Monday, August 27, 2012

PR: My new book - Batman's biggest secret is...

...not Bruce Wayne.

Fast and fascinating. A must-have."

After six years of work, 34 rejections, multiple rumors debunked, and several new mysteries uncovered, my nonfiction picture book for older readers, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, is out.



Unprecedented in both subject and format, it tells the startling story of Bill Finger.


Bill Who?


Bill who...


...designed Batman's now-iconic costume.

...wrote the first Batman story.

...wrote many of the best Batman stories of his first 25 years, including his groundbreaking (and heartbreaking) origin.

...was the original writer of Robin, the Joker, and Catwoman.

...named Gotham City, the Batmobile, and Batman's secret identity, Bruce Wayne.

...nicknamed Batman "the Dark Knight."


But Bill who...


...was barely credited as a Batman writerand never as co-creatorin his lifetime. He is not even in the credits of either film (The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) named for the nickname he coined.




Because cartoonist Bob Kane, Bill's onetime partner, took all the credit. In 1974, Bill died alone and poor. No obit. No funeral. No gravestone.


No kidding.


You do not have to be a Batman fan or even a superhero fan to find something worthwhile in this book. It contains the first "new" photos of Bill in decades and significant never-published info...including a bombshell with the potential to make pop culture history. Announcing it at Comic-Con International caused the crowd to erupt into applause.



My TED talk about Bill Finger and the tragedy of creators' rights

My interview on NPR's All Things Considered

"Purposefully and meaningfully (and beautifully) written."

—Michael Uslan, executive producer of The Dark Knight Rises and every previous Batman movie since 1989 (unsolicited email)
"Fiendishly clever."
—MTV Geek
Washington Post
"Buy this book; it's a great read."
—WIRED GeekDad

"Unique…eye-catching...engagingly told…complex and thorough…will be a hit."
—School Library Journal
"Seriously memorable...lush, emotive brushwork...[the book] will make the lasting impression [Bill Finger] deserves."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Bold...dynamic...a fitting tribute."

"Eye-opening and quietly tragic."
—Connect the Pop on School Library Journal
"Fast and fascinating. A must-have."
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Last word:


Thanks for reading to the end!

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested; of course spreading the word via Facebook, tweet, blog, Amazon/Good Reads review, interpretive sidewalk dance, or any other method, digital or otherwise, is deeply appreciated.

Justice has no expiration date.



Marc Tyler Nobleman
Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, the book trailer (warning: contains tights)

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