It’s no secret to comics fans, but Batman co-creator Bill Finger has gone too long without getting the proper recognition he deserves. He played a huge role in forming one of the most enduring fictional characters of the past century, after all. Long absent from credits pages thanks to some legal shenanigans, Finger’s name was legally not allowed to sit alongside co-creator Bob Kane’s until just a few years ago. Finger, who also created characters such as Robin, Green Lantern, and the Penguin, made a mark on the industry that is thankfully becoming more and more widely known, and the long and heartbreaking story is detailed in the excellent Batman and Bill documentary.
In a bit of nice, poetic irony, a street in the Bronx was renamed for Finger in a ceremony earlier today. It’s long been reported that Finger died poor and in obscurity, so having an entire street rechristened in your honor is a nice tribute indeed. The street is near Poe Park and is now called Bill Finger Way, which is where Kane and Finger would meet to discuss Batman.
There was a fairly active celebration on social media during the unveiling, and long-time Batman voice Kevin Conroy was even on site to witness the event.
With Mark Tyler Nobleman at the unveiling of 'Bill Finger Way' in The Bronx this morning. Congrats to Mark for bringing this long over-due recognition to Batman co-creator! pic.twitter.com/rEKWxfooVm
— Kevin Conroy (@RealKevinConroy) December 8, 2017