They are both legendary creators and I can't chose which.
I was about to post more or less the same thing.Is this a question of which one is a bigger thief and douche?
That would be Kane, but Lee is almost as bad.
Yes. That's exactly it.I was about to post more or less the same thing.
Bob Kane muscled Bill Finger out of credit and royalties for the creation of Batman.
Stan Lee had a reputation for screwing over his collaborators and taking credit for works that were almost entirely the product of the artists (Ditko and Kirby in particular). "Marvel Style" script-writing is more or less an excuse for Stan Lee to getting writing credits on a whole bunch of stories without doing much storytelling at all. Lee's major contribution to Marvel was by letting Jack Kirby be Jack Kirby, and then he treated him like ****.
Kane's was more blatant, Lee's had a wider scope.
Both are lionized creators who's contributions were more the product of their collaborators than themselves.
Edit: To clarify, these are both situations where a creator got screwed out of creator credits and royalties by getting locked into work-for-hire contracts.
According to most accounts, Kane's Batman more or less looked like Superman with a red costume, a wing harness modeled on Davinci's flying machine and a little mask that only covered his eyes. Finger pulled out a book with pictures of bats and suggested "Hey, let's actually make the costume look like a bat and also give him a bat-eared cowl!". He also did all of the writing and character building which established Batman as a crime-fighting detective.Yes. That's exactly it.
To elaborate on Kane/Finger: my understanding is that while Kane created Batman, the character bore little resemblance to the Batman we know. Bill Finger made the character what he is now. But he gets squeezed out of credits.