Here are phrases I find myself saying again and again when describing Bill Finger and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (some of which appear in the book itself):
- Batman’s biggest secret is not Bruce Wayne.
- Bill brought out the detective in Batman, and then in me.
- The lone, previously unknown heir is in the unique position to go to bat for Bill.
- Bill died in 1974. He had no obituary. No funeral. No gravestone. No kidding.
- Bill created one of our greatest champions for justice. It’s time for justice for Bill himself.
- If you’re a Batman fan, you’re a Bill Finger fan.
- Bill wrote 1,500 Batman stories over 25 years—including his heartbreaking (and groundbreaking) origin—and even designed the costume, but his name did not appear in the credit line a single time. Bob drew only the first few stories and did not write a single Batman story in his life, but his name has appeared as the sole credit since 1939.
- We don’t relate to Batman only because he has no powers. We relate to him because he has no parents.
- Siegel and Shuster is a David and Goliath story. Kane and Finger is a Cain and Abel story—down to both having a Cain/Kane.
- Batman supports the underdog so let’s support the underdog behind Batman.
- A Finger had a hand in it, too.
- Justice has no expiration date.
after the credit announcement:
- A story 76 years in the unmaking.
- Bill Finger made history. We corrected history.
- The story of a writer doing a solid for another writer whom he will never meet.