Steve Gerber, Don Rosa receive 2013 Bill Finger Award

Don Rosa and the late Steve Gerber have been named the recipients of the 2013 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing, Comic-Con International announced. The award is named in honor of the uncredited co-creator of Batman/

Gerber, who passed away in 2008 at age 60, was the influential writer of such Marvel comics as The Defenders, Daredevil and Man-Thing who co-created Howard the Duck and Omega the Unknown. He also created the animated series Thundarr the Barbarian and worked on such properties as The Transformers, G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons.

Long fascinated by the classic Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck stories of Carl Barks, Rosa made his Duckburg debut at Gladstone in 1987 with the Harvey Award-nominated The Son of the Sun. He moved on to work the DuckTales magazine and the Tailspin series before returning to Disney comics at Danish publisher Egmont. Rosa, who retired in 2008, won an Eisner Award in 1995 for his serialized story "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck."

"Steve Gerber was one of the most influential writers of his day, and his work has stood the rest of time," Mark Evanier, the selection committee chairman, said in a statement. "Don Rosa is now retired from producing his acclaimed work with Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge.  He also drew the comics, but we honor him for the excellence of his stories, which will forever be reprinted around the world. Also, we liked the idea of having an 'all-duck' Finger ceremony."

The awards will be presented July 19 at Comic-Con International during the Eisner ceremony.

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