Joker Creator Jerry Robinson Dies
The legendary creator passes away at 89.
Equally notable for his part in creating one of those most beloved villains in the history of superhero comics, the Joker, and for his work advocating the rights and recognition of comic book creators, Jerry Robinson was a man held in the utmost regard by his peers. He passed away in his sleep last night at the age of 89.
Entering comics in 1939 as an inker, Robinson would later go on to create the Joker (though Batman co-creator Bob Kane never credited him for his creation) and later, his comic strips “Flubs and Fluffs” and “Still Life.”
In the 1970s, Robinson fought to get creators recognition for their work in comics, memorably creating a campaign surrounding Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman, resulting in the reinstatement of the creators’ names in all Superman-related comics and adaptations.
Michael Uslan, producer of the Batman movie franchise, told the NY Daily News, “He fought to bring respectability to the artists and writers who created the comics and who had long been ignored by society.”
DC Comics has already issued some statements from its team. “Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture’s greatest icons,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics co-Publisher. “As an artist myself, it’s impossible not to feel humbled by his body of work. Everyone who loves comics owes Jerry a debt of gratitude for the rich legacy that he leaves behind.”
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