Whether or not he should be known as the sole creator of Batman will be debated until the end of time, but Hollywood will now forever enshrine artist Bob Kane on the Walk of Fame. Kane will be honored as part of the 2015 class of celebrities and will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The posthumous honor will give the comic book industry its second talent on Hollywood’s who’s who of legendary entertainers behind Marvel visionary Stan Lee. Lee, the co-creator of iconic heroes such as the X-Men, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four had previously been honored with his own star in 2011 shortly after turning 88 years old.
Bob Kane has been credited by DC Comics as the sole creator of the world renown superhero Batman. The character which was created in 1939 has become one of the world’s most recognizable and popular figures. The Batman brand of products has reached such a mass global audience that many people often forget the character originated as a comic strip from a magazine called “Detective Comics.”
Kane had previously been enshrined with the highest honor in comic books by being inducted to both the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. He will now posthumously add a Hollywood Walk of Fame star to his list of accolades.
While Kane will be rightfully implanted in Hollywood for his contribution impacting pop culture, many comic fans and historians are making their voices heard about the lack of attention writer Bill Finger has received from DC Comics and the world. Milton “Bill” Finger was a key figure in the early days of The Dark Knight. In fact, it was he who assigned Batman that nickname. Finger also incorporated many key aspects of the iconic superhero, from his cowl and costume to the batmobile and batcave.
While Kane has received all the credit for the creation of Batman, it was in fact Finger who was instrumental to the character’s core structure which led to the immense popularity of the hero. It would be justified to have Finger also enshrined alongside Kane. Batman would have never been Batman without both of these visionary creators. After all, it takes a writer and an artist to make a comic book.
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