The creator of The Joker and contributor to much of the early Batman mythos, as well as being a great comic book artist, ambassador and champion for creator rights, Jerry Robinson has died.
Comic Book Resources in their article posted the following comments from DC staffers:
“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[/quote]
I had a chance to see him at the Big Apple Wizard World Convention in New York City a few years ago. Very gracious man, even recorded a promo for The Batman Universe Comic Cast which was very cool.
Felt a bit sad seeing him in a way. It was your usual artist alley set up, don't get me wrong, but somehow it felt less than what someone who should be treated as a comic book icon should be and more attention should have been paid to him. But that is the way things are I guess,
And so another part of the history of the medium is gone, but he does leave behind a rich legacy with one of the greatest villains, and maybe even characters, ever created, as well as his work as a creator's rights advocate and ambassador for the medium through his lifetime.
Thank you Jerry, R.I.P.
Posted by Steve J. Rogers