Bob Kane is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For once, I’m not filled with ambivalence. I’m actually pretty happy about it.
I understand that Kane screwed over the very shy Bill Finger out of a lot of fame and fortune. That’s business, and bad things happen in business. Bad things still happen in business. In business, you generally have to look out for yourself and/or your company, and it is incumbent on the other person to look out for themselves. Contracts aren’t meant to be “fair.” They’re meant to be of the greatest good to the person who wrote it. Kane got himself a good contract. He’s been reaping the rewards of that contract ever since.
This is just another aspect of it. And I personally feel it’s deserving.
How many other comic book creators have a star, basically just for being a comic book creator? Stan Lee. When I heard of his nomination last year, I was pretty happy about it. I’m even happier now that it’s going to happen. This is a win for comics. We’ve been driving pop culture for decades, and it’s only gotten more obvious in the last few years how important we are and how much entertainment leans on us. Hopefully, this opens the door for other creators to get a star.
Of course, I have some picks. Will Eisner for The Spirit. Frank Miller for the same, or Sin City, or 300. Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Captain America. Seigel and Shuster for Superman. William Marsten for Wonder Woman. And that’s just the more well known characters who have appeared on television or the movies and their creators. That doesn’t say anything about the more obscure characters and their creators such as The Phantom, the Shadow, Captain Marvel/Shazam, Blue Beetle, and more. (Of course, there’s Alan Moore for a number of things that he probably doesn’t want to be recognized for.)
Comics are getting great nods as we branch out into more areas. The characters are all getting their day in the sun. It’s time for the creators to get theirs, too. While I absolutely love Stan Lee, does he deserve to be the only true comic book celebrity?