have come up with a few more things… but this is pretty funny. You can see the rest here. Rich adds: Of course there[...]
Has The Truth Behind The Wonder Twins Poster Been Found?
While promoting his new book Bill The Boy Wonder, the story of Bill Finger and his co-creation of Batman, Marc met a guy named Pat Evans while doing BatPodcast and it seems that Pat had some connection to the poster Marc interviewed him for his blog and sent us the link. What inspired the idea to design a[...]
Help Get Bill Finger A Google Doodle For His 100th Birthday
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[...]