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Jerry Robinson, Joker Creator and Comics Ambassador dead at 89

DC Comics icon and Joker creator Jerry Robinson Pictured with original covers and concept artThe comics world was saddened yesterday as the last of the real creators of the iconic superheroes passed at the age of 89.  Jerry Robinson helped Bob Kane and Bill Finger truly create the Batman mythology.

Jerry Robinson, a pioneer of the comics form best known by fans for creating the Joker but also praised for his work as a comics historian and creator rights advocate, has died at age 89.

First word of the creator’s passing came from Christopher Irving’s Graphic NYC blog, which learned of Robinson’s death via a Facebook message from “Batman” film producer Michael Uslan.

Robinson was born in Trenton, New Jersey on New Year’s Day in 1922. At only 17 years of age, the aspiring artist was hired as an inker by Batman creator Bob Kane, and over the next several years, Robinson offered as much visual input into the character’s world and cast as his originator. Robinson co-created Robin, the Boy Wonder and is often credited as the primary influence for arch-villain the Joker, though Kane and Robinson would clash over credit for the villain’s creation in later years. The artist was soon hired away from Kane’s shop by “Batman” publisher DC/National Comics, for which he served as a staff artist, drawing many of the most striking covers of comics Golden Age.

Over the course of his early years in comics, Robinson proved a creative and social dynamo, moonlighting as a comics artist on projects such as the infamous “created in one night” issue of “Daredevil” while taking classes in Journalism at Columbia University. “I was always a political animal,” Robinson told CBR News last year . As the production of comic books wound down near the end of World War II, Robinson moved primarily to newspaper comic strips where he remained for the late ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, becoming known for Editorial illustration, political satire strips such as his long-running “Still Life With Robinson” and lush cover paintings for Broadway’s “Playbill.” The artist also served as President of both the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) and the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), and remains the only person to receive both honors.

In the 1970s, Robinson returned to the national spotlight as a comics historian and advocate for the rights of artists. “Starting in 1972, I curated the first comics at a fine art gallery. That was, I think, the year after, or almost simultaneously, with a show at the Louvre on comics, which I went over to see. I think that started it,” the artist recalled in a conversation with CBR earlier this year. “The following year, I was a guest curator at the Kennedy Library in Washington, where we did I think the largest show ever held on the comics. Certainly in the US. It was the size of a couple football fields and had all the genres of the comics. So it’s been a long time, but more and more universities and colleges have taken it on as a course of study, serious scholars and so forth.” That renewed interest in the medium combined with Robinson’s curatorial interests to create “The Comics” — one of the first definitive books on the strip comic artform as a whole, written by Robinson in 1974 and recently published in a new edition by Dark Horse.

Shortly thereafter, Robinson became a key figure along with artist Neal Adams in the fight to get Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster proper credit and pay for their hero from DC Comics. Robinson himself saw the benefits of a corporate culture at DC and Warner Bros. become arguably more appreciative of its original creatives in recent years as he served as a paid creative consultant for the company on projects including Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” which drew heavily on Robinson’s original stories in its portrayal of the Joker.

In recent years, Robinson rode a wave of publicity and public appearances surrounding not only the books by him and about his life, but also for his contributions to comics as a whole. He curated more exhibitions of original comics art, and last year auctioned off some of his most acclaimed original cover artwork from the Golden Age.

via R.I.P.: Jerry Robinson, Joker Creator & Comics Ambassador – Comic Book Resources.


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12/09/2011 at 7:59 am

History of the Batmobile

An excellent video history compiling the Batmobile incarnations from different media.

Evolution-of-The-Batmobile-a-video-historyIt’s the Dark Knight’s preferred method of transportation. Debuting in 1941’s Detective Comics #48, Batman’s car quickly became his greatest tool for crime fighting. Originally lacking a name, or any semblance to what it is today, it was bright red, and lacked fins or shields. In fact, it was devoid of the signature “bat” theme, with the small exception of a gold hood ornament. Following its initial appearance, Batman’s ride was overhauled when it appeared in Batman issue #5. Over the course of 70 years, the Batmobile has changed countless times; and will continue to change as long as there are Batman comics, films and merchandise.

Join as they take a look at the history and evolution of the Batmobile.

First Batman Image in Print

Most people are aware that Batman, The Dark Knight Detective premiered in Detective Comics #27.  The first IMAGE of Batman appeared in the advertisement which preceded that debut: Action Comics #12 in May of 1939.

First Batman image in print: Action Comics #12, May 1939

Comics Identifiers
Series Name: Action Comics
Issue Number #12
Publication Date: May 1939
Publication Year: 1939

Publication Details
Publisher: DC Comics
Publisher Country: United States
Cover Price 0.10 USD

Content Information
Language: English
Genre: Aviation, Facts, Occult
Story Titles: From the 4 Corners

Production Team
Scripts Paul Gustavson
Inks Fred Guardineer (signed Guardineer), Gill Fox, Paul Gustavson, Sheldon Moldoff, Terry Gilkison
Pencils Fred Guardineer (signed Guardineer), Gill Fox, Paul Gustavson, Sheldon Moldoff, Terry Gilkison

Print Features
Number of Pages 68

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05/05/2011 at 1:11 pm