Bat-Birthdays: Happy Birthday Bob Kane!


Three days after he was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Bat-fans celebrate the 100th birthday of Batman co-creator Bob Kane.  DC asked Kane in 1939 to create a new costumed hero, and with the help of Bill Finger, he gave them (and the world) Batman.

Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.  The following year, Batman got his own solo series.  Kane continued as the artist of the Batman comic books until 1943, when he transitioned over to pencil the Batman newspaper comic strip.  When that strip ended in 1946, Kane returned to the comic books, where he would remain until retiring from DC in 1966.  Kane would later serve as a consultant on the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman film series.  He was inducted in 1994 to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame and in 1996 to the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame, and as mentioned, received a star in the Motion Pictures category at the Hollywood Walk of Fame just this week.

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Kane passed away on November 3, 1998.  Bat-fans everywhere need to be thankful of him for helping to bring us our favorite hero, so thank you and happy birthday Bob Kane!

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