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    Bob Kane
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Bio:
Bob Kane was born Robert Kahn but legally changed his name to the familiar "Kane" at age 18. An eager young artist, Kane came to the burgeoning comics world in 1936 with his own book that led to various assignments in the following years. Following the success of Superman in Action Comics, editors at National Publications (now DC Comics) requested more superheroes comics. In response, Kane created a character called "Birdman". His collaborator Bill Finger offered such suggestions as renaming the character "Batman", giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, giving him a cape instead of wings, giving him gloves, and removing bright red sections of the original costume. Finger wrote the first Batman story, while Kane provided art. Because Kane had already submitted the proposal for a Batman character to his editors at DC Comics, Kane was the only person given official credit at the time for the creation of Batman.

The character was a breakout hit, but National sought to improve sales even further. Editors suggested that the character receive a youthful sidekick who the readers could use as an audience surrogate. Kane initially suggested an impish character like Puck, while Finger suggested a more down-to-earth character, Robin.

Kane, the more business-savvy of the Kane-Finger creative team, negotiated a contract with National, signing away any ownership that he might have in the character in exchange for, among other compensations, a mandatory byline on all Batman comics stating "Batman created by Bob Kane", regardless of whether he was involved in the specific issue. Bill Finger's contract, by comparison, left him with a monetary pittance and no credit even on the stories that he wrote without Kane.

Kane's major contributions to Batman were in the 1940s, with several "ghost pencilers" assisting him (like Jerry Robinson, who co-created the "Joker" while working under Kane's name). As his comic work tapered off later in his career, Kane parlayed his official status as sole creator of Batman into a low level of celebrity. He enjoyed a post-comic book career as a painter, showing his work in art galleries. Even some of these paintings were produced by other, uncredited artists, now ghost-painting under Kane's name. Kane died in 1998 and was interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.

This entry derived in whole or in part from wikipedia.org

Date of Birth: 24 October 1915
Birthplace:
Date of death: 3 November 1998



Favorite Creators:
Bob Kane is a favorite creator of 33 users


Awards:
  • 1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame




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Writer:
80 Page Giant (1964)
Batman (1940)
Batman (1986)
Batman & Me (1989)
Batman: The Dailies (1990)
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives (2003)
The Comic Reader (1961)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams (2009)
Detective Comics (1937)
Favorite Funnies (1973)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Great Comics (1941)
Jerry Iger's Classic Jumbo Comics (1985)
Jumbo Comics (1938)
The New York World's Fair Comics (1939)
Pulp Fiction (1997)
Wonder Comics (1939)

Penciller:
80 Page Giant (1964)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Batman (1940)
Batman (1986)
Batman [FIN] (1987)
Batman and Other DC Classics (1989)
Batman Archives (1990)
Batman Begins: Special DVD Issue (2005)
The Batman Chronicles (2005)
The Batman Family (1975)
The Batman Gallery (1992)
Batman In The Fifties (2002)
Batman In The Forties (2004)
Batman Through the Ages (2007)
Batman Vs. Two-Face (2008)
Batman-klassikot (1989)
Batman: Cover to Cover (2005)
Batman: Featuring Two-Face and The Riddler (1995)
Batman: Scarecrow Tales (2005)
Batman: Secrets of the Batcave (2007)
Batman: The Black Casebook (2009)
Batman: The Dailies (1990)
Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (1992)
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
Batman: The Sunday Classics (1991)
Batman: The Sunday Classics (2007)
Batman: The TV Stories (2014)
Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives (2002)
The Best of DC (1979)
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (2004)
Comicology (1998)
Comics Buyer's Guide Presents The Greatest Comic Book Covers of AllTime! (2012)
The Dark Knight - Special DVD Issue (2008)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
DC Comics Super Hero Collection (2008)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
Detective Comics (1937)
The Essential Batman Encyclopedia (2008)
Favorite Funnies (1973)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Great Comics (1941)
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988)
Jerry Iger's Classic Jumbo Comics (1985)
Jumbo Comics (1938)
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005)
Le Mensuel Batman (1972)
The Menomonee Falls Gazette (1971)
The New York World's Fair Comics (1939)
Pulp Fiction (1997)
Secret Origins (1973)
A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (1981)
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino (2014)
The Warren Companion (2001)
Wonder Comics (1939)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Inker:
80 Page Giant (1964)
Batman (1940)
Batman (1986)
Batman [FIN] (1987)
Batman Archives (1990)
Batman Begins: Special DVD Issue (2005)
The Batman Chronicles (2005)
The Batman Gallery (1992)
Batman In The Forties (2004)
Batman Through the Ages (2007)
Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (1992)
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives (2002)
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (2004)
The Dark Knight - Special DVD Issue (2008)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Super Hero Collection (2008)
Detective Comics (1937)
Favorite Funnies (1973)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Great Comics (1941)
Jerry Iger's Classic Jumbo Comics (1985)
Jumbo Comics (1938)
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005)
The Menomonee Falls Gazette (1971)
The New York World's Fair Comics (1939)
Pulp Fiction (1997)
Secret Origins (1973)
A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics (1981)
Wonder Comics (1939)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Letterer:
80 Page Giant (1964)
Batman (1940)
Batman In The Forties (2004)

Cover Artist:
Batman (1940)
Batman (1986)
Batman Archives (1990)
The Batman Chronicles (2005)
Batman: Cover to Cover (2005)
Batman: The Complete History (1999)
Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (1992)
Comic Book Marketplace (1991)
Comics Scene (1987)
Detective Comics (1937)
Famous 1st Edition (1974)
Fanboy (1999)
The Golden Age of DC Comics (2013)
Hero Illustrated Special Edition (1993)
Millennium Edition:... (2000)
World's Best Comics: Golden Age Sampler (2003)



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