In The Streranko History of Comics, Bill Finger shed some light on the development of Batman's sidekick: "Robin was an outgrowth of a conversation I had with Bob. As I said, Batman was a combination of Douglas Fairbanks and Sherlock Holmes. Holmes had his Watson. The thing that bothered me was that Batman didn't have anyone to talk to, and it got a little tiresome always having him thinking. I found that as I went along Batman needed a Watson to talk to. That's how Robin came to be. Bob called me over and said he was going to put a boy in the strip to identify with Batman. I thought it was a great idea". Finger wrote Robin's origin story. An essential force in the foundation of the DC universe, Finger also co-created the Joker and the Green Lantern characters. Artist Ty Templeton recently lobbied Google to celebrate this centennial and he shared the graphic observation below of a Batman without Finger. Learn more: Bill Finger: The Boy Wonder by Ty Templeton and Marc Tyler Nobleman, Batman: Complete History by Les Daniels and Chip Kidd,Batman and Me by Bob Kane. Commissioner Gordon design above by Shane Glines from Beware the Batman. See our interview with Glines here.
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