(1915-1998) US Comic-book artist renowned as co-creator, with writer Bill Finger, of Batman. BK joined the Eisner-Eiger comic-book workshop in 1937, drawing gag cartoons and a comedy adventure strip called Peter Pupp. His first work published by National (later DC Comics) included the two-page filler "Oscar the Gumshoe" for Detective Comics and the Milton Caniff-influenced "Rusty and his Pals", written by Finger, for Adventure Comics. The remainder of his professional life, however, was associated with Batman, including consultancy on the film Batman (1989) directed by Tim Burton, and its sequels (see Batman Movies). [RT]
Further reading: Batman & Me (1989; exp 1996) by BK and Tom Andrae.