October 24 in Sci-Fi History: Bob Kane

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:00 AM EDT (Updated)

It was on this day in sci-fi history that Bob Kane was born. Today would have been his 103rd birthday. Kane was the co-creator of Batman, who first appeared in May of 1939 in Detective Comics #27.


The Batman characters are not without their share of controversy. There's dispute about who created what, as is often the case with characters made in large companies.

Today is also the birthday of Kevin Kline, who was born on this day in 1947. He won an Oscar for his role in 1988's A Fish Called Wanda and starred opposite Will Smith in the sci-fi cowboy movie Wild Wild West. Also, he’s Mr. Fischoeder on Bob's Burgers.

Today is also the birthday of B.D. Wong, born in San Francisco on this day in 1960. Wong starred with John Lithgow in M. Butterfly on Broadway and was Dr. Wu in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.

It was also on this day in 1962 that The Manchurian Candidate premiered in theaters. Whether or not it’s science fiction is, sure, dodgy. Because brainwashing at the level that this happens feels like something that’d be hard to pull off. But then again ...

Tomorrow: Satan Mania grips the U.S.