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. LA Times' Hero Complex later confirmed the news.
Quite possibly the creator of the greatest comic book bad guy. Rest in Peace.
Post by Lord Ragnarok on Dec 8, 2011 21:40:55 GMT -5
I always thought Bob Kane created the Joker but R.I. P. nonetheless. I remember I had heard or read somewhere that the main antagonist from this 1920s silent movie called "The Man Who Laughs" was the inspiration for the Joker character. Just thought I'd mention that, and it actually is available to rent on Netflix if anybody's interested in watching it.
Bill Finger and I created the Joker. Bill was the writer. Jerry Robinson came to me with a playing card of the Joker. That's the way I sum it up. [The Joker] looks like Conrad Veidt — you know, the actor in The Man Who Laughs, [the 1928 movie based on the novel] by Victor Hugo. [...] Bill Finger had a book with a photograph of Conrad Veidt and showed it to me and said, 'Here's the Joker'. Jerry Robinson had absolutely nothing to do with it, but he'll always say he created it till he dies. He brought in a playing card, which we used for a couple of issues for him [the Joker] to use as his playing card.