Jerry Robinson, a pioneer in the early days of Batman comics and a
key force in the creation of Robin the Boy Wonder; the Joker; Bruce
Wayne’s butler, Alfred; and Two-Face, died Wednesday afternoon in New
York City. He was 89.
The illustrator with a far-ranging career – after shifting in the
early 1960s into political cartooning, he would serve as president of
the National Cartoonists Society and then author the exhaustive and well-regarded “The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art” — died in his sleep during a late afternoon nap, according to Michael E. Uslan, a close family friend and an executive producer on all the Batman feature films since the 1980s.