Writer and comic book artist who collaborated with Bill Finger on the creation of the DC Comics "Batman" series. He was inspired by actor Douglas Fairbanks' version of Zorro and the film, "The Bat Whispers," from 1930.
He was hired by the Max Fleischer Studio in 1934 as a trainee animator. He was hired as a freelancer for the Jerry Iger comic book, 'Wow, What a Magazine!,' in 1936.
He was born Robert Kahn to parents, Augusta and Herman Kahn; he legally changed his name at age 18. He was married to Elizabeth Sanders up until his death; they had a daughter named Deborah.
His idea for Batman's batsuit was first inspired by the futuristic drawings of flying machines by Leonardo da Vinci.