Ok kids, here's a little comic book history class for all those of you who think you know your comic book characters. One of, if not THE most, important names in Batman lore is Bill Finger. Who is he you say? Well, let me explain. Everywhere you see a Batman comic book, movie, tv series or whatever, Bob Kane is credited as the sole creator of Batman; but the Batman he actually created was the one you see wearing only a bright red costume, stiff black bat wings attached to his arms and a black domino (Robin style) mask. That was the Batman that Bob Kane created, the Batman you know and love today is Bill Fingers' Batman design.
**The image on the right was a recreation done by Arlen Shumer based on Kane's & Finger's descriptions, originally the front cover to her "Bat-Man Cover Story" article in Roy Thomas' comics history mag, Alter Ego #5 in 1999. You can find it here on her website: http://www.arlenschumer.com/images/stories/history_pdfs/BATMAN_coverstory.pdf. --------------------------------------------------------------->
"I got Webster's Dictionary off the shelf and was hoping they had a drawing of a bat, and sure enough it did. I said, 'notice the ears, why don't we duplicate the ears?' I suggested he draw what looked like a cowl... I had suggested he bring the nosepiece down and make him mysterious and not show any eyes at all... I didn't like the wings, so I suggested he make a cape and scallop the edges so it would flow out behind him when he ran and would look like bat wings. He didn't have any gloves on. We gave him gloves because naturally he'd leave fingerprints." -Bill Finger
Bill Finger really enjoyed mystery novels. He would often use that style of story in the Batman comics. He would also use giant props in the stories because they were good visuals for the readers, and often did the research that artists usually do for the prop scenes. He was very good in writing them, to the extent that the artist didn't have to guess what was going on.
Sadly, during the 60's, Bill was one of the long time creators that DC fired when they asked for some health benefits. He later went back to work for DC in the 70's and wrote some a few mystery stories, he then died in 1974. So, from now on, whenever you hear someone say that Bob Kane created Batman I won't ask, I DEMAND that you let them know the truth, Bob Kane came up with a name; Bill Finger is the one responsible for the Batman we know today. REMEMBER THAT!
Manuel A. Carmona