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Jerry Robinson, Erfinder des Jokers und Robin, ist heute im Alter von 89 Jahren gestorben. Robinson fing im Alter von 17 Jahren als Zeichner im Batman-Team von Bob Kane an und lieferte kurze Zeit danach die Inspiration und die ersten Entwürfe für den Joker. Um die Entstehung gibt es widersprüchliche Aussagen von Kane und Robinson, allgemein aber gilt er als Schöpfer. Oben
die erste Zeichnung des Jokers aus dem ersten Batman-Heft Robinson Original-Artwork für Detective Comics #69. Später arbeitete er als Zeichner bei DC neben Jerry Siegel und Joe Shuster (Superman) sowie zusammen mit Jack Kirby.
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.
R.I.P.: JERRY ROBINSON, JOKER CREATOR & COMICS AMBASSADOR, hier ein Interview mit Robinson zu einer Ausstellung vor zwei Jahren: ‘Joker’ creator Jerry Robinson reflects on Gotham and the golden age, hier ein Video dazu:
In 1940, Jerry Robinson drew the first concept sketch of one of the greatest literary villains of all time The Joker. Robinson describes the creation of the exhibit "ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books 1938-1950," on display at the Skirball Museum.