Jerry Robinson papers, 1942-1964
Sherrill David Robinson was born January 1, 1922. He briefly attended Columbia University (1940-1941) to study journalism
before leaving school to work with Batman creator Bob Kane as an inker and letterer for the book, and then at National Comics
as a staff illustrator. Robinson was instrumental in creating many of the Batman secondary characters and villains. Robinson
was president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1967 to 1969 and served a two-year term as president of the Association
of American Editorial Cartoonists starting in 1973. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004 and received
the Sparky Award for lifetime achievement from the Cartoon Art Museum in 2011. Robinson died in 2011 at the age of 89.
Scope and Contents
The Jerry Robinson collection contains a number of Batman scripts given to Robinson to illustrate. These include scripts from
the Batman book, but also a script for World's Finest Comics #16 which included Batman as a featured character. In addition
to the scripts, the collection includes coursework from high school and Robinson's time as a student at Columbia, as well
as notebooks, script ideas, and examples of Robinson's illustrating work outside of the comics.