Jerry Robinson’s comic book collection
Jerry Robinson’s comic book collection consists of works gathered from the ‘golden age’of comic books, including Robinson’s own work. Jerry Robinson
Jerry Robinson (1922-present) is an American comic book artist, writer, historian and curator.
He was “the primary artist for the majority of the early appearances of Batman and the creator of such iconic villains as the Joker”.
Robinson began his career as a comic book artist whilst studying journalism at Columbia University.
Robinson played a key role in the success of Batman, and was a central figure in the creation of Batman’s sidekick, Robin and worked on all the early issues featuring appearances of Catwoman, the Penguin and the Batmobile.
Robinson is ranked among the 100 greatest comic book artists of all time and many of his comic book covers are still considered classics.
He has been described by All Star Auctions as “a legend in the field and a real life Super Hero”.
Alongside the ink-on-board works, Robinson collected a number of copies of Batman 1-12, early Detective Comics, Superman and other key DC titles and Golden Age titles.
Assembled over 67 years, The Robinson Collection is described by All Star Auctions as “unique in its coverage of the nucleus and origins of comic books”.
In contrast to many people working in the early days of the comic book industry, Robinson refused to throw out original artwork and copies of comics.
His awareness of the qualities required in order to create successful works led him to retain many of the original art works, drawn in Indian ink on thick board.
Robinson’s collection thus began not as an investment or even as a deliberate collection, but to avoid the alternative of binning the work of himself and his colleagues.
In November 2010, Robinson announced that he would be auctioning two iconic pieces from his collection through the ComicConnect website.
The two are the original art for the ‘Patriotic Shield’ cover of Superman #14 and the ‘Double Guns’ Joker cover of Detective Comics #69.
ComicConnect’s Rob Reynolds described the Superman cover as “THE most important piece of surviving original comic art in existence” and the Joker cover as “mind-blowingly rare and historic."
Robinson commented "I've saved them and preserved them for 70 years … these are some of the earliest and maybe the most historical pieces of that period ever saved.”