Mr Flibble Talks To... Battling The Penguin
Batman creator Bob Kane passed away in 1998, leaving the world with perhaps its most famous comic book character. Before he died, Bob took some time out from a comic convention he was attending to discuss the creation of his winged vigilante, and his opinion on the Tim Burton movies, with the other penguin...
20 November, 2000
Bob Kane
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

Bob Kane was born Bob Kahn in New York on the 24th October 1915.

In the era when I started, there was an innovative industry called comic books, they just started about that time, and they were looking for neophyte cartoonists. So that gave us a break, you know. I was drawing fill-in cartoons for various new comic books [but] I wasn't doing too many superheroes at that time. I was at DC Comics, the same place I've been for 50 years or better, and they wanted another superhero. So I didn't want to emulate Superman, with super-powers, and I came up Bruce Wayne, who was a real person; thus came the origin of Batman.

"Being at the right place at the right time helps immensely. In everything."

Bob Kane died in Los Angeles on the 3rd November 1998 of natural causes.

The Batman continues to prowl the streets of Gotham.