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R.I.P. Jerry Robinson

The comics world just lost one of its greatest living legends as Jerry Robinson has passed away. Robinson, the long-time Batman artist, was 89 years old.

After Robinson left the world of comic books, he worked as a newspaper cartoonist for years. He was active in protecting the rights of artists, and served as the President of both the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) and the National Cartoonists Society (NCS).


Terrible news. One of the all-time greats.

R.I.P. in Jerry. You will be very missed!

Sad news indeed. RIP Mr. Robinson.

A giant has left us. The Joker’s father, the unsung hero of the Bat mythos. That old and familiar “Batman created by Bob Kane” blurb was always an unfortunate half-truth, just as it would be a half-truth to say “Fantastic Four created by Stan Lee”. Few other comics creators have created so many enduring concepts.


Steve Rotterdam

December 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

Grateful for all that he contributed over every decade of comics’ history. A great man.

I saw the touring exhibit of Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books a few months back, and quite a lot of it was original art from Jerry’s personal collection. This was a guy who understood comics were important, were art, back when people still saw them as literally trash — many of his originals are things he showed up at the printer’s to rescue rather than letting them be thrown away after use.

He was one of the earliest people to preserve and share the history of the medium. What a guy.

Really enjoyed hearing him speak at Comic-con, and I’m very sorry to hear of his passing. Glad that he got some of the acclaim that evaded (or was stolen from) Bill Finger before *his* passing.

?”Another Robinson plot worthy of the Joker helped out another beleaguered cartoonist in a more literal life-and-death situation. Francisco Laurenzo Pons was languishing in a Uruguayan jail for six years, enduring beatings and electric shocks, having been imprisoned by the ruling military junta for a working at a liberal magazine, when Robinson heard of his plight in 1984. So Robinson helped create a bogus award with the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and named Pons a winner. The media circus drew attention to Pons, and Uruguay felt compelled to release him.”

New York Daily News

An absolute comics legend. RIP Jerry.

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