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Portrait of Bill Finger
by Jerry Robinson
About Bill Finger
Bill Finger (1914-1974), the unsung hero and co-creator of Batman, scripted the
first and many of the best Batman stories during the Golden Age of comic books.
He created many of the series' most notable characters, including the Penguin,
Riddler, Catwoman, and Two-Face, and he made significant refinements to Batman's
concept and persona. Finger wrote the scripts that introduced the Bat Cave,
Batmobile, Batplane, and Batsignal. Many terms he created, such as the Dynamic
Duo and Gotham City, have become part of our lexicon. Finger was a craftsman,
and his Batman's adventures were carefully plotted, as well as being imbued with
humor and sprightly repartee. Above all, he was a visual writer-he knew
instinctively what the artist could translate into compelling pictures and
Finger's comics writing credits include many other DC characters, including the
Green Lantern and Wildcat, and many titles for Quality Comics, Fawcett
Publications, and Timely Comics. His television credits include episodes of 77
Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, the animated New Adventures of Superman, and the
primetime Batman series.
Archie Goodwin, Larry Lieber to Receive Bill Finger Award
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San Diego -- Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and
popular arts event in the United States, is proud to announce that Archie Goodwin
and Larry Lieber have been selected to receive the
2008 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing.
The choice was made unanimously by a blue-ribbon committee chaired by writer and historian
The Bill Finger Award
was instituted in 2005 under the supervision of comic book
legend Jerry Robinson. The awards committee is charged each year with selecting
two recipients, one living and one deceased.
"With all the writers who seem worthy of this award, you'd think it would be an
impossible decision," Evanier explains. "But this year, two names just jumped
off the list of candidates. Much like the late Bill Finger, Larry Lieber and
Archie Goodwin did important, groundbreaking work in our field that has not
received the recognition it deserves. We're hoping to rectify that a little with
Archie Goodwin did his first work in comics (mystery stories for Harvey, along
with assisting Leonard Starr with the newspaper strip On Stage) in the late
1950s. From 1964 to 1967, he produced a body of acclaimed work as writer/editor
of Creepy and Eerie, then moved on to work as both a writer and editor for DC
Comics and Marvel, writing memorable scripts for Batman, Iron Man, Star Wars,
Manhunter, and many others. He also wrote several newspaper strips, including
Star Wars, Secret Agent X-9, and Captain Kate. Goodwin passed away in 1998.
Larry Lieber began working in 1950 at the company now known as Marvel, doing
artwork under the editorship of his brother, Stan Lee. In the late 1950s, he and
Stan comprised the entire writing staff for the company, and Larry's work on
monster comics (including the acclaimed "Fin Fang Foom") helped lay the
groundwork for the Marvel superhero line of the sixties. For that line, Larry
scripted the first stories of Thor and Iron Man and many early tales of The
Human Torch. He is currently the illustrator of the Spider-Man newspaper strip.
The Bill Finger Award
honors the memory of William Finger (1914–1974), who was
the first and, some say, most important writer of Batman. Many have called him
the "unsung hero" of the character and have hailed his work not only on that
iconic figure but on dozens of others, primarily for DC Comics.
In addition to Evanier, the selection committee consisted of Charles Kochman
(executive editor at Harry N. Abrams), comics and animation writer Paul Dini,
writer Tony Isabella, and writer/editor Marv Wolfman.
The 2008 awards were part of Comic-Con International with
DC Comics as the major sponsor, along with supporting sponsors
Comics Buyer's Guide (CBG) and
The Bill Finger Award
was presented during the 2008 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
ceremony at Comic-Con on Friday, July 25, 2008.