It is being reported that Jerry Robinson passed away peacefully at the age of 89. Most noted for being the creator of DC Comics nefarious villain the Joker, Robinson was also a well known comics historian and spoke very passionately as a creator rights advocate.
“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
I had a chance to listen to Mr. Robinson speak about he creation of the Joker and his work with Bob Kane at the Skirball Cultural Center when they did an exhibit on clssic comics. It was an amazing experience and when I later on was given a chance to meet him he was amazingly nice. The world of comics has lost one of its legends today.
R.I.P Mr. Robinson