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Bill the Boy Wonder the Secret Co-Creator of Batman

Birth Of the Dark Night

review by VJ Miller, Sr.
Story: Marc Tyler Nobleman – Illustration by Ty Templeton

Secret Identity #1

The cover of the book about Bill finger and his co-creating of BatmanBill the Boy Wonder was born in an era when Jews had difficulty landing a job, Milton Finger created his first secret identity. Because his name, Milton was a typical ethnic one that sounded too Jewish therefore he became, Bill Finger.

His parents pressured him to become a doctor but Bill wanted to be an artist and a writer. Bill loved literature and he shared some of his ideas with Bob Kane a cartoonist he met at a party. Bob was so taken with Bill’s writing  style he wanted an adventure story to illustrate; a collaboration was born.

The Dark Knight, New Hero In Town

Superman had been introduced the previous year and took off. Vin Sullivan an editor for what would become DC told Bob he wanted another superhero sensation. Because he knew he’d need help he went to Bill’s apartment to show him his sketches for the Bat-Man. Bill felt the red  costume Bob had rendered was too cheery and suggested it be darker and more menacing even though he was a good guy. He should be different from Superman and suggested he be human and could be injured. Bob agreed Continue reading Bill the Boy Wonder the Secret Co-Creator of Batman

Rod and his family, Jody, Anne and wife, Carol and Michael.

As I Knew Him–My Dad, Rod Serling

Written by his Daughter, Anne Serling

review by VJ Miller, Sr.

Cover of book, As I Knew Him--My Dad, Rod Serling, by Anne SerlingAs I Knew Him is not the biography of a man, rather, it is a Daughters vivid memories of a beloved Father. But for a fateful intervention during WWII in the South Pacific: the man would have ceased to exist, the daughter would not exist, this book would not exist, and the Twilight Zone would never have been.

As I Knew Him–My Dad, Rod Serling was published in 2013 but only came to my attention in the past few months. An oversight I regret because it delayed my learning so much.


“You’re traveling through a dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead—your next stop, The Twilight Zone.”

–Rod Serling

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