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Jerry Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics. As a member of the original Batman team, he created the first and most iconic of all supervillains, the Joker, and cocreated Robin, the archetypal sidekick. During the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, Robinson worked on every comic book genre there was, and brought to life his own super heroes such as London, Jerry Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics. As a member of the original Batman team, he created the first and most iconic of all supervillains, the Joker, and cocreated Robin, the archetypal sidekick. During the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, Robinson worked on every comic book genre there was, and brought to life his own super heroes such as London, Jet Scott, and Atoman. His artistry also extended beyond comic books into editorial cartooning and popular syndicated newspaper strips such as Still Life and Flubs & Fluffs, as well as magazine and book illustration, fine arts, academia, and humanitarian affairs. Robinson has been an influential teacher, an important curator of cartooning art exhibits, and a tireless champion of artists’ rights. This rich, fully illustrated collection of his work was written in collaboration with the artist himself.


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Jerry Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics. As a member of the original Batman team, he created the first and most iconic of all supervillains, the Joker, and cocreated Robin, the archetypal sidekick. During the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, Robinson worked on every comic book genre there was, and brought to life his own super heroes such as London, Jerry Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics. As a member of the original Batman team, he created the first and most iconic of all supervillains, the Joker, and cocreated Robin, the archetypal sidekick. During the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, Robinson worked on every comic book genre there was, and brought to life his own super heroes such as London, Jet Scott, and Atoman. His artistry also extended beyond comic books into editorial cartooning and popular syndicated newspaper strips such as Still Life and Flubs & Fluffs, as well as magazine and book illustration, fine arts, academia, and humanitarian affairs. Robinson has been an influential teacher, an important curator of cartooning art exhibits, and a tireless champion of artists’ rights. This rich, fully illustrated collection of his work was written in collaboration with the artist himself.

45 review for Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim Schneider

    Let's start off by stating that I'm not going to get in to the issue of who did or did not create which Batman characters. There are claims from many different directions and pretty much all the players are now dead. That said, Jerry Robinson's influence in comics (books, strips and editorial) is enormous and he definitely deserved this book. This is similar to Abrams Publishing's Kirby book. It's over-sized, art heavy and maybe a little light on text. It does, however, give a good overview of Let's start off by stating that I'm not going to get in to the issue of who did or did not create which Batman characters. There are claims from many different directions and pretty much all the players are now dead. That said, Jerry Robinson's influence in comics (books, strips and editorial) is enormous and he definitely deserved this book. This is similar to Abrams Publishing's Kirby book. It's over-sized, art heavy and maybe a little light on text. It does, however, give a good overview of Robinson's career, from Batman artist to his own comic book work. From book illustration to comic strips to syndication and comic book legend. I was intrigued to find that I'd read a few of the books that Robinson did text illos for when I was a kid. This is a good overview of Jerry Robinson. Frankly, he probably deserves a full-blown bio. But this will do just fine for now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julian Stone

    I had the honor to meet Jerry Robinson several times over the years. He was a wonderful person and if you want to read a great book about a man who was there at the very beginning of the comic book craze that now dominates so much of popular culture, this is the book for you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    All I knew about Mr. Robinson is that he was considered the creator of the Joker. That's it. This book did a very good job of fleshing out this man and showing what an amazing Talent he his and what an impact he has had on comic books, comic strips, and editorial cartoons. His work as a Voice for the international cartoonist certainly makes him the Ambassador of Comics. I have a much greater appreciation of Mr. Robinson and now I want to track down more of his work.... this has given me a new list o All I knew about Mr. Robinson is that he was considered the creator of the Joker. That's it. This book did a very good job of fleshing out this man and showing what an amazing Talent he his and what an impact he has had on comic books, comic strips, and editorial cartoons. His work as a Voice for the international cartoonist certainly makes him the Ambassador of Comics. I have a much greater appreciation of Mr. Robinson and now I want to track down more of his work.... this has given me a new list of comics to seek out and collect. That's a pretty good job of any book~!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Bat-Blog Brookshire

