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Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics Hardcover – 11 Aug 2010
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About the Author
N.C. Christopher Couch is a writer, editor, curator and teacher. He holds a Ph. D. in art history from Columbia University, and has taught art history at Amherst, Columbia, Hampshire, Smith and Mount Holyoke. He currently teaches the history of graphic novels at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Jerry Robinson, the subject of this book, is an author, artist and acknowledged master of American comics and cartooning. Pete Hamill is an award-winning novelist, essayist and journalist whose columns and reportage have appeared in the Daily News, the New York Post, and Esquire and whose fiction and nonfiction titles are New York Times bestsellers. Dennis O'Neil is an award-winning comics professional and has taught at the School of Visual Arts. Among his many credits is his influential work as writer and editor of the Batman comics.
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A soup to nuts history of Jerry Robinson!
I will never look at the Joker the same again!
I did not know, for instance, that Jerry Robinson was the real-life inspiration for the scene in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, where a group of artists packed into a small room, cooking eggs on bathroom wall tiles, while trying to finish a marathon project in just one weekend. I didn't know that Jerry Robinson taught for years at the School of Visual Arts and counted amongst his students Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Jack Abel, Marie Severin and Stan Goldberg. I didn't know that he wrote one of the first histories of comic art, The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art. I didn't know that he had a long career as a political cartoonist, doing the strips "Still Life" and "Life with Robinson." Or that he spent time in the New York theater scene, doing "Theater Life with Robinson" sketching some of Broadway's greatest performers.
Really, I knew nothing at all.
Which is why I enjoyed this book immensely. Much more than I thought I would. Jerry Robinson is so much more than "the guy who created The Joker," and has had a long and fascinating life and career. From his start at age 17, when Bob Kane called him over to ask who had drawn the illustrations on Robinson's jacket, only to be recruited onto the new comic "Batman" when Kane learned that Robinson was the artist, all through various stages of life in comics and out, as a teacher and an advertiser, a political activist and a critic. Or even now, when a still very active Jerry Robinson leads a crusade to get overseas artists exposure in major markets, or works in photography and oil painting.
And yes, The Joker is here too. Jerry Robinson not only drew comics, but he also had the foresight to keep his original work, and in "Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics" you can see amazingly rare images such as his first ever sketch of The Joker, based off of a playing card, and original art work for some of his most famous Batman covers and interiors. This book is a magical museum for Batman fans.
But along with that is everything else: Robinson's theater work, his political cartoons, his photographs and paintings...this is really a celebration of an amazing man's life. And a treasure to read.