Bill Finger Award

The Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing is an American award for excellence in comic book writing.[1] The awards committee, chaired by Mark Evanier, is charged each year with selecting two recipients, one living and one deceased. The sole exception was in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic which had six deceased honorees and no living ones (and makeup plans for two living recipients in 2021)[2]

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing
Awarded forExcellence in comic book writing
Sponsored byDC Comics, Heritage Auctions, Maggie Thompson
CountryUnited States
Hosted bySan Diego Comic-Con
First awarded2005
Websitehttps://www.comic-con.org/awards/bill-finger-award-node
Robinson sitting at a table smiling
Jerry Robinson (pictured 2011) created the award

The award, along with the Eisner Awards, is presented in July of each year at the annual San Diego Comic-Con. It was established by Bill Finger's colleague and fellow writer Jerry Robinson.

Evanier in 2003 said the premise of the award was "to recognize writers for a body of work that has not received its rightful reward and/or recognition. That was what Jerry Robinson intended as his way of remembering his friend, Bill Finger. Bill is still kind of the industry poster boy for writers not receiving proper reward or recognition."[3]

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  1. ^ "New Writing Achievement Award to Honor Bill Finger". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2005. Archived from the original on May 9, 2005.
  2. ^ a b "In a year where Comic-Con cannot take place, it seemed wrong to honor, as we usually do, one posthumous writer and one who is still with us," [Chairman Mark] Evanier explained. "The one who is still with us would be denied the full honors of being brought to the convention and presented with the award onstage. Therefore, after much discussion, we decided to instead present no ‘alive’ award this year, and, assuming there is a convention in 2021, we will present two of those awards then. For 2020, we have selected six writers from the dozens who have been nominated to receive the posthumous award. Each of these six during their time in the industry produced a body of work that the judges deem worthy of more recognition and/or reward than it has received." Six Posthumous Recipients to Receive 2020 Bill Finger Award
  3. ^ a b "Bill Finger Award Recipients Announced". San Diego Comic-Con International. May 17, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Siegel, Drake to Receive First Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2008.
  5. ^ "Schwartz, Kurtzman To Receive Second Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  6. ^ Evanier, Mark (June 5, 2007). "This Year's Bill Finger Award". NewsFromMe.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2008.
  7. ^ "Archie Goodwin, Larry Lieber to Receive Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2008.
  8. ^ "John Broome, Frank Jacobs to Receive 2009 Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2009. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Otto Binder, Gary Friedrich to Receive 2010 Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2010. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010.
  10. ^ "Bob Haney, Del Connell to Receive 2011 Bill Finger Award". Archived from the original on December 11, 2011.
  11. ^ "Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates to Receive Bill Finger Award at 2012 Eisner Awards". www.cbr.com. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  12. ^ "Robert Kanigher, Bill Mantlo, Jack Mendelsohn to Receive 2014 Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2014. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "Don McGregor, John Stanley Are the 2015 Bill Finger Award Recipients". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2016. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "Elliot S! Maggin, Richard E. Hughes to Receive 2016 Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2016. Archived from the original on February 15, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "Bill Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby to Receive 2017 Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2017. Archived from the original on 19 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Joye Murchison Kelly, Dorothy Roubicek Woolfolk to Receive 2018 Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2018. Archived from the original on 5 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Mike Friedrich, E. Nelson Bridwell to Receive 2019 Bill Finger Award". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2019. Archived from the original on 3 July 2019.