Bob Kane, 83, creator of "Batman" who watched the comic...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

November 06, 1998

Bob Kane, 83, creator of "Batman" who watched the comic book character become an American icon, collapsed at his Los Angeles home Tuesday and was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his attorney, Jim Leonard, said yesterday. The cause of death was unknown.

He created Batman for DC Comics in a single weekend in 1939. His hero is Bruce Wayne, a rich man who lacked the powers of Superman, relying instead on strength, agility, high-tech equipment and a fearsome bat mask and cowl to terrorize criminals.

Batman began as a figure of vengeance, did a buffoonish turn in the kitschy 1960s TV series, turned grim again in an adult graphic novel in the 1980s and became the star of a new series of multimillion-dollar movies.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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