Comic Book Legends Revealed #421
Welcome to the four hundred and twenty-first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and twenty. This week, did DC print a comic book story mocking Bill Finger a couple of years after his death? Did the Batman villain Firefly gain fire-based powers as a mistake? Finally, did Paramount approve the usage of Star Trek: The Animated Series characters for a new Star Trek series and then abruptly revoke approval…AFTER the characters had already been drawn into the book?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: DC Comics published a comic story mocking Bill Finger a couple of years after his death.
I’ve featured legends in the past about how Bill Finger, the co-creator of Batman, has not received his fair share of the credit for Batman’s creation. Greg Hatcher recently wrote a strong column about this inequity, as well.
As poorly as Bill Finger’s legacy was treated over the years, it did not prepare me for what I saw in Amazing World of DC Comics #10.
Amazing World of DC Comics was essentially a DC fanize, only produced BY DC Comics itself. It was very much like what FOOM and then Marvel Age were for Marvel. A magazine for fans that had a list of all the upcoming DC comics plus a series of behind-the-scenes spotlights on various aspects of DC Comics plus some pin-ups and unused comic book stories.
In the very first issue in 1974, the magazine paid tribute to the recently deceased Bill Finger…
That was likely the most credit Finger had ever been officially given for Batman’s creation, so it is a pretty noteworthy tribute.
However, two years later, in 1976’s #10, they printed a story that seems like it must have been intended for inclusion in DC’s horror anthology, House of Mystery or its humor anthology, Plop, but not used. If I were to guess, I would wager that the reason it was not used in House of Mystery or Plop is the same reason it is strange that DC printed it at ALL. It was an entire story mocking the late Bill Finger!
Check it out…
Then there were then two pages of Finger faking outlandish scenarios to explain why his story is late and then a depiction of an over-the-top adventure to explain why Finger was late on some other stories and then, it gets REALLY weird…
While I would have to imagine/hope that Reed (the pen name for David Levine) intended the story as a good-natured ribbing of an old friend and colleague, it sure did not come out that way. At least DC didn’t publish the story in the pages of House of Mystery!
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On the next page, did the Batman villain Firefly become a fire-based villain by mistake?