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Jerry Robinson: Dead At 89

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In this undated photo released Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 by ComicConnect.com, Jerry Robinson, who created the Joker, stands with the two framed covers, Superman #14 and Detective Comics #69, that will be offered for auction on ComicConnect.com. (AP Photo/ComicConnect.com)
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Photo released Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 by ComicConnect.com, Jerry Robinson, stands with covers up for auction on the site. (AP Photo/ComicConnect.com)

The famous creator of the Joker character, Jerry Robinson has died.

Although nothing is confirmed, it’s being reported that Robinson, 89, died in his sleep this past week.

According to comicbookresources.com, news of his death comes from NYCgraphicnovelists.com, who posted:

“Just got word from Batman movie producer Michael Uslan on Facebook that the great Batman artist and editorial cartoonist Jerry Robinson just passed away.”

Robinson is well known in the comics world and is widely considered the creator of the Joker and is credited with helping create Robin.

His work on DC Comics’ Batman line was mostly during the 1940s, and Robinson’s history with Batman stems from meeting Bob Kane as a young man. Kane had just finished the first issue of Batman and offered Robinson a position at the drawing-table in New York.

Reportedly, after Kane contemplated adding a sidekick, Robinson suggested the name “Robin” after Robin Hood. Around the same time, the Joker was created.

According to L.A. Times Hero Complex, worked on Batman  for some seven years and even branched out and took on political comics for over 30 years. The avid activist for rights of artist began a comics historian and began to curate comics. Just last year, the artist auctioned off some of his most original artwork including the covers of comics like Superman.

Robinson was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.

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