Batman Cartoonist Jerry Robinson Dies at 89

By Ben Fractenberg on December 8, 2011 7:37pm 

Jerry Robinson, the creator of comic book character the Joker, died at the age of 89 on Dec. 7, 2011.
Jerry Robinson, the creator of comic book character the Joker, died at the age of 89 on Dec. 7, 2011.
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MANHATTAN — Jerry Robinson, the creator of Batman's nemesis the Joker, died in his sleep at his New York home Wednesday at the age of 89, the Daily News reported.

Batman creator Bob Kane hired Robinson when he was just 17-years-old in 1939 to work as an illustrator and writer.

Robinson reportedly not only came up with the Joker but also helped create other characters like Robin and Two-Face.

The New Jersey-born comic book legend also worked for the News as a cartoonist and launched political satire strip in the 1970s called "Still Life."

The artist also fought for the rights of his fellow cartoonists, helping the creators of Superman when they were in a legal battle with DC Comics over the rights to the famous character.

"Jerry brought a realism to comics — and a sense of humor," his editor Charles Kochman told the Associated Press.

Robinson also taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and was the president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as well as the National Cartoonists Society.

He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter and two grandchildren.

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