Bill Finger was the long-unacknowledged co-writer of Batman and second fiddle to artist Bob Kane. DC Comics and Warner Bros. ultimately gave Finger the credit he deserved. And now so will his hometown, the Bronx, New York City: Finger will be honored with a street named after him, Bill Finger Way.
If you're in the Bronx on Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., you can attend the unveiling at the location that's currently known as East 192nd Street and the Grand Concourse, northeast corner. According to the Facebook page of the Bill Finger Appreciation Group, Finger's granddaughter Athena and Councilman Ritchie Torres will speak.
Also speaking is Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. Nobleman says that Finger and Kane brainstormed Batman stories in Poe Park, which is adjacent to that street. Poe Park is itself named after famed horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.
If this ceremony goes according to plan, there will be photo snapping and perhaps a cosplayer or two. But if you read Batman's many titles, public ceremonies never, ever go according to plan.
We're anticipating someone from the rogues gallery to appear and make mischief. And only Batman can save us … thanks to Bill Finger.
Finger was the subject of the 2017 Hulu documentary Batman & Bill.