Bill Finger

1914 - 1974

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Milton Finger (February 8, 1914 – January 18, 1974), known professionally and personally as Bill Finger, was an American comic strip, comic book, film and television writer who was the uncredited (until 2015) co-creator (with Bob Kane) of the DC Comics superhero character Batman (launched in 1939). Despite making major (sometimes, signature) contributions as an innovative writer, visionary mythos/world builder and illustration architect, Finger (and other creators of his era) was often relegated to ghostwriter status on many comics -- including Batman, and Green Lantern (the original, Alan Scott version). 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," for decades he publicly denied Finger had been anything more than a subcontractor executing Kane’s ideas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Finger has received more than 1,204,077 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Bill Finger is the 33rd most popular comic artist (up from 34th in 2019), the 2,012th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,112th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Comic Artist.

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Among comic artists, Bill Finger ranks 33 out of 174Before him are Don Rosa, Go Nagai, Winsor McCay, Jean-Jacques Sempé, Masashi Kishimoto, and Guillermo Mordillo. After him are Juan Giménez, Saul Steinberg, Eiichiro Oda, Monkey Punch, Cabu, and Émile Cohl.

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Among people born in 1914, Bill Finger ranks 80Before him are Unity Mitford, Dürrüşehvar Sultan, Achille Compagnoni, Demetrios I of Constantinople, Eugene Nida, and Lilli Palmer. After him are Ilmari Juutilainen, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Go Seigen, Pietro Germi, Kurt Franz, and Saul Steinberg. Among people deceased in 1974, Bill Finger ranks 49Before him are Vannevar Bush, Lajos Zilahy, Salvador Puig Antich, Farid al-Atrash, Jan Tschichold, and Anatole Litvak. After him are Konstantin Melnikov, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Gino Cervi, Samuel Goldwyn, Agnes Moorehead, and Pietro Germi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bill Finger ranks 2,012 out of 15,968Before him are Mahalia Jackson (1911), Maria Mitchell (1818), Eva Mendes (1974), Justin Timberlake (1981), William Henry Pickering (1858), and Samuel Adams (1722). After him are Donald J. Cram (1919), Perry Como (1912), Robert Todd Lincoln (1843), Ariana Grande (1993), Richard Pryor (1940), and Henry Winkler (1945).

Among COMIC ARTISTS In United States

Among comic artists born in United States, Bill Finger ranks 11Before him are Bob Kane (1915), Jack Kirby (1917), Steve Ditko (1927), Will Eisner (1917), Don Rosa (1951), and Winsor McCay (1867). After him are Charles M. Schulz (1922), E. C. Segar (1894), Charles Addams (1912), Jerry Siegel (1914), Al Taliaferro (1905), and Frank Miller (1957).