Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
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Every Batman story is marked with the words "Batman created by Bob Kane." But that isn't the whole truth. A struggling writer named Bill Finger was involved from the beginning. Bill helped invent Batman, from concept to costume to character. He dreamed up Batman's haunting origins and his colorful nemeses. Despite his brilliance, Bill worked in obscurity. It was only after...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sam Quixote
“Batman - Created by Bob Kane” is a tag any Batman reader will be familiar with as it appears in the credits box of every Batman comic ever published. But Bob Kane didn’t create Batman - Bill Finger did. Who? And that’s what’s so criminal about it. How unfamiliar so many Batman readers are with the name Bill Finger.

This is Marc Tyler Nobleman’s second book on comics creators who were unfairly treated and bilked by DC Comics after they created their signature characters, the first being Boys of...more
Corey
Sep 04, 2012 Corey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Corey by: Abby Johnson
I am a comic book nerd, but I'd somehow never heard of Bill Finger. I guess that's why this book came about, because most people hadn't heard of Bill Finger. A nice easy to read biography told in comic book style, about the man who helped create Batman. Seeing his humility portrayed in the book, but calling into question if it was because he was truly humble or just wanted to keep working, made me remember all the other stories I'd heard about authors and artist kept in the dark. I'm glad this s...more
Kevin Wright
This slim volume is a painstakingly researched look at a shadowy figure who lies at the heart not only of the Batman mythos, but of all comicdom. With few photos, manuscripts or documents to work with, Nobleman pieces together the story of a talented young writer who inspired generations and transformed pop culture while working in complete anonymity. Without receiving due credit or compensation until after his death, Finger created many of the elements that have made the Batman characters so co...more
Shazzer
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Every comic book fan should know the name Bill Finger. That many don’t is a sad state of affairs, but one author Marc Tyler Nobleman is trying to improve. With Bill the Boy Wonder, Nobleman reveals the true origins of Batman, and exposes Bill Finger’s hand in creating one of the most famous fictional characters of all time. Along with Ty Templeton’s expert comic illustrations, Nobleman goes a long way towards righting a long standing wrong and giving Finger credit w...more
Barbara
Through painstaking research, this partial picture book biography explores the story of one of the creators of Batman who received little recognition for his work. While Bill Finger and Bob Kane collaborated on the storylines and image for the hero, the fame and money went to Bob. Bill's name never even appeared on the comic book although he did receive some pay. Not only is the story intriguing, but the description of how the author uncovered details about the story, even locating Finger's gran...more
Abby Johnson
Just my favorite kind of picture book biography (one that features an unsung figure) and one done extremely well. Bill Finger was an almost completely uncredited writer and co-creator of the Batman comic books. This picture-book biography, illustrated with comic-like pictures, was the result of years of detailed sleuthing on the part of the author. The text and images work extremely well together and a substantive author's note explains how he ferreted out the details of Bill Finger's brief life...more
Rosa
So Bill Finger is the co creator of Batman. This picture book talks about his contributions to Batman and other people's attempts to get him recognized as co creator since he himself was not very focused on it. I found the whole thing very interesting and hope that someone does an adult book on him soon. The authors notes about tracking down both and heir and photos of Bill were also very interesting.
Liz
Really enjoyed this biography of Bill Finger, a co-creator of Batman, who never received recognition for his contributions. Love the comic style art. Love the endpages. Appreciated the lengthy author's note and back matter which further explained the story and the research done to complete this book. Very interesting, even to a pretty reluctant comic reader! Maybe even 4.5 stars!
Beth
Everyone associates the creation of Batman to a man named Bob Kane. He is the person whose name is on every facet of the Batman enterprise, from the original comics to the highly lucrative movie franchise. This book, however, is the story of Bill Finger, the uncelebrated man behind the creation of the Batman comics and who was never given credit or proper compensation for his work. Even though the idea of Batman originated with Bob Kane, the vision of who Batman became, as well as the subsequent...more
Donalyn
A well-researched book about Bill Finger, the overlooked co-creator of Batman. Detailed in the author's note, additional information about Marc Nobleman's search to find Bill Finger's heir is equally fascinating.
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Bill the Boy Wonder
Marc Tyler Nobleman
Scholastic
2012
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read book review blog.
http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com


