Batman Comic Artist, Jerry Robinson (1922 - 2011)

Comic book artist Jerry Robinson, who created characters including Batman's sidekick Robin and the Joker, has died aged 89. In 1940, Jerry Robinson drew the first concept sketch of one of the greatest literary villains of all time, The Joker. He describes the creation in this video interview...

Samples of his work...

The first concept sketch of The Joker

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NYTimes: The Joker in the Deck: Birth of a Supervillain

NYTimes: Jerry Robinson, Godfather of a Comic-Book Villain, Dies at 89