Friday, December 9, 2011

Comic book artist Jerry Robinson dies

For the Comic book hobbyists, this may be a bad news that artist Jerry Robinson has died. He was 89.
Robinson (centre) with his creations Green Haired Villan (left) and the Nuclear Superhero Atoman (right)
Robinson, who was first hired to draw comic books in 1939, aged 17, is credited by many as crafting the Caped Crusader's arch-enemy The Joker. Green-haired villain The Joker first appeared in 1940 and was later brought to life by actors Cesar Romero, in the 1960s TV series, Jack Nicholson, in 1989 film Batman, and Heath Ledger, in 2008 movie The Dark Knight.

Robinson later created the nuclear superhero Atoman and also worked for Broadway magazine Playbill. In his later life, he taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and was president of both the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the National Cartoonists Society.


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