December saw the passing of two legends of the comic book world.
Artist Jerry Robinson (born Serrill David Robinson), best known for his creation of Batman villain The Joker in 1940, passed away on December 7. Robinson is also credited with coming up with the name Robin for Batman’s sidekick, as well as contributing to the creation of Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth and the scarred villain Harvey Dent/Two-Face. He was a strong advocate of creators’ rights and was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.
Just one week later, on December 14, Joseph Henry “Joe” Simon, the co-creator (along with comic legend Jack Kirby) of Captain America also passed away. In addition to creating the Star Spangled Hero, Simon also worked for DC Comics on such titles as Sandman, Newsboy Legion and Manhunter as well as Captain Marvel for Fawcett Comics. Working with Kirby, Simon also pioneered the Romance and Horror comic genres. Simon was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999.