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classic Batman origin issue; Catwoman app. (6-7/48)
classic Batman origin issue; Catwoman app. (6-7/48)Just as Superman's origin was gussied up for the new, post-WWII era of heroic action, so too did DC add drama and color to the Batman's already iconic origin tale. Previously, all that was known of the Caped Crusader's beginnings came from the crude but affecting one-page debut tale in seen in Batman #1, leaving the door wide open for Batman co-creator Bill Finger to expand upon the hero's dark origins and spin a new tale of revenge. Re-encountering Joe Chill, the boxer-faced thug who murdered his parents, the Dark Knight reveals his secret Bruce Wayne identity to the aging gunman in a startling and still-effective scene that is rightly legendary, and proves that maligned Bat-Daddy Bob Kane could still turn out surprisingly solid work given the right impetus. An instant classic, capped with a cover as revered as any from the first year of Bat-appearances in Detective, this is a major, badly underappreciated key, made even more collectible due to the lower print runs of post-WWII comics and the surprisingly low number of surviving copies in acceptable condition. One of the most important comics published in the late Golden Age, and one of the top five Bat-keys of all time.
A celebrity comic artist of the Golden Age, co-created Batman and Robin with Bill Finger, as his brainchild became more in demand he hired an army of ghost artists to illustrate the dearth of Batman features on the market, but all were credited to Kane. His other achievements include the creation of Catwoman, Two-Face and cartoon character Courageous Cat. Kane was the object of some controversy for taking credit for the art and inspiration of others, but he was also undoubtedly an important figure in the history of comics. He published an updated version of his autobiography "Batman and Me: The Saga Continues" shortly before his death in 1998. He got his start at the Eisner/Iger studio and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.