Bill Finger will finally receive some credit for his significant contributions to the Batman mythos. DC is planning on releasing a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, Batman's first appearance, in conjunction with the company's celebration of "Batman Day" on July 23rd. DC debuted the cover to the comic this morning, and to the surprise of many, Bill Finger's name appears right under Batman co-creator Bob Kane.
This marks the first time that DC has formally credited Finger's contributions on a cover. DC has long been legally prevented from crediting Finger with the co-creation of Batman due to a legal agreement with Kane. Finger's family and their supporters have long lobbied DC and the Kane estate to recognize the creator, who added many key elements to the Batman franchise. Recently, Finger's granddaughter stated that she was exploring legal options to help her grandfather get the credit he deserved, and a fan petition started to circulate to push Fox to credit Finger in the upcoming Gotham television show, which focuses on Finger creation Jim Gordon.
We're pretty pleased to see DC do right by Finger, and encourage the company to keep finding ways to acknowledge Finger's massive role in shaping the Caped Crusader into the multi-billion dollar property he is today.
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