It’s a sad fact that the story of most Golden Age comic book creators is one of hardship and a struggle to receive proper credit for their life’s work. For no one is that more true than Bill Finger. Most of what we associate with Batman – the look, the origin story, many of the core supporting cast – were created by Finger in 1939. Yet it’s only very recently that DC Comics has begun to officially recognize Finger’s contributions to the character and include his name alongside Bob Kane’s whenever the phrase “Batman created by…” pops up. The new documentary Batman & Bill offers an engaging and very bittersweet account of Finger’s life and the reasons why he never received the credit (or money) he was due while he was alive.
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