    When I heard the news that Abrams was going to publish a definitive biography about Jerry Robinson's life, I was pretty excited! I mean, Jerry Robinson was right there with Bob Kane & Bill Finger during the early creation of Batman. He drew most of the iconic Golden Age Batman artwork we now enjoy, especially the comic book covers. He is the person who created the greatest villain in pop culture history, The Joker! He also co-created Robin, the Boy Wonder! What I'm getting at is this, his contri When I heard the news that Abrams was going to publish a definitive biography about Jerry Robinson's life, I was pretty excited! I mean, Jerry Robinson was right there with Bob Kane & Bill Finger during the early creation of Batman. He drew most of the iconic Golden Age Batman artwork we now enjoy, especially the comic book covers. He is the person who created the greatest villain in pop culture history, The Joker! He also co-created Robin, the Boy Wonder! What I'm getting at is this, his contribution to the character is extremely important. So, as both a serious Batman fan & comic book history nut, I couldn't wait till this came out. The book is loaded with beautiful artwork & photos from his entire career. Which, by the way, is still going on. We find out how Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson actually met for the 1st time. There's a ton of "behind the scene" details on who did what & how. So, overall, I gotta say that this book is very well written, very high-quality, & if you're a serious Batman Fan, it will make you drool for days!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eamonn Murphy

    Jerry Robinson is one of the founders of those American superhero comics that have now gone international and taken over the movie theatres of the world. First, there was Superman and then there was Batman. Jerry was in on Batman almost from the start. Recruited as an assistant when Bob Kane spotted him wearing a jacket illustrated with his own drawings, he moved to New York and began working with Kane and Bill Finger on the early issues of the great detective. Jerry created the Joker and co-cre Jerry Robinson is one of the founders of those American superhero comics that have now gone international and taken over the movie theatres of the world. First, there was Superman and then there was Batman. Jerry was in on Batman almost from the start. Recruited as an assistant when Bob Kane spotted him wearing a jacket illustrated with his own drawings, he moved to New York and began working with Kane and Bill Finger on the early issues of the great detective. Jerry created the Joker and co-created Robin the Boy Wonder. Well, his creation of the Joker is disputed but everything is now that the properties are worth millions. Back then, nobody cared a lot and the talent all chipped in willingly to help make the product better. Robinson makes it clear in interviews that he and the others lived and breathed Batman, day and night, obsessed with developing the series and making it better. Clearly, they succeeded. For the first year, he worked in Bob Kane’s studio but then DC employed him directly and he worked in a sort of bullpen with such greats as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jack Kirby, Mort Meskin, George Roussos and others. Robinson shared an apartment with Bernie Klein who became his best friend and they worked all hours on freelance contracts with many other artists dropping by and helping out. Comics were a new medium and they were inventing new techniques, changing the designs from the strip format made for newspapers to something that fitted a whole page. They were heady days. Robinson also had a spell working for Stan Lee over at Timely comics and they got on well together. Roughly half the book is taken up with Robinson’s comic career and it’s clearly aimed at the comic fan but there’s a lot more to the artist than that. The second hundred pages deal with the rest of his life when he branched out into book and magazine illustration and newspaper cartoons. Unlike some other talents, notably Jack Kirby, Robinson had a head for business and kept control of his own work, freelancing direct for high paying markets and often forming syndicates to spread the product more widely. He always had a toehold in other fields of illustration and when comics slumped managed to keep thriving. Of course, he was very talented and worked hard. He was also a decent chap and involved himself in campaigning for various good causes connected to his field. He worked to free jailed political cartoonists in other countries and famously took a lead in the fight to get Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster recognition, and money, for the creation of Superman. I bought the book because I was interested in Jerry Robinson the comic artist but must say I found the rest of his story just as interesting. Alongside the fine text, there is page after page of his wonderful drawings, including some highly amusing political cartoons and pieces from Flubs and Fluffs where he extracted humour from real-life verbal mistakes by teachers and children. Those are timeless. I picked this up for £4.00 at The Works, a British shop that sells remaindered books and often has such bargains. It was worth every penny.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Macpherson

    This was decent. I guess I wanted to more. This is lik Abrahms Kirby book in that it was a nice brief overview, filled with lovely illustrations, but not as comprehensive as I would have liked for such an interesting person.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Trav S.D.

    My review here: http://tinyurl.com/29qb5zm My review here: http://tinyurl.com/29qb5zm

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