Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jerry Robinson - Joe Simon

Jerry Robinson passed Dec 7, 2011, at 89. Robinson was well known for his work on DC Comics Batman titles during the 1940s, and as the creator of the Joker.

Besides DC Comics, Robinson would work for several publishers, and created the newspaper cartoon True Classroom Flubs and Fluffs for the New York Sunday News. During the 1950s Robinson drew political cartoons, as well as cover illustrations for the Broadway based magazine Playbill.

Robinson was awarded the national Cartoonists Society award for the Comic Book Division, 1956, Newspaper panel, 1963 for Still Life, Special Features Award, 1965 for Flubs and Fluffs, Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000, The Cartoon Art Museum Sparky Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011.
Inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame 2004.

Joe Simon passed Dec 14, 2011, at 98, co-creator of Captain America, along with jack Kirby.

Simon co-created several important comic characters  during the 1930-1940 time period. For DC Comics, he co-created Sandman, the Boy Commandos, Manhunter. With other publishers he is credited with Fighting American and the Fly. Simon and Kirby created the field of romance comics and were pioneers of horror comics.

At Timely Comics, Simon created the Fiery Mask; worked on Blue Bolt for Funnies, Inc; Started Mainline Publications with Kirby publishing Bullseye: Western Scout, Foxhole, In Love and Police Trap.

Awarded Inkpot Award, 1998. Inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame 1999.

I am sorry to say I did not get to meet either of these gentlemen. They will be missed by the comics community...

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