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Jerry Robinson

Jerry Robinson

Robinson was first hired by Batman co-creator Bob Kane in 1939, while still a teenager, and many comic historians credit him with creating the iconic supervillain that is the Joker. What is beyond debate is that Robinson helped create the early Batman mythos. Robinson would go on to create such superheroes as Atoman, Jet Scott and London. With his beautiful brushwork, he would launch the syndicated strips “Still Life” and “Flubs and Fluffs,” and was also successful as fine illustrator for books and magazines and Broadway. He also is credited with the naming for Batman's sidekick, Robin, so named  after the Robin Hood books he had read during boyhood.

Robinson championed artists’ rights — he helped lead attempts by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to seek compensation for their Superman character — as well as human rights for imprisoned political cartoonists overseas. And he easily wore the moniker that was the title of a 2010 book about his career: “Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics.”

Robinson won the National Cartoonists Society Award for the Comic Book Division in 1956, their 1963 Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for Still Life, their 1965 Special Features Award 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. Robinson received the Sparky Award for lifetime achievement from the Cartoon Art Museum at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International.

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