Tom King is currently wrapping up his 85-issue run on Batman. A run which is arguably one of the longest of any full-time writer on the book. As he transitions to his work on the New Gods film and new, limited-series Batman/Catwoman, the writer has made some interesting comments on twitter in relation to other legendary creatives to work on The Dark Knight.
King was responding to a tweet from TNT which was celebrating all things Batman with its Batweek hashtag. In his response he put forward the idea that writers and artists such as Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Steve Englehart and others should be credited as co-creators of the character.
O’Neil/Adams, Englehart/Rogers, and Frank Miller should be credited as creators of Batman. At this point their contributions to who “Batman” is equal and maybe surpass Kane/Finger. https://t.co/CBfObRFyDA— Tom King (@TomKingTK) November 30, 2019
His words raise an interesting point in the industry. Though Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the character, one could argue that the names above (and plenty of others) have all contributed to the huge success of the character.
From the length of the ears on his cowl, to the colours of his costume each new artist and each new writer brings something to the table which could go on to have a lasting impact on his legacy.
Do you agree with Tom’s words? Who would be on your list of creatives to add to the Batman legacy?