Jerry Robinson, the man who helped create the Robin and Joker you see in Batman comics, has died.
The 89-year-old Trenton native died in his sleep Wednesday in a New York hospice, the Associated Press reports.
Aside from his famous illustrations, Robinson is credited with helping artists get recognition for their work. In the ’30s and ’40s, publishers owned the rights to images, which they would discard after using.
Robinson was only 17 when he started working with Batman creator Bob Kane, but the two have butted heads over who was the first to sketch the Joker.
More recently, Robinson wrote The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art, and curated gallery exhibits.