Thursday, March 13, 2014

What We're Reading - Bill The Boy Wonder

Batman fans of all ages are sure to be interested in Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, by Marc Tyler Nobleman.

Co-creator of Batman???  Wait a minute...since Batman first appeared in 1939, hasn't Bob Kane always been given sole credit as his creator?  Indeed he has, but perhaps Bob Kane does not deserve sole credit: This slim, colorfully illustrated children's biography makes an interesting (and strong) case that the little known Bill Finger deserves equal credit with Bob Kane!

Batman fans--adults, teens and children--will want to become familiar with Bill Finger, the man who took Bob Kane's initial rough concept and added so many of the basic foundational blocks (cape, cowl, dark-colored costume--Kane wanted red!--Batcave, Batmobile, Catwoman and the Joker) to the first stories involving the now-beloved Dark Knight (who is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year).

A story that proves that Batman's biggest secret is not being Bruce Wayne but rather the mystery of who created him.

For an added bonus on this topic, listen to a recent in-depth interview with the author on Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman" podcast.  (Listeners be warned: This is an interesting expanded discussion about the story of Bill Finger, but host Kevin Smith does use "R rated" language--not family friendly.) A visit to the author's website will also yield more details.

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