He had his last laugh.
You may know Bob Kane as the man who created Batman, but Jerry Robinson wasn’t known by as many as he should of been. An artist who essentially set the foundation for probably the most popular hero series of all time. Jerry Robinson was responsible for the creation of Two – Face, Alfred, and coined the name “Robin” for Batman‘s faithful sidekick. But it’s perhaps his creation of what many consider the all time greatest villain to cement his legacy in pop culture forever. The Joker.
Robinson has passed away at the age of 89. I can’t find a clear cause of death, but we can reflect back on a long life well lived. Robinson went to work for Bob Kane when he was 17 years old as inker for Batman. He would go on to add as much visual flare to the Dark Knight. And on his greatest work, he had this to say:
“Heroes are rather dull– they have to be heroes. The exciting ones are the Villains.”
That was no more evident in The Joker. As some would say, a hero is only as good as his best villain. Batman and Joker went hand in hand like PB&J.
Rest in Peace Mr. Robinson. You will be missed.