Camera-ready comic art drawing for Batman

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Batman comic strip shows a man dying and requesting that Batman deliver a message, in the form of a poem, to a girl he once held prisoner. When Batman and Robin question his sanity, the man says he hates everything about Batman.
Robert Kahn, regularly using the pseudonym Bob Kane (1915-1998), started work as a comic artist at the Eisner and Iger Studio in New York City. In 1938 he began working for publishers Action Comics and DC Comics. In 1938 Kane teamed up with Bill Finger to create Batman. Kane drew the Batman strip and Batman comic books until the mid-1940s. In the 1960s he assisted with the television show Courageous Cat and consulted on various Batman adaptations.
Batman (1943-1946, 1966-1974, 1989-1991) started its comic strip run, originally under the name Batman and Robin, a few years after its debut in comic books. The strip had three separate runs in American newspapers. The first was drawn and written by Bob Kane, and others. The second drew inspiration from the Batman television show. It was credited to Kane, but was actually created by a team of other artists. The third run was drawn by Carmine Infantino and published for two years.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
graphic artist
Kane, Bob
D. C. Comics, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall color)
overall: 18.3 cm x 58.5 cm; 7 7/32 in x 23 1/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Joseph Gura, Jr. (through Carl Sandberg IV)

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