SDCC 2014: Bill Finger’s Family Attends For The First Time

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40 years after his death, on the celebration of what would be his 100th birthday Bill Finger is getting the attention he deserves.

The 75th anniversary of Batman is upon us, and there is no better time for Bill Finger, Batman’s long unaccredited co-creator, to get some well deserved attention. The powers that be at Comic-Con International have invited Athena and Benjamin Finger, the comic creators only living descendants, to attend the con as special guests.

Back in May, Athena called out DC demanding her grandfather get the credit he deserve, and just last week DC released the 75th anniversary edition of Detectives Comics #27 to finally give Finger cover credit.

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Athena will speak on her grandfathers behalf as part of two panels discussing his art, and the ongoing push to give the man and his legacy credit, and will assist in presenting the Bill Finger award during the Eisner Awards ceremony. She also accepted the posthumously given Inkpot Award on behalf of her grandfather. Due to contractual agreements with Bob Kane, the man who does get the creator credit for the majority of the Batman universe, DC may never be able to give Fingers family what they seek, but the fact remains that the community knows and appreciates the work that Bill Finger put in to one of the worlds most recognizable comic heroes.

On Thursday Athena Finger appeared alongside Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) who started THE CAPE CREATOR campaign to create a tribute for Bill in time for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con The panel also included Tom Andrae (Batman and Me), writer Mark Evanier (Bill Finger Awards), actress Lee Meriwether ( Batman: The Movie’s Catwoman), author Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), and Cartoons Art’s Jens Robinson (son of Joker co-creator Jerry Robinson), plus special messages from legends like Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil, and DC’s last surviving Golden Age artist, Wildcat co-creator Irwin Hasen.

Friday the Comics Arts Conference #8: Who Created Batman? panel is set to discuss all the artists involved in the evolution of the character and the world that we know so well today. The panel will feature many of the same guests from Thrusday, with the addition of Denny O’Neil (Batman), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), Jens Robinson (CartoonArts International), Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic book art), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight films), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of DC Comics founder), who will tackle the burning question: Who built the bat? 

Athena and her son, who live in Florida, have used this opportunity to meet a number of men and women who knew and worked with her grandfather and to hear their stories about the man she never met. Whether or not Athena will ever get her wish remains to be seen, her presence at SDCC demonstrates the importance of the work Bill Finger did, which the fans will never forget.

Images: DC Comics

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