February 8th will mark the 100th birthday of Bill Finger—the unsung writer who actually created most of the Batman mythology that we know and love. Although Bob Kane had the contract and the creative credit, as most comics scholars have been pointing out for years, it was Finger and artists like Jerry Robinson and Dick Sprang who actually did the work, as Kane hired a bunch of ghost writers and artists for the comic and the later comics strip. IN fact, Finger was there at the creation of Batman, and made many well-documented contributions that made the character who is he today.
Writer Marc Tyler Nobleman wrote a book (illustrated by Ty Templeton) called Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman that tells Finger’s story. And he’s currently launched a campaign to get Google to recognize Finger’s centenary with a Google Doodle. for the day. Sounds like a tall order—but you can help by writing to Google yourself. Nobleman recently told Michael Cavna more about the campaign:
MARC TYLER NOBLEMAN: By now, Google Doodles are such a part of everyweek life that the idea was bound to hit me at one point. In early 2012, before “Bill the Boy Wonder” came out, I proposed a Doodle in conjunction with the opening of [the film] “The Dark Knight Rises.” That didn’t happen. So in 2013, I re-pitched it for an even more momentous occasion — in fact, a triple occasion in 2014: [Finger’s] 100th birthday, the 40th anniversary of his death, and the 75th anniversary of Batman. …
I contacted comics media to help me build momentum, and just about everybody I asked has been kind to help. I’ve seen hundreds of tweets and been copied on emails to Google. It’s been a thrill to see this gain so much support.
Templeton has his own post on the topic, and has contributed a hilarious comic which you can read in whole on the ink above.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.