"On October 12, 1995 at 1:00 PM, accompanied by attorney Bernard Sykes, I brought the drawings to DC Comics in New York. There we met with then executive Vice President Paul Levitz and the attorney for DC. As I was verbally defending the authenticity of my father's drawings Mr. Levitz was closely scrutinizing them and interrupted me and held his hand up saying 'I accept that these drawings are authentic and are what you claim them to be'. He also allowed that he wouldn't be surprised if in fact Bob Kane HAD seen them. Then to our amazement he said, 'How can I help you?'.
We were stunned and speechless at this unanticipated response and left there being nothing more to say. No one who has seen the drawings has ever questioned authenticity. Authenticity has never been an issue."
Mr. Levitz is an expert learned historian in the field, and later became president of DC.
These first Batman drawings by Frank Foster are dated
1932. They were most likely done in the early part of the year toward
the end of his time in Art School. Frank’s wife, Ruth, is certain
she knew about it prior to their marriage in July, 1932, seven years
before Bob Kane’s Batman appeared.
On the back of this panel of drawings, is the notation:
Written in Frank Foster’s
hand, there is the date “1932”, which indicated the
year Batman was created, and there are the names, “Batman” and “Night-Wing”.
There is a check mark next to “Batman.” In his 1975
interview, Foster explains it this way:
just some sort of alternative thought I had at the moment,
and then I checked off Batman because I thought that was a
("Nightwing" later emerged as a comic book character that
evolved out of Batman's sidekick, "Robin".)
The word, “Village” refers
to Greenwich Village in New York. At the end of school in 1932,
Frank went to New York to look for work and visited a friend, Julian Marson, who lived in Greenwich Village at the time. It was there that the name "Batman" was decided on.