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Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; y First printing edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810977648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810977648
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

N. C. Christopher Couch teaches the history of comics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is coauthor of The Will Eisner Companion. He lives in Astoria, New York, and Florence, Massachusetts.

 

Pete Hamill is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books. He lives in New York City.

 

Dennis O’Neil is an influential writer and editor of Batman comics. He lives in Nyack, New York.

 


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N. C. Christopher Couch holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University, and is the author of numerous books and articles on comic art, graphic novels, and Latin American art. His most recent book, Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics (Abrams 2010), on the artist and humanitarian famed for his Expressionist Batman and creation of the Joker, was a Harvey Award finalist and was featured in a New York Times profile of Robinson. As senior editor at Kitchen Sink Press, he worked with Will Eisner, about whom he has published two co-authored volumes, including The Will Eisner Companion (2005, with Stephen Weiner). He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Dumbarton Oaks of Harvard University, and the Newberry Library among others. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Trinity College in Hartford, and in the Care Center Clemente Program, Holyoke, MA, and has curated exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History and other art and science museums.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jerry Robinson was born. Created the Joker. Then Disappeared. That was about as much as I knew about the guy before I cracked open the cover of "Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics." Oh how little I knew...

I did not know, for instance, that Jerry Robinson was the real-life inspiration for the scene in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, where a group of artists packed into a small room, cooking eggs on bathroom wall tiles, while trying to finish a marathon project in just one weekend. I didn't know that Jerry Robinson taught for years at the School of Visual Arts and counted amongst his students Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Jack Abel, Marie Severin and Stan Goldberg. I didn't know that he wrote one of the first histories of comic art, The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art. I didn't know that he had a long career as a political cartoonist, doing the strips "Still Life" and "Life with Robinson." Or that he spent time in the New York theater scene, doing "Theater Life with Robinson" sketching some of Broadway's greatest performers.

Really, I knew nothing at all.

Which is why I enjoyed this book immensely. Much more than I thought I would. Jerry Robinson is so much more than "the guy who created The Joker," and has had a long and fascinating life and career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hwy61Joe on December 29, 2011
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As a huge fan of superhero comicbooks I knew Jerry Robinson as the creator of The Joker...and that's about it. I expected the origin of The Joker and Robinson's contributions to the early adventures of Batman to dominate this book. Boy was I wrong! Jerry Robinson is one of the most important figures in the history of the comics: comicbooks, comic strips, editorial cartoons, etc. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of the medium should buy this book and educate themselves about one of the legends of the industry! Full of fantastic pictures, illustrations, sketches and reproductions of strips and comic pages throughout.
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By Mark Saskin on February 15, 2014
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the book was an absolute joy.
A soup to nuts history of Jerry Robinson!
I will never look at the Joker the same again!
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Amazon.com allows all collectors of any milleau extraordinary books at extraordinary prices. This book is no exception. If you loved the Golden Age of DC Comics, you will love this book. In vivid detail, coupled with extraordinary pictures of Batman-related artwork, this book is a keeper. Whether you are a collector or just a reader of Batman comics, this book is a diamond and certainly a treasure.
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