When it comes to the entertainment industry, it becomes common to become absorbed in fame and fortune. Sadly, this can lead to people's morals being tested. Bob Kane was an example of this. His name was placed on every Batman comic. In fact, he was given full credit for Batman's creation and his comics. Bob Kane was someone who wanted fame and fortune. You're probably thinking that the creator of Batman, who did all the classic Batman comics, would deserve to be a famous legend. Well, Bob Kane would of deserved that if he actually was the one who did the Batman comics.
To say that Bob Kane was the sole creator of Batman would be an extreme exaggeration. In fact, it was a lie. Bob Kane did not create Batman on his own. Sure, he came up with the idea to have a superhero called Batman. However, he envisioned Batman as a blonde-haired crimefighter in a red costume. This version of Batman was never used. Bob Kane recruited his friend, Bill Finger, to come up with new ideas for Batman. Bill was the one who decided that Batman should be a detective who used his intelligence and gadgets to fight crime. Also, Bill was the one who actually wrote the Batman comics. He wrote the very first Batman story, as well as a majority of the classic Batman comics. The first stories to feature the Dynamic Duo, the Joker, Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler were all written by him. In other words, Bill was the most influential and important person to ever work on Batman. However, you wouldn't know any of this, because Bill wasn't credited. The man who wrote the stories and created the characters didn't receive any accolades for his work.
You might be wondering what Bob Kane actually did. Well, he was the artist. However, Bill was the one who decided what Batman would look like. Also, Bob often had other artists do the artwork for him. None of these artists were ever credited. Bob's name was displayed on all of the classic Batman comics, regardless of how little involvement he had in actually making the comics.
As a kid, I didn't know who Bill Finger really was. I had heard that he had worked on Batman, but that's all I knew. I, along with millions of other Batman fans, believed that Bob Kane was the creator of Batman. The truth was hidden from all of us for a long time.
You might be wondering why Bill would let Bob take credit for everything. Bill was a person with a strong sense of morality. However, his humbleness and shyness led to Bob taking advantage of him. Eventually, Bill tried to speak up for himself, but Bob made sure that Bill didn't get credit. He had a contract made with the comics industry that would ensure that he would get full credit for Batman's creation.
Sadly, Bill passed away in the 1970's. The man who created one of the most iconic heroes of all time was unknown, while Bob, who barely had any part in Batman's creation, was rewarded with lots of attention.
After years of hogging the spotlight, Bob seemed to be feeling some guilt. In a 1989 interview, he acknowledged that Bill was an essential part of Batman's creation, and that he should of shared the credit with Bill. It's good that Bob finally started being honest. However, the fact that he didn't have DC start crediting Bill Finger for his work is truly sad.
Bill remained uncredited until the mid 2010's. Bill didn't live long enough to see himself get the credit he deserved. However, he has been getting more love and respect from the Batman fans than ever before. The truth has finally been revealed. Bill Finger was the heart behind the Batman comics all along. Without him, none of the Batman comics, shows and films we love would of happened.
Bob Kane and Bill Finger are currently credited as co-creating Batman. Batman's creators are two incredibly different kinds of people. One of the creators, Bob Kane, let his greed get the better of him, while the other creator, Bill Finger, worked hard in secret.
After everything I had to say about Bob Kane, you might assume that I hate him, but that's not true. Bob Kane was a bad friend to Bill Finger who lied to his fans. However, hating on people is not something the real Batman would want. Despite everything he did, I hope Bob Kane rests in peace. For what it's worth, he was a great artist with a lot of intriguing ideas. It's just sad that he refused to share the credit and fame with his friend.
As for Bill Finger, I see him as the true creator of Batman. He was the inventive mind behind Batman's creation. Most importantly, he was the heart of the franchise.
If there's one thing you should learn from this story, it's that doing the right thing is more important than being a famous celebrity. Bob Kane could of shared the fame with Bill, but he never did. Bill may of been ignored and treated unfairly, but he did the right thing. He wrote inspiring tales of justice that gave happiness and hope to a countless amount of Batman fans. Bill created my childhood hero without me even realizing it. However, I now know the truth, and I'm forever grateful that a man as wonderful as Bill gave us so many legendary characters. Batman is my fictional comic hero, but Bill is my real-life comics hero and he always will be.