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Jerry Robinson (b. January 1, 1922 – d.December 8, 2011) was a writer.

Professional History

Jerry Robinson was a Golden Age Batman illustrator who co-created The Joker and Robin, and other members of the Batman family. While best known for his work in Batman and Detective Comics, he was also an activist who supported artists' rights and was instrumental in mobilizing support for the creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, to receive a pension plan, health insurance and to win credit for their creation from Warner Communications in 1975.

He was the founder and president of the Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate/CartoonArts International. He also served as president of both the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the National Cartoonists Society, has authored many other books besides his comics history, and has curated many cartoon exhibits.[1]

In 2007, he served as a creative consultant on The Dark Knight.

Work History


  • Robinson co-created The Joker. The villain was meant to die in his first appearance, but an editor made a quick change to the end of the story.
  • Though it was Bill Finger who suggested that Batman should have a sidekick, it was Robinson who named him Robin and designed his costume.


  • In 1939, Robinson met Bob Kane while on vacation in the Poconos.