Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dark as his shadow

This kind of thing fascinates me:

First, Marc Tyler Nobleman -- whose book on Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Boys of Steel, has just been published -- notes a significant, but totally expected and unsurprising, omission from the credits of a recent superhero movie, leading him to wonder about the origin of the phrase "the Dark Knight" before it appeared in Detective Comics #40 in a story written by Bill Finger in 1940.

Then, doing the literary legwork, J.L. Bell traces the coinage back to Irish gothic novelist Charles Robert Maturin in 1816.

What, you didn't think Frank Miller invented it, did you?

Found here. Both blogs are really excellent in general and, it should go without saying, well worth reading.


  1. Good stuff indeed, but unfortunately I also saw a someone post a reply on the first blog that acknowledged Finger's contributions but ultimately concludes "tough luck for him" and "they were paid well."

    Stuff like that always gets my blood boiling.

  2. Yes, especially since Finger was NOT paid well. (Siegel and Shuster were, for a time.) Worse, he was not TREATED well.


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