Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn, October 24, 1915– November 3, 1998) was an American comic book artist and writer credited as the creator of the DC comics superhero Batman
In early 1939, DC's success with the seminal superhero Superman in action comics prompted editors to scramble for more such heroes. In response, Bob Kane conceived "the Bat-Man". Kane said his influences for the character included actor Douglas Fairbanks movie portrayal of the swashbuckler Zorro , Leonardo Da Vinci's diagram of the ornithopter , a flying machine with huge bat-like wings; and the 1930 film The Bat Wishpers , based on Mary Rinehart`s mystery novel The Circular Staircase. Bill Finger joined Bob Kane's nascent studio in 1938. An aspiring writer and part-time shoe salesperson, he had met Kane at a party, and Kane later offered him a job ghost writing the strips Rusty and Clip Carson. He recalled that Kane“had an idea for a character called 'Batman', and he'd like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane's, and he had drawn a character who looked very much like Superman with kind of ... tights, I believe, with boots ... no gloves, no gauntlets ... with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings that were sticking out, looking like bat wings. And under it was a big sign ... BATMAN.
Kane would illustrate 'Batman' until the mid-1940s, and although his name appeared on the strip until 1964, the work was done mostly by other artists, initially Robinson, and later also Stan Kaye , Sheldon Moldoff , Dick Sprang , Jack Burnley , and Carmine infantino . As Batman evolved, a brooding, threatening quality was sustained in its predominantly black, night-time panels. The feature's quick success had led to several comic books, a newspaper strip version and two movie serials long before the campy TV version of the 1960s. 'Batman' has additionally appeared on virtually every form of merchandising known.