Jerry Robinson studied journalism at Columbia University when, at 17 in 1939, he began to work on Batman. Robinson created the Joker, named Robin and designed his costume. He also contributed to the creation of the Penguin, Scarecrow, Alfred, and the Batman mythos.
Robinson's award-winning political cartoons, Still Life and Life With Robinson, were syndicated daily for 32 years. He is the author/illustrator of 30 books, co-author of the musical Astra (later adapted to manga in Japan) and Co-Art Director of the one-hour animated film Stereotypes in Moscow. He received the NCS Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in 2004.
In 1978, he founded Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate/CartoonArts International, affiliated with the New York Times. Robinson is a past president of the National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. His books The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art and a collection of his sci-fi strip Jet Scott (both Dark Horse), and the biography Jerry Robinson: Cartoonist (Abrams), will be published in 2010.