Jerry Robinson, 1922-2011
The comics world has lost a legend.
Jerry Robinson, creator of the Joker, passed away on December 7th. He was 89. He began working on Batman at age 17, when he was still a journalism student. Robinson continued working for DC as a creative consultant, and was an inductee into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.
In addition to being credited as the Joker’s creator, Robinson was also instrumental in the creation of Robin, Two-Face, and Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler. He was also a tireless advocate for creators’ rights.
These are some statements about Robinson released by DC (from NerdBastards):
“Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture’s greatest icons. 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.”—Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist of BATMAN: HUSH
“Jerry Robinson was one of the greats. He continued to be a vibrant, creative force well into his nineties, with ideas and thoughts that continue to inspire. Jerry was a great advocate for creators. It was my pleasure to meet and work with him. He will be missed.”—Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher, DC Entertainment
“It’s impossible to work at DC Entertainment without feeling the impact of Jerry Robinson’s contributions to the industry. His influence continues to resonate today.”—Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief
“Jerry Robinson was an innovator, a pioneer in storytelling. His artwork was always astonishing, but his contributions to the Dark Knight mythology go far beyond art. The streets of Gotham City are a little lonelier today…Jerry will truly be missed.”—Mike Marts, BATMAN editor”
Thank you, Mr. Robinson, for all of your contributions to comics, the Batman mythos, and all of nerddom. You will be missed.