Why so serious?
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 December 2011 05:01 Written by JCWaitWat Friday, 9 December 2011 03:21
And so like all great things they must all sadly come to an end. The creator of perhaps one of the most notorious DC villains, the Joker, passed away on the 7th December in his sleep at the age of 89. You may not be familiar with Jerry Robinson but I would be very surprised if you had not come across the Joker, one of Batman’s greatest enemies. Born in 1922 he studied journalism at the University of Columbia and was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004, alongside greats like Steve Ditko and Stan Lee.
DC released a number statements from various editors and executives:
“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
“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 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
“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
Our thoughts go to his family and friends, rest in peace one of the greatest contributors to comic books of our time.
- Members of DC Comics Speak Out on Jerry Robinson’s Passing (graphicpolicy.com)
- Batman’s Joker artist Jerry Robinson dies (cbc.ca)