Comics A.M. | Author’s crusade to get Bill Finger credit

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Comics A.M. | Author’s crusade to get Bill Finger credit

Creators | Author Marc Tyler Nobleman tells Michael Cavna about his crusade to gain recognition for Bill Finger as one of the co-creators of Batman — including a push to have Google honor him with a Google Doodle on his birthday: “As it currently stands, even the mighty Christopher Nolan could not legally credit Bill as co-creator. However, prior to The Dark Knight, I asked DC if they could use non-subjective language to acknowledge Bill. I proposed: ‘Batman was first called “the Dark Knight” in Batman #1, in 1940, in a story written by Bill Finger.’ DC publications already regularly credit Bill for that story, and the movie’s title doesn’t even include the word ‘Batman’ — it is wholly a phrase coined by Bill Finger. Alas, they said no.” [Comic Riffs]

Passings | Tulsa, Oklahoma, cartoonist Larry Pendleton, who created the syndicated single-panel cartoon Graphic Nature, has died at the age of 59. [Tulsa World]

Creators | Brian Truitt interviews Robert Venditti — he’s writing X-O Manowar for Valiant and Green Lantern for DC Comics, and is about to step in as writer of The Flash — about reading comics, writing superheroes and taking on his new gig: “You have something like Green Lantern that has a very large mythology that surrounds that character. The Flash is somebody who’s much more grounded. He’s a guy who runs fast and calls himself the Flash. There’s something that’s really attractive about that.” [USA Today]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to writer Ron Marz (The Silver Surfer, Green Lantern, Witchblade) about his new comic, The Mucker. [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Artist Chris Burnham discusses his work on Batman Incorporated and the upcoming creator-owned title with Grant Morrison, Nameless. [Flickering Myth]

Creators | Artist Bob Kain, who created the character Chirp for the children’s magazine Owl and has illustrated kids’ comics for the Toronto Star, talks about his life as a freelance artist and animator. [The Barrie Examiner]

Creators | The Comics Journal unearths a 1993 Gary Groth interview with artist Ed Sorel. [The Comics Journal]

Commentary | Jed Alexander argues that Archie comics are important and deserve more attention from comics fans, pointing out that the digests outsell a lot of single-issue comics and that because they are widely available, they draw in casual readers as opposed to the serious fans who frequent comics shops. He makes some interesting points, but I’m deducting half a point because he doesn’t seem to know that Shonen Jump is no longer available as a print magazine. [Jed Alexander]

Awards | The nominees for this year’s Manga Taisho Awards have been announced, and three of the 10 selections are available in English: A Bride’s Story, The Seven Deadly Sins and One-Punch Man. [Anime News Network]

Comics | Runa Mukherjee Parikh reports on “grassroots comics” created by young people in the Mirzapur area of India to tell stories they cannot otherwise express. [Times of India]