No mainstream obituary ran for Bill Finger upon his death in 1974. I am especially miffed that the New York Times (the paper of the city in which Bill masterminded Batman) didn’t cover his passing.
In their defense, at the time, most people simply didn’t know who Bill Finger was…then again, most obituaries are for people you haven’t heard of…
But the Times also hasn’t covered Bill in the 39 years since…until now.
I’m thrilled to report that Bill has finally made into the Paper of Record. The 10/6/13 New York Times contains an article about him which also happens to mention (and show an image from) Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.
Screenshot of the web version:
(It is something of a follow-up to a short 3/1/13 piece.)
While I wish Bill were here to see this, it’s nonetheless a reminder that it’s never too late to set the record straight.