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Jerry Robinson
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Artist
    (January 1, 1922-December 7, 2011)
    Born in Trenton, New Jersey
    Birth name was Sherrill David Robinson
    Comic book artist, editorial cartoonist and comics historian
    Worked for DC Comics' 'Batman' comic books (1939-47)
    Helped create the characters Robin, the Joker, Two-Face and Alfred the Butler
    Received National Cartoonist Society Awards in the categories of Comic Books (1956), Newspaper Cartoons (1963) Special Features (1965) and Lifetime Achievement (2000)
    His reaction when Bob Kane showed him the first Batman comic book: 'Frankly, I wasn't very impressed.'
    His first gig in comic books was as a letterer and he admitted his work was 'pretty crude.'
    Kane insisted that he and Bill Finger created the Joker: 'Jerry Robinson had absolutely nothing to do with it. But he'll always say he created it until he dies.'
    At Dell Comics in the early 60s, he drew Lassie comic books for two years, which he hated: 'How many times can you have a dog rescue someone from a burning fire?'
    He was married to Gro Bagn for 57 years until his death.
    Most comic book historians agree with his account of creating the Joker rather than Kane's.
    Even after Robinson completely took over doing the art for the Batman comics (because Kane was focusing on the daily Batman newspaper comic strip), Kane continued getting sole credit.
    He played an important role in convincing DC Comics to give Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster a yearly pension and a credit in all published or broadcast Superman works.
    He helped secure the release of a Uruguayan cartoonist who had been imprisoned for lampooning the military junta ruling the country.

Credit: C. Fishel


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