Daily Archives: February 8, 2016
In January 2016, I put myself in self enforced exile in Gotham.
31 days of sodden alleyways, low level hoods, inept criminals and bloodshed. I was dragged back to Crime Alley innumerable times and forced to look at Bruce’s grumpy lower face; again and again and again. Batman’s been a part of my life since watching the 60’s series as a child, but I’ve never really asked myself why I’m as fascinated with him as I am. So I decided to dig deeper, by reading LOTS of Batman. Imaginatively I called it #Batmanuary
This is what I learnt:
Batman is always late, and always seconds away from death
Universally: Batman is late, every criminal was there a millisecond ago, they are always in the back of the frame … getting one up on him and he’s always on the back foot. I get it, there needs to be suspense and…
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WOW, he would’ve been 102 today. o.O
Today would have marked the birthday of American comic book writer Milton ‘Bill’ Finger, best known as the (belatedly acknowledged) co-creator of the Batman. Bill was born in Denver, Colorado in 1914, his family moved to New York where Bill attended the De-Witt Clinton high school in the Bronx, where he graduated with honours in 1933. He met fellow Batman creator Bob Kane (also a De-Witt graduate) at a party, who later offered him a job as writer for newspaper comic strips Clip Carson and Rusty.
After the significant success of National Comics’ (now known as DC) Superman character in 1938, Bob Kane conceived a new character ‘The Batman’, Bob Kane’s original sketches of the character were shown to Bill who recalled that he looked very much like Superman, red tights, a domino mask and two very stiff looking wings. It was Bill who suggested that the domino mask be…
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