UPDATE 6/19/14 5:00 PM PT: CBR News has confirmed with DC Comics and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that the nomination for Bob Kane to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was initiated by Kane’s widow, Elizabeth Kane, with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment helping in the process. As stated in the original version of this article, to receive a star on the Walk of Fame, an individual must be nominated, approved by a selection committee, and pay a fee of $30,000; usually paid by an outside sponsoring party.
Additionally, DC Comics has published a short blog post on the news, that while crediting Kane as the sole Batman creator, does mention “frequent collaborator” Bill Finger as scripting the character’s first appearance in 1939’s “Detective Comics” #27.
Since his first appearance in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27 – conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story – Kane’s Batman has gone on to become the star of comic books, Saturday afternoon cartoons, newspaper comic strips, radio shows, a live-action TV series, animated films, video games and several of the largest-grossing theatrical releases of all time. In short, Kane’s Batman is the most popular single superhero ever created.
UPDATE 6/19/14 4:00 PM PT: CBR News reached out to Marc Tyler Nobleman — who wrote “Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman,” a picture book biography intended to raise awareness of Bill Finger’s work in creating Batman — for a comment on Bob Kane receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“‘The Dark Knight’ — the title of which is a nickname coined by Bill Finger, the main villain of which debuted in a story written by Bill Finger, the legacy of which is that it is one of the highest-grossing and most critically praised films of all time — has many hundreds of names in its credits, but none are Bill Finger. None of those people would have had that job if not for Bill Finger. This Walk of Fame star is yet another instance of Kane receiving recognition I don’t feel he deserves… unless Finger gets the same.”
Original Story, published 11:56 a.m., June 19, 2014: According to Variety, Batman co-creator Bob Kane is among the 30 honorees selected to receive a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015. Kane, who died in 1998 and is credited by DC Comics and Warner Bros. as the sole creator of Batman, will receive one of two posthumous stars on the Walk of Fame — the other will go to screenwriter and novelist Raymond Chandler.
Kane isn’t the only comic book personality to receive a star on the Walk of Fame. Stan Lee received a star in 2011, shortly after his 88th birthday.
According to Mental Floss, in order to receive a Walk of Fame star, an individual must be nominated and an application sent in to the selection committee. While an application is only good for two attempts, it is possible for celebrities to reapply as many times as desired. Popularity, tourism draw, charitable contributions and awards are all criteria for selection — though the fee to actually get a star is $30,000. That fee is usually sponsored by an outside party — fan clubs, studios or other companies with a vested interest in a celebrity’s continued success.
Although Variety credits Kane as the “creator of Batman,” longtime comic book readers and scholars dispute this claim. Many of the key aspects of the Batman character — including the Batmobile, the Batcave, Gotham City, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner Gordon and the actual Batman costume — were contributed by writer Bill Finger, who was characterized by biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman as “the dominant creative force” behind Batman. Finger’s lack of official credit on Batman material has long been a point of contention for fans and creators, and it’s unlikely that Kane’s receipt of a Walk of Fame star will do much to quell matters. [Albert Ching also contributed to this report.]