Jerry Robinson was an accomplished artist, writer, historian and curator. Jerry served as President and Editorial Director of Cartoon Arts International and Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate (CWS), affiliated with New York Times Features Service, which syndicates and exhibits the work of 350 leading cartoonists and graphic artists from fifty countries. He negotiated the first regular use of foreign cartoons in the Russian and Chinese language press. While a journalism student at Columbia University, Robinson began his cartooning career at age seventeen on the original Batman comic book in 1939 for which he created the Joker, comics’ first supervillain. He named Batman’s protégé, Robin, and designed his costume. Jerry also served as Creative Consultant to DC Comics. Among Robinson’s thirty published works isThe Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art(Putnam), acclaimed as the definitive study of the genre. His other books include the biography,Skippy and Percy Crosby (Holt), and The 1970s: Best Political Cartoons of the Decade (McGraw Hill). Three new books have been released in 2010: a two-volume set of his 1950s sci-fi strip, Jet Scott (Dark Horse) and a biography, Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics (Abrams). In spring 2011, Dark Horse will publish a 400-page updated edition of The Comics.