There’s just no denying that Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, has become one of the world’s most popular heroes. Well, October 24th is the birthday of the iconic hero’s co-creator, Bob Kane! The comic book artist – who would have turned 100 years-old this year – recently received a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame, and to further celebrate his birthday, we’re going to discuss five fun facts about the creator’s career!
Batman’s a killer
Modern Batman follows a very strict moral code. He’ll do everything he can to avoid taking a life and, thanks to his brilliant mind, vast resources, and incredible skill, he often succeeds in his non-lethal ways! He may just be a human, but he’s still one of the most formidable heroes around, and despite not wanting to ever take a life, he’s still feared by many. However, that wasn’t always the case! When Batman first arrived on to the scene, there were multiple cases of Batman killing his enemies and using guns! Maybe Jason Todd would have been better friends with classic Batman?
Kane worked in Times Square
Bob Kane had an office in Times Square in the early 1940s, back when demand for comics was so huge that he had to churn out pages at a break neck pace to keep up with demand! It was located in the Times Building, and George Russos and Jerry Robinson also worked in it!
After seeing Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel’s success with Superman, Bob Kane aimed to create another big superhero. After Batman was born, Kane was one of the few creators at the time that actually got a good deal from a publisher, because his dad pushed for it. Kane’s father, a New York Daily News engraver, negotiated for his son and the contract assured Bob would receive extra money if Batman was used outside of comics.
Bob Kane came up with the name “Bat-Man”, but his first picture of the character is very different from the Batman everyone has come to know! Kane’s original sketch was of a blonde man wearing red tights and wings inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s ornithopter design. Thanks to Bill Finger, Batman’s co-creator, the character was then transformed into the version of Batman everyone recognizes today. Finger suggested the cape and cowl, darker color scheme, and even the name Bruce Wayne.
Hall of Famer
Bob Kane passed away from natural causes in 1998, but years before his death, he received two big honors. In 1994, he was added to Jack Kirby’s Hall of Fame. Then in 1996, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. As previously mentioned in the intro, the late comic book artist also recently received a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame. Jim Lee and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder were at the unveiling of the star, too.
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