New York, NY – October, 26 – DC Comics, the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world, and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced today that legendary Batman comic book artist Jerry Robinson, a key contributor during the early years of the Batman comic book series, will be a creative consultant for the company.
“It’s an honor to have Jerry complete his journey from DC’s bullpen to advising us on characters he was intimately involved with, and the international world of comics he knows so well,” said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher.
“I am delighted to be affiliated with DC Comics, my alma mater, as Creative Consultant,” said Jerry Robinson. “I look forward to working with Paul Levitz, whom I greatly admire, and the enormously talented DC editors, artists and writers.”
Born on January 1, 1922 in Trenton, New Jersey, Robinson was a student at Columbia University in New York when he first began working for Batman creator Bob Kane in 1939. Kane, along with writer Bill Finger, had just created Batman for National Comics, the company that would eventually become DC Comics. Robinson first began as a letterer and background inker, eventually moving into the role of penciller and primary inker for the early Batman strips.
In 1942, Robinson began a stint as the series’ main artist, followed by other comic book legends, including Dick Sprang. Robinson played a vital role in the early appearances of legendary Batman characters, notably The Joker, Robin, Alfred, and The Penguin, and executed many of the iconic covers of the Golden Age of comic books.
After leaving the Batman line, Robinson continued working in the comic book field, writing and drawing numerous features for a variety of publishers. In 1961 he began a new career, creating the political/social satire “still life” and later “Life with Robinson,” syndicated daily for 34 years. Another popular creation ”Flubs & Fluffs” ran in the Sunday New York News for over two decades.
Robinson’s new role as creative consultant will reunite the legendary creator with many of the characters he spent decades working with, including the Batman.