Joker Creator Jerry Robinson Passes Away

Reports are coming in that Jerry Robinson, co-creator of iconic DC characters such as The Joker, Robin, Two-Face and others passed away in his sleep last night at age 89..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 12/8/2011


Jerry Robinson was born in 1922. As an artist working for DC Comics he went on to become a key figure in crafting the long history of Batman and the many characters that inhabit his world. Along with Bob Kane and Bill finger he was an integral part of the creation of some of the most iconic characters in comic history such as The Joker, Robin, Two-Face and Alfred. He won several awards in his career including the National Cartoonists Society award for the Comic Book Division in 1956, their Newspaper Panel Cartoon for 1963 for Still Life, their Special Features Award in 1965 for Flubs and Fluffs, and their Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Robinson was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.

Here is an interview Robinson did recently with Hero Complex in which he discusses the creation of one of the great literary villains of our time - The Joker.

 


R.I.P




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mrbadexample - 12/8/2011, 7:13 AM
one of the important people in comics, such a great lost
BabyGroot - 12/8/2011, 7:16 AM
damn that sucks.... :/ this guy was *really important ^^^ may he r.i.p.
marvel72 - 12/8/2011, 7:17 AM
created the joker one of the greatest comic villains of all time.

r.i.p jerry robinson
BabyGroot - 12/8/2011, 7:17 AM
looks like ecksmanfan has another great loss to include on his remembrance article.
Optimus83 - 12/8/2011, 7:28 AM
Resting in Peace Master of the Joker. ...
nuck82 - 12/8/2011, 7:28 AM
well ecks, need to add one more to the list
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:28 AM
nuck82 - 12/8/2011, 7:30 AM
the joker in the backbround of the pic is how i always think of joker, imo the best joker
DiLusso - 12/8/2011, 7:30 AM
R.I.P fella
you gave us the joker. the best dc character ever created.
you shall become legend
spiderneil - 12/8/2011, 7:32 AM
am I the only person who thought it was ian mckellen in the picture and then saw the name?
vtopa - 12/8/2011, 7:33 AM
R.I.P. I wonder how much of the billions that came out of the Batman/Robin/Joker franchise he was able to get for himself and his family? I hope it was a fair amount. He gave us characters that will never go away. That is saying something.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:34 AM
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:35 AM
redleaf - 12/8/2011, 7:41 AM
Prof: Do you approve of the way they're handling the character?

JR: Well so far. You never know until you see the whole thing put together. I'm very enthusiastic and they're doing a great job. I've met the people, the actors and they're all first rate. As is the director.

I'm glad he got to see Ledger's Joker. I'm sure he enjoyed The Dark Knight immensely.


Jerry Robinson, Christopher Nolan, Editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers, ToonSeum director Joe Wos
valeriesghost - 12/8/2011, 7:42 AM
Thank you Jerry for a wonderful character!!
Jolt17 - 12/8/2011, 7:44 AM
Wow...sad thing. I think I remember reading that he was proud of The Dark Knight indeed...but I can be wrong. But doesn't matter, R.I.P. Our biggest thanks to you, Mr. Robinson, for the Joker.
brazilianFlash - 12/8/2011, 7:51 AM
just when @ecks made a passed away list...
All I can say is thank you Jerry for a wonderful character.And may he Rest In Peace.
MrReese - 12/8/2011, 7:51 AM
@Greengo That Joker pic is awesome

R.I.P
Jerry
BmanHall - 12/8/2011, 7:52 AM
RIP, Mr Robinson.



RadicalDuck - 12/8/2011, 7:54 AM
Sad times indeed- thank you for the brilliant characters! RIP
blkyank - 12/8/2011, 7:55 AM
Mr Robinson

I was first introduced to the world of Batman (and comic books in general) when I was 5 years old back in 1973.Since then I have made your creations part of a life dedicated to the consumption of fantasy adventure,SCI FI and horror.Rest assured I have worked hard to pass on this love to my own sons, a love that your greatest creation has an honored place.I can not fully express my gratitude for your life time body of work but I wish to state that it will surely outlive us all in the hearts and imaginations of those (many unborn)who can find,nurture and maintain that childlike sense of wonder that led us to comics in the first place.My heart goes out to your family and friends for the loss of a life that touched so many.

"What wonderful toys he has" The Joker in "Batman" (1989)
spidey1994 - 12/8/2011, 7:56 AM
R.I.P. Jerry :(
WolvieCBM - 12/8/2011, 7:59 AM
R.I.P. Very sad news.
REMY1 - 12/8/2011, 8:08 AM
RIP It's a very sad day for the comic universe.
Ryden - 12/8/2011, 8:11 AM
R.I.P Jerry, and thank you for creating one of the greatest literary characters in history!
Cross - 12/8/2011, 8:16 AM
Thank you for giving us the greatest comic book villain of all time. R.I.P.
TheIconicMan - 12/8/2011, 8:16 AM
WOW, this is bad.
PapaMidnite - 12/8/2011, 8:18 AM
Told you guys!
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/geekboymovienews/news/?a=50850

R.I.P. Jerry.
hoodedjester - 12/8/2011, 8:20 AM
wow - RIP Jerry

Sad news indeed
CorndogBurglar - 12/8/2011, 8:38 AM
The Joker isn't only one of the best villains in comics, he's also one of the best villains in entertainment, period. Movies, books, comics...it doesn't matter, Joker is one of the greatest ever.

Its a sad day for comics.

(even though there's a definate dispute over who actually deserves credit for creating Joker...)
BlindLemonShemp - 12/8/2011, 8:38 AM
thats a shame. r.i.p. jerry.
HenryBulmer - 12/8/2011, 8:58 AM
r.i.p :(
FlixMentallo21 - 12/8/2011, 8:58 AM
....And here's to you, Mr. Robinson, the fans love you more than you will know...whoa, whoa, whoa.
Shredder - 12/8/2011, 9:14 AM

Rest in Peace
TheJoker52 - 12/8/2011, 9:16 AM
This is a massive blow in his honor , Tonight when i DJ my event i will hold several toasts and play scenes from every joker moment ever . Will be looking on youtube for videos . Damn this really sucks . Dear jerry , i love your creation so much i got him tattooed on me . You have helped me thur alot with your creation , thank you and hopefully , we will be running the streets of Gotham City together some day
Show4God1 - 12/8/2011, 9:17 AM
sad news. R.I.P.
AngelAragiel - 12/8/2011, 9:18 AM
R.I.P. to one of the visionaries who helped build the Batman universe.
TheGlove - 12/8/2011, 9:18 AM
Wow, i didn't even know he was still alive! RIP.
Minghagz - 12/8/2011, 9:29 AM
he definitely passed on much influence
Amazo - 12/8/2011, 9:30 AM
I'm betting most of you have never even read his work.
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