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The Creators of Batman (Hardback)

Bob, Bill and The Dark Knight

Social History White Owl

By Rik Worth
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526777614
Published: 30th April 2021

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In the early days 20th century the emerging medium of comics was beginning to grab the attention of children and adults alike. Then, in the 1930s, superheroes revolutionised the entire industry and culture as we know it. Gotham’s caped crusader, The Batman, swung into this pantheon of demi-gods in 1939 and secured his place as one of the world’s most beloved characters.

But do know who created The Dark Knight? Do you know how artist Bob Kane, placed himself at the secret origins of Batman while his co-creator Bill Finger was forced into the shadows? Do you know how comic creators, journalists, and family members fought to have Finger credited for his work?

The first prose book to focus both on Finger and Kane, as well as cast of supporting characters from one of the most exciting times in comic book history, The Creators of Batman: Bob, Bill and The Dark Knight gathers everything we know about these two monumental figures and lays their stories side by side. Bringing together the story of these two creators against the exciting background of the American comic’s boom and Batman’s Golden Age. It looks at how Finger and Kane constructed the world of Gotham and its denizens, and grapples with the legacy the creators left behind.

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About Rik Worth

Rik Worth is a freelance journalist and writer from the north of England. When he isn’t writing about culture and class he writes comics about history. He has bylines in The Independent, Huffington Post UK and Prospect Magazine. His most recent comic, Hocus Pocus, with Richard Wiseman and Jordan Collver, looks at magic, the supernatural and science. This is his first book without cartoons (mostly). You can follow his rants on twitter at @RikWorth

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