Bill Finger

1914 - 1974

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Milton "Bill" Finger (February 8, 1914 – January 18, 1974) was an American comic strip, comic book, film and television writer who was the co-creator (with Bob Kane) of the DC Comics character Batman. Despite making major (sometimes, signature) contributions as an innovative writer, visionary mythos/world builder and illustration architect, Finger (like other creators of his era) was often relegated to ghostwriter status on many comics—including those featuring Batman, and the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott. While Kane privately admitted in a 1980s audio interview with his autobiographer that Finger was responsible for "50–75% of all the creativity in Batman," he publicly denied Finger had been anything more than a subcontractor executing Kane's ideas for decades. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Finger has received more than 1,897,989 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Bill Finger is the 45th most popular comic artist (down from 38th in 2019), the 2,497th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,205th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Comic Artist.

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Among comic artists, Bill Finger ranks 45 out of 226Before him are Philippe Honoré, Caran d'Ache, Shotaro Ishinomori, Guillermo Mordillo, Gosho Aoyama, and Charles Addams. After him are Monkey Punch, Masashi Kishimoto, Riyoko Ikeda, Frank Miller, Naoko Takeuchi, and Charles M. Schulz.

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Among people born in 1914, Bill Finger ranks 97Before him are Annie Fischer, Marcos Pérez Jiménez, Marcel Bich, Nicanor Parra, J. Lee Thompson, and Eugene Nida. After him are Birabongse Bhanudej, Jens Otto Krag, Edward Schillebeeckx, Álvaro del Portillo, Alberto Lattuada, and Go Seigen. Among people deceased in 1974, Bill Finger ranks 69Before him are Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Jean Wahl, Anne Sexton, Christine Chubbuck, Ed Sullivan, and Jan Tschichold. After him are Werner Lorenz, Samuel Goldwyn, Wolf Messing, Ayub Khan, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, and Wang Ming.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bill Finger ranks 2,497 out of 20,380Before him are Mervyn LeRoy (1900), Harry Dexter White (1892), Sela Ward (1956), George Segal (1934), Bruce Nauman (1941), and James Ingram (1952). After him are Elijah Wood (1981), Katherine Helmond (1929), Jerry Fodor (1935), Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915), Thomas R. Marshall (1854), and James Baker (1930).

Among COMIC ARTISTS In United States

Among comic artists born in United States, Bill Finger ranks 12Before him are Bob Kane (1915), Steve Ditko (1927), Don Rosa (1951), Winsor McCay (1867), Will Eisner (1917), and Charles Addams (1912). After him are Frank Miller (1957), Charles M. Schulz (1922), Jerry Siegel (1914), E. C. Segar (1894), Robert Crumb (1943), and Jim Davis (1945).