Saturday, June 29, 2013

The first person to play Bill Finger?

On 6/5/13, I went to a Maryland wax museum, but not one in the traditional sense. The wax figures were really human beings—third grade human beings doing a class project.

And one, I’m heartened to report, chose to be Bill Finger, uncredited co-creator and original writer of Batman.

In fact, he may be the first person ever to play Bill Finger. But there will be others. Even just a year ago, a young person choosing Bill for such a project was unthinkable.

As this young man delivered his short, memorized monologue as Bill, dressed in a blue button-down as Bill often did, I unabashedly teared up. 

This is why I wrote Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.

And this is the second time I’ve heard of a young person portraying a superhero creator I’ve written about.

If you know of any other kids who have role-played Bill, Jerry Siegel, or Joe Shuster, please let me know.

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