Wizard World have announced that Joker co-creator Jerry Robinson is going to be inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends at their Madison, Wisconsin show, and Robinson’s son Jens will be accepting the award in his stead on September 22nd.
Jerry Robinson is best known as the co-creator of Robin and The Joker for DC Comics’ Batman line.
Robinson will be the sixth person to be inducted into the Hall of Legends, an “initiative to celebrate the artists, writers and insiders who built the industry and continued the traditions”.
Robinson (1922-2011) began work on Batman as an inker and letterer in 1939, when the comic was in its infancy, and is credited with co-creating the two iconic characters, along with Alfred and the villain Two-Face.
He later formed a studio with Mort Meskin to work on the Black Terror and other characters, before exploring other cartooning genres. Robinson’s other comics creations include Atoman, London and Jet Scott (with writer Sheldon Stark). Robinson also drew theatre illustrations for Playbill magazine on Broadway.
Robinson was an advocate for artists, most notably on behalf of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in their disputes with DC over Superman. He worked with human rights organizations to focus attention on oppressed political cartoonists abroad. He founded the agency Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate, now affiliated with the New York Times Syndicate and known as CartoonArts International.
Robinson’s memoir, Jerry and the Joker: Adventures and Comic Art, was published posthumously in August 2017 by Dark Horse.
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