It has been an unimaginably bad week for the entertainment industry. First we lost acting legend Harry Morgan – and now the news is spreading on the death of the one and only Jerry Robinson, the man who named Batman’s sidekick “Robin the Boy Wonder”, the creator of the Joker according to historians, and so many other famous comic-book characters, has left us.
Mr. Robinson was also well known and very well respected in the comics industry for his fighting on behalf of artist’s rights; he personally aided in the fight for Siegel and Shuster to gain credit for the creation of Superman, and to get royalties from the use of their iconic character.
“Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture’s greatest icons,” said artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee. “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.”
Jerry Robinson, comic book legend, passed away at the age of 89, less than a month from his 90th birthday.
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Jerry Robinson fans might also enjoy this November 2010 Mr. Media audio interview with the legendary comic book artist, editorial cartoonist and international human rights crusader: http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=1092 .