Joker Creator Jerry Robinson Passes Away at 89Posted 10:55 am on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
It’s sad news today for DC and comic fans. Jerry Robinson, the creator of the Joker, one of the most iconic villains ever, has passed away at the age of 89.
Robinson was born on January 1, 1922, and started working on Batman in DC Comics when he was only 17 years old. During his time there, he created the look of Robin and his name. He helped represent Superman creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel with getting official credit for all media whenever the Superman character is featured. In 2004, he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.
Here’s what comic book icons had to say about the passing of Robinson.
“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
Source: Newsarama (Thanks to Tee Jay for the tip)
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.