Finally: Bill Finger is credited alongside Bob Kane in this week's Batman comics

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Oct 23, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

For years now fans, journalists and comics professionals alike have been part of an ever-growing campaign to get recognition for Bill Finger, the man who co-created Batman. For decades, if you picked up a Batman comic, and didn't have intimate knowledge of the comics industry (something that was harder to have before the Internet), you saw "Batman created by Bob Kane" and took it at face value. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'd find the real story was this: Kane may have started the Batman ball rolling, but it was Finger, one of the most prolific ghostwriters in the history of the medium, who fleshed out many of the character's most important elements. He dubbed him "The Dark Knight," co-created Gotham City, helped dream up Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, and more. Batman would be a very different, and likely much less successful, creation had it not been for Finger, but because of the contractual agreements at the time, his name never got to appear alongside the Caped Crusader's.

Thanks to growing awareness about Finger and his history with Batman, though, that's been slowly changing over the last few years. Last year, Finger's name made the cover of the giant-sized Detective Comics #27, and just last month Warner Bros. announced that Finger would be credited on the Gotham TV series and on next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those are both big strides in the fight to get Finger's name out there, but they weren't what Finger ultimately hope to achieve. What they (what we) want is for Finger's name to appear next to Kane's as Batman's co-creator, permanently, in every instance in which the character appears. Now that seems to be happening.

Check out the credits page from Batman and Robin Eternal #3, which hit comic shops this week.

Yup, there's Finger's name, next to Kane's, and it appeared in Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis #3 too. This happened without an announcement from DC, and it definitely wasn't in the comics last week. We don't know when and how the decision was made, but it happened, and there's no reason to believe it won't keep happening if DC has put it in two different books already. Oh, and you may have noticed the wording: "with Bill Finger," not "and Bill Finger." It's not exactly conventional comic-book crediting, but it may have been done as some kind of legal concession that would allow Finger's name to appear without causing some kind of trouble with Kane's estate. 

Whatever the case, Bill Finger is credited in DC Comics as the co-creator of Batman, not for a special issue or anniversary, but in their regular weekly books. This is huge.

(Via Comics Alliance)