DC didn’t know when Bob Kane stopped drawing Batman comics together

in the last Comic book legends revealedFind out if DC already knows that Bob Kane stopped drawing the Batman comic books period by the 1960s

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Comic legend:

DC learned that Bob Kane had stopped drawing Batman comic books together by the 1960s.

the condition:

I go with False

When it comes to the story of Bob Kane and his ghost artists in Batman, there is a very important influence to consider. Kane, like all the original creators of the Golden Age of comic books (men like Jerry Siegel, Joe Schuster, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner) grew up reading comics, and as children, comics were king (there were also Golden Age creators who They drew most of their influences from pulp novels as well, such as Bill Finger, Otto Bender, Gardner Fox, etc. Writers tend to be more pulp-influenced than artists). So Dream comic book artists in the early golden age had to make comedies.


Comics had a certain factory character for them. For example, while we sometimes fumble at the idea of ​​using a “ghost artist” to paint a comic book (i.e. another artist doing work under your name), that was COMMONPLACE in the world of comics. Artists who didn’t use ghosts often had bigger deals than those who did. To this day, there are a number of comics that are not signed by their current artist, but signed by the original artist of the strip (this is actually not very common nowadays, as readers of the comics mainly get the idea that the guys who drew the strips in the 1920s The last century may still paint it today, but during the 1970s it was still very popular to keep this fantasy alive). Therefore, the idea of ​​ghost artists was just second nature to guys like Bob Kane and Joe Schuster, and others.


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Kane, of course, was also notorious for doing as little original art as possible (either because he felt it was faster to copy or if he felt he wasn’t good enough without it), and his early Batman stories are full of paintings copied directly from other artists. However, this was also fairly common at the time. Unless you’re Hal Foster or Alex Raymond, you’ve frequently imitated Hal Foster and Alex Raymond.

Anyway, Kane legitimately drew early Batman tapes, and would only have worked with the great Jerry Robinson and George Roussos, with Roussos drawing the backgrounds and coloring the feature, and Robinson inking Kane (and for all I know, Kane would have been doing the fewest pencils). Eventually, as the demand for Batman content increased, other artists began drawing comics under Kane’s signature. Kane eventually moved out of the comics entirely to do the Batman comic strip, which, again, would be the pinnacle for someone like Kane. When this tape ended, Kane was at a loss. He didn’t really want to go back to the comic books, but what else could he do?


Around 1947-1948, he made a deal with artist Lou Schwartz, in which Kane would paint the Batman and Robin characters in each issue, while Schwartz would draw the rest of the comics, and Schwartz would then sign the whole thing, but he would. It is presented to DC as being made by Kane, since Kane had a deal with DC where he would make X number of pages per month. Eventually, Schwartz was replaced by Sheldon Moldov in 1953, at which point Kane stopped doing any artwork. Moldovans, amusingly, also worked for DC, and would sometimes be hired to sign pencils for “Kane,” which he drew, of course.


However, the question becomes “Does Kane not draw comics anymore?”

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Moldovans thought they didn’t, but it’s clearly a tough question. A number of DC employees claimed they knew for sure, while some said they didn’t know at all. Mark Evaner asked DC editor George Cashdan about it, and I think this was the best of the whole thing, “Nobody thought Kane did all of that or even most of it. But Kane had this contract and it was easier to do” Don’t ask, no She tells, ‘As long as the pages came on time, which they almost always do, nobody cared. I guess we figured Shelley was doing some of it and we weren’t shocked to hear he was doing all that.’

This, to me, sounds like the truth of the matter. DC editors clearly felt that Kane was using assistants to do most of the work, but it was rare for an artist not to be as involved in the work as Kane did by the end of the 1950s, so I think the fact that Kane wasn’t still drawing comics in ALL is a surprise to DC, even Julius Schwartz, who took over as Batman’s editor in 1964 and made Kane’s life troublesome enough that Kane ultimatley “retired,” questioned Kane’s skills as an artist, but still believed Kane had some involvement in art. But this is a somewhat entertaining story for another day!


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