Friday, December 09, 2011

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: In Memory Of Jerry Robinson

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, a tribute to the passing of Jerry Robinson, creator of The Joker and all round comics advocate, with a splash from my all time favourite in-comic Joker tale, The Joker's Five Way Revenge from Batman #251.

Boy, what a brilliant creation and as one of pop's most infamous rouges (to the point two posts in the last week feature his creation in the 'real world'), The Joker is unbelievably just a small part of Jerry's contributions to the industry we all soak in daily.

As we take a moment to appreciate the man and this legacy he leaves behind, all thoughts go out to his family.

Jerry Robinson was 89.  


  1. that's more then just awesome that's classic 70s/80s.

  2. he will be missed; not only as a legendary creator of the Joker and Robin, but also as an advocate of artist'rights all over the world. Check out if you have it, one of the latter issues of Wizard that spotlights Robinson and all his contributions. Good stuff!

    Not to mention how badd-ass that spash page is! Truly one of the Joker's most memorable stories ever!

  3. I was working in a comics store in the northeast in the mid-1990's when Jerry Robinson came in with one of his grandchildren. He was very pleasant to me and signed an Batman Archive for me, but it was obvious that he was still bitterly stung by the attention that Bob Kane was swimming in during the success of the Batman movies out at the time. It reminded me of Martin Landau's portrayal of Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood". He was fatherly, mentoring, even indulgent to Depp's Wood until anybody mentioned Karloff. Kane was Robinson's Karloff, except that his bile was more justified than Lugosi's.

  4. Thanks for the comments guys and the awesome story pbl - what an amazing experience. I can imagine Jerry would feel like that too, especially in the wake of The Dark Knight where it was almost the big J's franchise, with bats the supporting character.

    Add to that all the other work he did on the titles early years and well.... yeah, say no more.

    Dale, as a rights activist is where I first read about Jerry. To find this go doing so much for the industries fairness and future was such a chunk of i'ts modern foundations, just made me respect him even more.

    Dave, it sure is. That one page contains more words then some modern comics! Plus I love the two logos on the same page. A small touch but I like it!

  5. Pensol3:40 pm

    Through his creations he shall be long remembered. RIP.

  6. Exactly Pensol - nicely said.