Marc Tyler Nobleman

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BornHartford, Connecticut
  • Writer
  • Speaker
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationBrandeis University
Years active1996 to present

Marc Tyler Nobleman is an American author and speaker. He is prominently featured in the Hulu documentary Batman & Bill, based on his book Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.


Nobleman was born to a Jewish family. He spent his early childhood in Avon, Connecticut, then moved to Cheshire, Connecticut. His first published writing was a Mother’s Day poem in The Cheshire Herald when he was nine.[1] In high school, he was a member of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) and held two regional board positions. [2] He was graduated from Cheshire High School[3] and Brandeis University.[4] He lives with his family in Maryland.[5]


Nobleman is the author of numerous nonfiction and fiction books for young readers. His publishers include Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His first title, The Felix Activity Book, based on characters created in Germany by author Annette Langen[6] and illustrator Constanza Droop, was published in 1996. Nobleman’s other writing credits include a reference book for adults (What’s the Difference?: How to Tell Things Apart That Are Confusingly Close), humor articles for Nickelodeon Magazine,[7] and an episode of the TV show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.[8] He is also a cartoonist whose single-panel gag cartoons have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Punch,[9] and the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.[10] Nobleman has spoken worldwide[11] at schools, conferences, and other venues including the U.S. State Department,[12] the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship,[13] and the 92nd Street Y.[14] He has given a TED Talk[15] and a Google Talk.[16]

Effort for Batman co-creator Bill Finger

In 2006,[17] Nobleman began researching for a nonfiction picture book on Bill Finger, the co-creator and original writer of Batman, who debuted in 1939. DC Comics did not include Finger’s name in the Batman credit line during Finger’s lifetime[18]; the character was attributed solely to cartoonist Bob Kane. Finger died in 1974. In 2008, at which time Finger was still not officially credited and Nobleman had not yet found a publisher for his Finger manuscript,[19] Nobleman started advocating for Finger’s name to be added to the Batman credit line. This effort began on Nobleman’s blog[20] (eventually surpassing 300 posts on Finger) and social media. It later expanded to podcasts including Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman,[21] speaking engagements, and other live events including the Paley Center for Media panel in celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary.[22] After the manuscript received 34 rejections,[4] Charlesbridge published Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman in 2012. Illustrated by Ty Templeton, it was the first published biography of Finger.[23] Nobleman rallied the public to lobby for a Google Doodle to commemorate Finger’s 100th birthday in 2014. Though a substantial number of comic book fans, celebrities,[24] and media heeded the call,[25] the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful.[26] In 2015, DC Entertainment announced that the company would begin crediting Finger alongside Kane in movies including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and TV shows including Gotham.[27] The updated credit also appears in Batman-related comic books, graphic novels, and other print publications. It reads “Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.”[28] Prior to this, DC had added creator names to characters who were originally uncredited.[29] This was the first time DC amended an existing credit.[30] In 2017, Hulu released Batman & Bill, a documentary based on Bill the Boy Wonder and Nobleman’s additional research. The first documentary based on a nonfiction picture book and Hulu’s first original documentary, it chronicles Nobleman’s nine-year campaign to get Finger’s name added to the official Batman credit line. The film has also aired in countries including Spain, France, Australia, and New Zealand.[31] It has been called “Citizen Kane with a twist”[32] and “probably the most important comic book movie ever made.”[33] Later that year, as a result of a proposal Nobleman submitted[34] to the office of Ritchie Torres, then a New York City Councilmember, the Bronx renamed a portion of East 192nd Street “Bill Finger Way.”[28] Though New York City was the birthplace and for decades the center of American superhero comic book publishing,[35][36] this was the first time New York honored a superhero creator with a street renaming.[37] Nobleman spoke at the sign unveiling ceremony, which drew supporters from as far as Utah.[38][39]

Selected books

  • Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (2008), illustrated by Ross MacDonald
  • Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (2012), illustrated by Ty Templeton
  • Brave Like My Brother (2016)
  • The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (2017), illustrated by Ana Aranda
  • Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real (2018), illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
  • Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story (2018), illustrated by Melissa Iwai

Selected honors

  • Orbis Pictus Honor—Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story (2019)[40]
  • American Library Association Notable—Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (2008)[41]


  1. "My earliest published work". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  2. "Back to BBYO". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  3. "Cheshire native's book inspired Batman documentary". 'Record-Journal' (Connecticut). Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Class Note: Class of 1994". Brandeis Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  5. "How a Bethesda Author Uncovered Batman's Co-Creator". Bethesda Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  6. "How I became a published author". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  7. "Nickelodeon Magazine 1993-2009". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  8. "Marc Tyler Nobleman". (Internet Movie Database). Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  9. "Where my cartoons appeared". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  10. "Chicken Soup for the Soul cartoons". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  11. "International schools". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  12. "Take Your Child to Work Day at the U.S. State Department". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  13. "Speaking on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  14. "'Batman' creator revealed at the 92nd St Y". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  15. "Marc Tyler Nobleman: The story of Batman's secret creator". TED Talk. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  16. "Speaking at Google: I'm feeling lucky". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  17. "401: What a Pop Culture Archaeologist Does w/ Marc Tyler Nobleman, Bill the Boy Wonder [Main T4C episode]". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  18. "DC to Give Bill Finger Official Credit on "Batman v Superman" and "Gotham"". (Comic Book Resources). Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  19. "AUTHORNOMICS Interview with Marc Tyler Nobleman". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  20. "Rebuilding Bill Finger". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  21. "Kevin Smith and I talk about Bill Finger for an hour". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  22. "Batman at 75: To All a Dark Knight panel event". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  23. "Bill Finger finally gets credit for role in creating Batman". Fox 5 NY. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  24. "Kevin Smith, Brad Meltzer Petitioning Google For Doodle of Batman Co-Creator Bill Finger". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  25. "No Google doodle for Bill Finger's 100th birthday". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  26. "Finger didn't get a Doodle (yet), but you can help fund a documentary about him". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  27. "DC Entertainment To Give Classic Batman Writer Credit in 'Gotham' and 'Batman v Superman' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Out of the Batcave and Into the Bronx". New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  29. "First official credit for various DC Comics superheroes". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  30. "Bill Finger: Beyond the Batcave". Scoop. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  31. "Countries that have aired Batman & Bill". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  32. "'Batman & Bill' uncovers a little-known superhero origin story". Boston Globe. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  33. "Batman & Bill [review]". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  34. "Renaming a Bronx street "Bill Finger Way"". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  35. "Superhero Comic Books Wouldn't Exist Without New York City". Newsweek. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  36. "Super City: The Secret Origin of Comic Books". The Bowery Boys: New York City History. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  37. "Unsung 'Batman' co-creator finally getting credit he deserves". New York Post. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  38. "Unveiling of "Bill Finger Way" street sign in New York". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  39. "Holy Street Sign! Bronx Road Named for Batman Creator Bill Finger". School Library Journal. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  40. "Announcing the 2019 NCTE Children's Book Awards". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  41. "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman: Awards". (American Library Association)/. Retrieved November 25, 2020.

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