For decades, every Batman comic book has carried the byline "Created by Bob Kane." But as Mark Tyler Nobleman explains in his latest superhero super-book, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (Charlesbridge), somebody else had a hand (make that finger) in the Dark Knight's evolution.
In this picture book for older readers, Nobleman, also author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (Knopf, 2008), unveils unsung hero Bill Finger, a struggling writer and artist whom Kane approached after he'd been commissioned to create a new superhero for the company that would become DC Comics.
Nobleman shares the lovingly pun-filled book's path to publication, which included years of dogged research and thirty-four (!) rejections, in my September children's market column at Authorlink.com. And you can learn more atwww.noblemania.blogspot.com.
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