William Finger was born on February 8, 1914. He met cartoonist Bob Kane at a party in 1938, and soon after they were collaborating on several adventure strips. Within a year, Batman appeared. Finger’s fondness for pulp fiction and movies influenced his plots and writing style for comic books. He worked on many other DC characters and titles, scripted some of the 1940s daily and Sunday Batman and Robin newspaper strip continuities, and wrote for Quality, Fawcett and Timely. Finger’s television credits include 77 Sunset Strip, The Roaring Twenties and Hawaiian Eye during the late 1950s and early 1960s. His efforts in the super-hero genre also appeared on TV in the 1960s, including material for the animated New Adventures of Superman plus a two-part Clock King episode of the 1966 Batman series. Finger died in New York City on January 24, 1974. He was posthumously inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1999.
Batman Chronicles Vol. 1by Bill Finger, Bob Kane
Presenting an exciting new way to experience the rich history of the Dark Knight in an affordable trade paperback collection of every Batman adventure, in color, in chronological order! BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 1 reprints Batman stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #27-37 and BATMAN #1, featuring the earliest adventures of the Dark Knight by Batman creator Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Jerry Robinson and Sheldon Moldoff. Future volumes in this series reprint stories from DETECTIVE COMICS, BATMAN, WORLD'S FINEST and other titles throughout the character's history, all presented chronologically based on publication date!
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This collection includes the very first Batman comic stories in chronological order. Contrary to what the publisher reviews say, this actually includes Detective Comics 27-38, not just 37. Although later Chronicles collections may just be suitable for collectors or completists, this is a must-have for any Batman fan. Unlike the Archive collections (which are astoundingly expensive) or the Showcase Presents series (which are only in black and white), these collections manage to balance affordability with attention to detail. These look great in color. Granted, Bob Kane was not the greatest artist, but that doesn't detract from the stories. Furthermore, you get the first appearances of Batman (naturally), Commissioner Gordon, Robin, Hugo Strange, The Joker, and Catwoman (herein called 'The Cat'). The Joker is just as homicidal as ever, and the story that introduces Catwoman is wonderful (and even funny). Also, there is some good art thrown in (like the cover to Detective Comics #31 very gothic). More than just a collection of original stories, some of these stories are actually entertaining. Pick this up as a collectible and as a good read in its own right.
Although not quite yet the coarse individual we know today, this 40's Batman definitely offers pop culture nostalgia for early comic book lover. For anyone who loves Batman for Batman this is a must-have.