Posts Tagged ‘Bill Finger’


I first became aware of this story by David V. Reed after reading Robbie Reed’s excellent Dial B For Blog article on Bill Finger’s contribution to Batman and DC Comics. It appeared in the Amazing World of DC Comics #10, just a year or so after Finger’s death in 1974. What is most ironic is that in the Amazing World of DC Comics #1 DC published this tribute to Finger.
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Robbie Reed posted just a page of the tasteless story, but here is the whole kit and caboodle from Amazing World of DC Comics #10.






I really don’t see why DC would publish this story, especially as Finger was quite a loyal company guy (I’m sure other comics’ companies would have loved him writing for them), and wrote over 1500 stories for DC. I don’t see why they would disrespect someone just after their death just because he missed a few deadlines or regularly needed he wages advanced to him. I wonder if this was David Reed showing his jealousy for Finger, as a lot of Reed’s stories from the 50s were assumed by many fans to have been written by Finger? Still, that doesn’t explain why DC would publish a story that was one mans grudge against a fellow writer, and I’m sure Finger would be a guy who would want everyone to be credited for what they actually did. Maybe this was payback by DC over Finger exposing the fact that for almost 30 years DC gave him no credit for his part in the creation of Batman? I also have to ask why the editor of AWoDC, Paul Levitz, would allow the story to be published?


I thought that I’d take a break from the current four parter from the 70s, with this interesting story from the 1940s. It has a lot of large props so you can tell that it is a collaboration between Bill Finger and Dick Sprang.













This article is from the Amazing World of DC Comics #4, January/February 1975. Robinson talks about how he came up with the idea of the Joker and Robin, about Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and about his work in the Golden Age of Comics.


 



* Just a brief note, Jerry Robinson’s recollections about the creation of  two key Bat-characters (Joker and Robin) are very different to those expressed by Bob Kane less than a decade before this article was written. This article came out not long after the untimely death of Bill Finger, by which time I think that Kane had somewhat changed his view. I previously posted information on Bob Kane’s recollections of the creation of Batman and the major Bat-characters here and here.


This is another Joker story which I believe was written by Bill Finger with art by Dick Sprang and Charles Paris.













This type of story where the Joker and Batman possess each others bodies has occurred a few times, most recently about five years ago. This story that I have now posted is the first time that it happened.
I believe that this story was written by Bill Finger and pencils by Dick Sprang and inking by Charles Paris. I base this all on the look of the Joker and the fact that there are some oversized props used in the story (a Finger trademark!).










I previously posted a few Joker stories on this blog. I posted The Joker Walks The Last Mile here, The Happy Victims here and The Joker’s Movie Crimes here. In the next couple of weeks I will be posting two of my favourite Joker stories from the 1970s, The Joker’s Five Way Revenge and This One’ll Kill You Batman.

 

Rackety-Rax Racket is a Joker story from the late 1940s (I think), a time when the Joker was in a transitional phase, from a cold blooded murderer to a pest who would pull elaborate pranks to make Batman look foolish.

 













Most people would know the remake of this story from The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told collection of Joker stories. The 1966 version of the story in that tome written by E Nelson Bridwell and with art by Carmine Infantino basically was an abridged version of the original with some panels lifted directly from that story and was featured in a giveaway book from Kelloggs.

This original version of the story is from 1949. The art looks like it’s by Dick Sprang and the abundance of oversized props indicates that it was probably written by Bill Finger.