Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 4 is now Bill Finger Day in Massachusetts

Bill Finger was born on February 8, 1914.

He died on January 18, 1974.

His first biography, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, released on July 1, 2012.

DC Comics announced on September 18, 2015 that the company would be officially adding his name to the Batman credit line.

That credit line first appeared in print (in an ad) on October 10, 2015.

The corrected credit first appeared on TV on October 19, 2015 (Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship) and first appeared in the credits of an ongoing series (Gotham) later that same day.

Two days later, on October 21, 2015, the co-creator credit first appeared in the credits box of a comic book (three series that day).

Batman & Bill, the documentary about him, began streaming on May 6, 2017.

New York City renamed a street for him on December 8, 2017.

So many dates worth acknowledging...and now...

Massachusetts has declared May 4 "Bill Finger Day."

Bill's granddaughter Athena grew up in Massachusetts and was in the state on May 4 to attend the premiere of the second production of Co-Creator, a play about Bill, after which she was surprised with a live announcement of the proclamation.

Thank you to Dave Almeida (co-director of the play) and all others who had a role in establishing this honor. Congrats and best of luck on the play! I'm disappointed I could not make it this time.

What's next? Bill Finger leisurewear? Limited Edition Bill Finger Butterfingers? Will Bill become the mascot for a NFL team? (The Buffalo Bills would not have to change their merchandise...)

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