jerry-robinson-batman-artist-joker (2).jpgJerry Robinson, the artist who helped create Batman universe characters Robin and The Joker, has died at the age of 89, reports the AP. Robinson died in his sleep Wednesday night (Dec. 7) at the New York hospice where he lived.

“Jerry brought a realism to comics – and a sense of humor,” Charles Kochman, editor of Abrams Comic Arts, tells the AP. Abrams Comic Arts last year published a book called “Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics.”

When Robinson was hired by Batman creator Bob Kane, he was only 17 years old. The two met at a resort in the Catskills where Robinson had a job selling ice cream. He garnered Kane’s attention because his white jacket was decorated with his own illustrations.

Later in life, Robinson taught at New York’s School of Visual Arts and also began curating gallery exhibits of comic strip and comic book art. He was conducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.