Robert Kahn was born in New York City October 24, 1915. After he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School at age 18 he legally changed his name – which hinted at his Eastern European Jewish descent – to "Bob Kane" and went on to study art at Cooper Union. His first job in 1934 was with the Max Fleischer Studio as a trainee animator. In 36 he started freelancing for Jerry Iger's comic book "Wow, What A Magazine!" contributing his first pencil and ink work on the serial "Hiram Hick". He soon moved on to Eisner & Iger. In the late 1930s the era of superheroes began. DC's "Superman" turned up in Action Comics and his success triggered the wish for more superheroes of his kind. When Bob Kane conceived "the Bat-Man" he soon changed his first concept of a very Superman-like hero due to co-creator Bill Finger's advice. Among other things a gray-and-black color scheme substituted the colorful first desings and the costume underwent drastic changes, too. Finger not only provided Batman's civil name "Bruce Wayne", he also wrote the first Batman story, while Kane was responsible for artwork. The character turned out to be a great mixture of "superhero-vigilante" and "scientific detective". After his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) Batman became a breakout hit right away. He soon was to get a sidekick "Robin" as well a his most famous archnemesis "The Joker". In 1943, Kane left the Batman comics and started penciling the daily Batman newspaper comic strip. Despite the fact that his career as a comic book artist faded in the 1960s, he is still among the most important artists who made DC Comics what they are today. In 1989 and 1996, Kane published two autobiographical volumes called "Batman and Me". He also worked as a consultant on the Batman film and its two subsequent sequels with directors Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher. He passed away on November 3, 1998.