Jerry Robinson 1922-2011

Legendary comic book artist Jerry Robinson, who had a profound impact on the mythos of Batman, passed away on Wednesday evening. Robinson’s contributions to comic books and Batman in particular are innumerable, but he most notably created the original look for the Joker, suggested the name “Robin,” and was a force behind the character of Alfred.

Here are some thoughts from some of the fine folks at DC Comics.

“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

“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

“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 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

Robinson was 89 and died in his sleep Wednedsay night. Gotham City wouldn’t have been the same without him.

Additional reporting on Jerry’s passing at The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the DC Blog.

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