The Case of the Chemical Syndicate

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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2 Responses

  1. Phillip Ginder says:

    Fantastic! A great bit of detective work. I remember reading Bob Kane's "Batman & Me" back in '89 or '90, but I imagine it'd read a little differently now.

  2. Michael Powers says:

    This is a fantastic article. Of course, Kane always admitted that much of Batman was based on Zorro (the cave, etc.) and that the Joker was based on "The Man Who Laughs" (a silent film featuring an actress who looks exactly like Madonna–you have to see it to believe it). Given the circumstances, Kane was probably afraid to even mention the Shadow. This Shadow business seems to be practically outright plagiarism: it's a bit disturbing but perhaps fitting for a man whose name was contractually affixed to Batman comics he took no hand in for decades. Kane must have had one hell of a lawyer to get the credit/money deal he did out of an outfit like DC.