Bill the Boy Wonder is a biography about Bill Finger, the secret co-creator of Batman. Bob Kane is always given sole credit for creating Batman. Every Batman movie/comic/novel has a credit for Bob Kane, but there was another important figure in the development of The Dark Knight,Bill Finger.
Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of Boys of Steel,the stor...more
Sharon Lawler
Batman became a symbol of America, but of the two collaborators, only one gets any credit. Thorough research finally gives credit to the other one, Bill Finger.
Rick Phillips
Fans of Batman and comic books in general know Bob Kane as the sole creator of Batman. After reading Bill the Boy Wonder you will believe that Bill Finger should be the co-creator.
The complicated story is told in remarkable simplicity by Mr. Nobleman and wonderful illustrations by Mr. Templeton. Yes I know it looks like a big kids book but, some of the subject matter touched on here and in the follow up where Mr. Nobleman tells of how he researched the book, should be read by adults. It's a fast...more
Brent
Jul 01, 2014 Brent rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all readers of all ages
Recommended to Brent by: Author Bill Nobleman, Batman author Bill Finger, and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Here, at last, is a book-length appreciation of a creator - behind the scenes - whose creator credit slipped away, taken by artist, peer, and classmate Bob Kane. Readers like me have enjoyed Batman in incarnations of differing tone (and, of late, age-appropriateness). Finger - uncredited, until a few years before his unhappy early death - deserves better.
An earlier picture book by Nobleman, Boys of Steel , concerned Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, the creators of Superman, whose story is similar,...more
Bruce
In 1939 shoe salesman Bill Finger and his new friend cartoonist Bob Kane brainstormed together to work on a project that Bob’s editor had given him: create another superhero like the sensational Superman that had become such a sudden success. The result of their collaboration was The Bat-Man. Detective Comics bought their idea and hired Bob to do comics, and Bob hired Bill to write the scripts. When Batman became a success, Bob hired other artists to draw the stories while Bill continued to writ...more
Christina
An excellent picture book biography of the unsung hero behind the Batman comic books. Most people have never heard of Bill Finger, and how he co-created the character of Batman with Bob Kane but never got full writing credit during his lifetime. This book tells the long untold story of how the two men worked together, and in contrast to Mr. Kane, Mr. Finger is depicted as an unselfish man, never seeking the limelight, worthy qualities for emulation. Only when fans and friends began speaking up o...more
Justin
Essentially an illustrated essay, Bill the Boy Wonder lays out the history of Bill Finger's co-creation of Batman & his contribution to the iconic character's history.

The book is a good if brisk read, ably illustrated by Ty Templeton. The author's note is as engaging a read as the main story.
Keith Edwards
The initial description makes it sound like it's a biography in graphic novel form, and that's true, only if you stretch the meaning a bit. I was expecting something a bit more in depth and instead, found a children's book, with barely any more information about its subject than could be gleaned form the wikipedia entry.

I've seen some of Ty Templeton's artwork before. He's not one of the more famous comic book artists out there but he does solid work. The illustrations on display here though ar...more
S
I liked this story about the "real" creator of the Batman comics. The author's notes at the end about his work to research for the book is really worth sharing with students, too.
Karen Arendt
Fans of Batman and anyone who fights injustice will enjoy this biography about Bill Finger, the co-creator of Batman. Finger co-created Batman but received no credit for it. This story details how Bill created Batman, some of the characters in the comics, and other details about the Batman comics. The book also shows how passionate Bill was about writing yet was easygoing by nature. A detailed summary of the author's research appears at the end of the book which gives more information about Bill...more
John Smith
great book about the completely unsung co creator of Batman Bill Finger.
Jillian Heise
This book is fascinating. Well-researched and engaging to read.
Heidi
Funny (to me) to read this upon my recent admission that Batman is my favorite superhero. I've never thought about the history behind the creation of the superhero, but I was interested to learn this one. Very unfair that Bill was not credited for so much of the work, but what a humble guy to not insist on it. The illustrations give it a comic book feel, but I wasn't a huge fan of them because I wasn't always sure if I was looking at Bill or someone else. With all the superhero fans, I think thi...more
Mariah Christensen
Batman is a favorite super hero of mine, but I picked this book up because it was on the Beehive nominations display.

It was an interesting story, but not my favorite of this category for Beehive.
Kristin Redmond
Are you a fan of Batman? If so, you will find this graphic novel biography fascinating. It tells the little known story of the co-creator of Batman. You may recognize the name Bob Kane as the creator of this famous character. However, Bill Finger was instrumental in developing the image of the character you are familiar with today, as well as the storylines and major villains in the classic comic book. Learn why he was never got the credit he deserved for all of his ideas. This is a quick and en...more
Quinn Rollins
A great companion book to Boys of Steel, this is about a guy who was instrumental in creating Batman, but never got credit for it during his lifetime. It's kind of a sad story, but a powerful one. The picture book format makes it easy reading, but the ideas are complex. My elementary school-aged sons both enjoyed it, but I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it more. If you ever wanted to know who was behind one of the greatest superheroes of all time, check it out.
Karan Johnstone
Had the pleasure of listening to the author about how he went about researching this book at the Children's Literature Conference on 6/27/13. I had no idea about Bill Finger. Very interesting. It was a great lesson in perseverance.
This was a very interesting book about the creator(s) of Batman. I grew up watching Batman and Robin on TV and never knew that Batman had been created not only by Bob Kane but mostly out of the mind of Bill Finger.
Jill
I met this author and heard him speak at Plum Creek Literacy Festival yesterday. Nobleman is a passionate individual and his books are a wonderful result of his dedication. Before I read his book and listened to the presentation, I had no idea there was a controversy over who created Batman. This beautifully illustrated biography teaches us about Bill Finger and how he is linked to the Creation of Batman. Great book for 3rd grad through middle school!
Christine
Similar to Boys of Steel The Creators of Superman, this book gives us the untold story of Bill Finger, the un-named co-creator of Batman. Told in a picture book style that is almost comic-strip like. Very interesting and well researched.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman" and "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman," plus books NOT about superheroes.

He travels the country to speak at schools, conferences, and various other venues.

On his blog noblemania.blogspot.com, he reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of his books, from uplifting research moments to unconventional pr...more
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