Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Quiet or papa spank

Sometimes I need to remind myself that Bill Finger, uncredited co-creator and original writer of Batman, was of my grandparents' generation.

His still-compelling contributions to Batman can make him seem contemporary, but he did not listen to rock and roll. He was not soapboxing
The Feminine Mystique. He did not have Flower Power. And so on.

You can catch glimpses of this divide in his early Batman scripts. Here's an especially funny gem (from the debut story of the character who became Catwoman):

The Superman of the period had his own share of corkers:

Since then, I do believe both Superman and Batman have read The Feminine Mystique.


Anonymous said...

Right. When Bill Finger wrote a story it was a comic book story. There was something funny in them, in the dialogue, some of the situations, the over-sized props. These were comic books that had a sense of humor, a sense of fun, in addition to being about crime and all that.

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Right right back, Steve, and nice to hear from you. It's been a while!