The late Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman – and the one who many believe came up with most of what makes Batman what he is – will be honoured with a street renaming in New York City in December.
A street sign designating ‘Bill Finger Way’ (which was probably the safest bet – after all, something like ‘Finger Street’ would only cause problems) will be unveiled in the Bronx at East 192nd Street and the Grand Concourse, the northeast corner adjacent to Poe Park, according to Finger biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman.
Why here, you ask?
It was on a park bench in Poe Park – named for Edgar Allan Poe – where Bob Kane and Finger first conceptualised Batman.
Finger’s granddaughter Athena, Nobleman, and a local city councilman will speak. New York routinely honours famous residents in this way, but this may be the first time that it has happened with a comicbook creator.