Biography of a Great Comic Artist

Batman Kane.jpgBob Kane was born in New York City on October 224 1916. At the age of 15, he joined a drawing contest where the main task was to copy characters from the Strip Just Kids by Gene Byrne and he won a second prize which was the Just Kids Original. Kane attended the commercial art studio and trained for some months where he later went to Cooper Union and then to Art Students League with other holder of Local New York artists of the time.


He ventured into comics as a staff artist for the Eisner-Iger shop in the middle thirties, with his first published work amazing many. For the studio, he drew Hiram Hick, Peter Pupp, Bobby, Pluto, and other people staying at the fiction house until 1939.


In 1938, Kane sought work at DC comics when superman was just appearing and making big smash and he was able o draw several adventures written by Bill Finger.


His collaboration with Finger led to the creation of Batman in 1939. He would illustrate the feature for only a short while since his art was not very adequate enough and when he saw other artists like Sheldon Moldoff and Jack Burnley almost exclusively drawing the batman stories, he strived on honing his skills and before long he was as perfect as any other comic artist.

Later, Kane was smartly advised by a relative who was a lawyer that after he sold the first Batman story to DC that appeared in detective comics he should insist on owning a copyrighted interest in Batman. He reaped a huge salary throughout the years from his advice.


In the fifties joined Hollywood and created a cartoon character and from this, The Courageous Cat TV show was developed. He was again asked to come to Hollywood and help in the development of the upcoming Batman TV show in 1965 which was a huge success leading to his relocation to the sunny mecca by seventies. He also created a comic known as Cool McCool in 1969.


In the late sixties, he started to exhibit paintings in the gallery on both coasts. He released several print sets in the seventies and later led a life away from comics.


Bob Kane, as a comic artist contributed to the tremendous explosion and popularity of costumed heroes from the time he created Batman. His character has appeared in almost every country on earth in print, TV, Films, Coloring books, Toys, and almost every other form of known merchandizing. Batman popularity which was immediate when he first appeared in 1939 has continued to grow for over six decades and dark knight has been drawn by hundreds of comic artists today.


Bob Kane passed away on November 3 1998 after a long illness. However, even if he is gone, his legacy still lives since his artwork exists and is still adored by many.

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