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In this memoir, penned by the late Jerry Robinson in his final years, he tells the story of a seventeen-year-old college hopeful who became the artist on Detective Comics, and later Batman, shares his thoughts on creating the Joker as the first super villain, and relates the celebrity-studded journeys that a long life in comics afforded him. Jerry was one of the very few Golden Age artists to save his original art--so here are never before published and rarely seen originals from the likes of Detective Comics #76 and Batman #14 and cover artwork featuring Batman, Robin, and the Joker.
This artwork became some of the show pieces in several important art exhibits on comics, delving deep into imagery that has shaped the evolution of comics’ most famous villain.
Chapters include "How to Start Out Selling Ice Cream and End Up Drawing Batman;" "The Birth of The Joker;" "Cuba, Billards, and Batman;" "Of Wine, Berbers, Gondolas, and Fraud;" "My Forty-Seven-Minute Scoop;" "Theatre Life: Backstage with Playbill;" "Additional Comics, Books, and Magazine Art with Notes by Jens Robinson."
Includes preliminary designs for the cover of Starship Soldier, the original title of Starship Troopers. Jerry'sfinal cover is here too. So is original art from the Golden Age Daredevil #2; two wonderful COLORED splash pages for his creation "London," a super hero done for Daredevil Comics; the amazing splash (it reminds me of early Murphy Anderson) and three pages of wonderful original art for "The City That Vanished" from Atlas' Mystic Comics #5; pages 2-7 of "Where Dead Men Walk" from Adventures Into Weird Worlds #13; splash for "Fangs of the Panther" from All New Comics #11 from 1945; splash and pages 3-4 for "Rudolph's Revenge" from Mystery Tales #7; two pages from "Gold Fever," a Bat Masterson #6 story from1961; pages 20 and 22-30 for "Showdown in Dodge City" from Bat Masterson #6.
And there's much more, too much to relate it all here. "Jerry was dedicated throughout his career to elevating the art form to its deserved status as fine art." And you would be very impressed, as I have been, discovering some of his finest work is here in the above-listed obscure as well as iconic comics. Jerry was one of the first artists to write a history of newspaper comic strips: The Comics, way back in 1974.
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Item Code JERJH Publisher Dark Horse Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781506702254 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 152pg Color Partial Color
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