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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameRobert Kahn

Mini Bio (1)

Bob Kane was born on October 24, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Kahn. He is known for his work on Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman (1989). He was married to Elizabeth Sanders. He died on November 3, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Elizabeth Sanders (? - 3 November 1998) ( his death)

Trade Mark (5)

Often based comic characters on well known figures
Frequently deals with dark themes in his comics
Often drew his heroes in black and grey and his villains in bright colours
Known for keeping characters alive regardless of how many times they appear to have died
Square signature in the corner of a page

Trivia (29)

Kane also created the television cartoon characters Courageous Cat, Minute Mouse and Cool McCool.
Created the comic superhero Batman in May 1939, along with the writer Bill Finger who went uncredited in his role of co-creator until the year 2016.
He created Batman from a combination of Zorro (a wealthy playboy/masked hero), the Shadow (a dark superhero), and Dracula (a bat-like creature).
The name Bruce Wayne is derived from Scottish history's Robert the Bruce and Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
Stated in Cinescape magazine that of all the actors who played Batman, he felt that Val Kilmer did this the best.
His famous comic book character Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. This is now a collector's classic and a near mint comic book can fetch up to $1,000,000 (in 2011).
Personally recommended Jack Nicholson for the role of the Joker in the original Batman (1989) film.
In 1939, he was a freelance artist with a small studio of artists to assist/ghost pencil his work. Among these young comic creators was the writer of the group, Bill Finger. They were hired by Kane, not National and all work to come out of the studio was credited to Bob Kane. When National Comics (eventually DC Comics) editor Vin Sullivan asked him to create the next "Superman", he created "The Batman", who he drew in a red outfit, a mask in the style of Zorro, and a glider based on a sketch by Leonardo Da Vinci and the film The Bat Whispers (1930). He asked Finger for advice. It was Finger who suggested giving Batman a scalloped cape and an eared cowl, and he changed the costume from red to gray. He also introduced the detective aspect to Batman's character. He wrote the first Batman comic and many more. However, he died poor and uncredited. Years later, Kane expressed regret over this, yet he never allowed Finger to be credited as a co-creator.
Gave Adam West, who portrayed Batman on the 1960s television series, a drawing of Batman with the inscription "To my buddy Adam, who breathed life into my pen and ink creation.".
When signing a print of Batman and Robin in flight for an old friend, signed it "Bats Wishes Always".
The character Alfred Pennyworth was patterned after the servant Bernardo in the Zorro series. Sir Anthony Hopkins appeared in The Mask of Zorro (1998), at one point pretending to be the servant Bernardo. Hopkins was later offered the role of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman Begins (2005), which he turned down.
Was set to have a cameo in Tim Burton's first Batman (1989) film, but had to back out due to poor health. He sketched the picture of the man-bat shown to Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl) that appears in the film.
In his later years, Kane was married to actress Elizabeth Sanders, who had minor roles in three Batman films: Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
Was inspired by Conrad Veidt in "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) to create Batman's nemesis, The Joker.
Worked as an animator before entering the comic book industry.
Was inspired to create Batman by the mystery film The Bat Whispers (1930).
Attended high school and was good friends with "The Spirit" creator Will Eisner.
Co-created with Bill Finger the Batman villains cat burglar Selina Kyle/Catwoman, umbrella loving Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/The Penguin, former District Attorney Harvey Dent/Two-Face, the master of fear Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow, shapeshifter Basil Karlo/Clayface, psychiatrist Dr. Hugo Strange and gangster Salvatore Vincent "The Boss" Maroni.
Co-created with Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson Batman's sidekick Dick Grayson/Robin, gangster Anthony "Tony" Zucco and Batman's most famous villain in his rogues gallery The Joker.
Co-created with Bill Finger the Batman allies of Police Commissioner James Gordon and photographer Vicki Vale as well as the concept of the Batmobile and Gotham City.
Co-created David Wood (uncredited) and Sheldon Moldoff (uncredited) the villain Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze.
Co-created (with Bill Finger and Gardner Fox), Bruce Wayne's mother Martha Wayne and co-created (with Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson and Gardner Fox), Bruce Wayne's father Dr. Thomas Wayne.
Co-created with Sheldon Moldoff, the character of Bette Kane (the original Batgirl).
Kane retired from DC Comics in 1966, choosing to focus on fine art.
His work is available to see in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and St. John's University in Jamaica, New York.
He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 21, 2015 (three days before what would have been his 100th birthday).
He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996.
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
Co-created with Don Cameron Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth, who in his first appearance was a fat bumbling oaf called Alfred Beagle. He later changed appearance to more closely resemble his live-action film counterpart in the Batman serial. His new appearance was drawn by Jerry Robinson and soon a new last name (Pennyworth) and re-write to his back-story and personality was written by Bill Finger .

Personal Quotes (4)

[on director Tim Burton]: Tim has a great vision. Unfortunately, he gets so involved with the characterization of the villains, and the scenic backgrounds, that at times he forgets about the storyline.
[on uncredited Batman co-creator Bill Finger] Now that my longtime friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. He was an unsung hero. I often tell my wife, if I could go back fifteen years, before he died, I would like to say "I'll put your name on it now. You deserve it.".
Bill Finger was a contributing force on Batman right from the beginning. He wrote most of the great stories and was influential in setting the style and genre other writers could emulate. I made Batman a superhero-vigilante when I first created him. Bill turned him into a scientific detective.
There were other Batman writers throughout the years but they could never capture the style and flavor of Bill's scripts. Bill Finger was the best writer in the business and it seemed that he was destined to write Batman.

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