Happy Birthday Bob Kane, Creator of Batman

Bob Kane is best known as the man who created one of the most iconic superheroes (and one of my all time favorites) Batman. Bob Kane was born 99 years ago today!

Bob Kane was born in 1915. He grew up with Will Eisner and worked with the Max Fleischer Studio as a trainee animator in 1934. He would enter comics two years later and remain in the industry working on and overseeing work on Batman, for thirty years.

In early 1939, DC’s success with Superman in Action Comics prompted editors to scramble and create more heroes. In response, Bob Kane conceived “the Bat-Man”, which drew inspiration from Zorro and Leonardo da Vinci’s diagram of the ornithopter (a flying machine with huge bat-like wings).

After his retirement from comics in 1966, he dabbled in fine art, television animation and wrote two autobiographies, as well as working as a consultant on Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989.Following the death of Bill Finger (who developed Batman with Kane) Kane felt that Finger never got enough credit, and would have liked to rectify that.

Kane was inducted into the comic-book industry’s Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996, shortly before his death in 1998.

 

 

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