Last Tuesday was a dark day for the comic book world when legendary writer/artist Bob Kane, best known for creating DC Comics Batman, passed away as a result of natural causes at his California home. Kane, 83, created the dark hero along with many other famous supporting characters including Robin, the Boy Wonder, the Joker, Catwoman and the Riddler. His creations have resulted in a continuously published comic book for fifty years, a live-action TV series, four feature films, at least five animated Batman series, and merchandising beyond words. Animation fans may also recognize his 60s cartoon creations - Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, and Cool McCool. He is survived by his wife, actress Elizabeth Sanders Kane, his daughter Deborah Majeski, his grandson Matthew Alderman, and his sister Doris Atlas. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to agencies providing service to hungry, homeless, abused, or abandoned children, such as Feed the Children
, the Make a Wish Foundation
, the Westside Childrens Center in Santa Monica, CA or the Bay Area Youth Center in Hayward, CA.