by Mike Hansen
I was saddened to learn of the passings of three comics greats in the last several days: Jerry Robinson, Joe Simon, and Eduardo Barreto. All contributed in significant ways to the comics I’ve enjoyed.
The comics and outside press has been doing a fine job honoring these men. DC Comics, on the other hand, was very careful in its praise of Robinson, never actually calling him the CREATOR of any of its characters or work – despite the fact that, as far as the rest of the planet is concerned, Robinson is unquestionably the creator of the Joker, one of comics’ greatest icons. Sigh…
Let’s see if the praise for Simon’s many creations and contributions to comics are properly recognized. Marvel has fought Simon’s ownership of Captain America for decades; I hope Marvel will honor him better in death.
- R.I.P. Joe Simon, Co-Creator of Captain America and Countless Other Heroes [Obituary] (io9.com)
- Obituary: Captain America co-creator Joe Simon dies aged 98 (100gf.wordpress.com)
- Captain America Creator Joe Simon, 1913-2011 (tor.com)
- AICN COMICS pays tribute to a fallen comic book icon, Jerry Robinson… (aintitcool.com)
- ‘Captain America’ Co-Creator Joe Simon Is Dead (huffingtonpost.com)
- R.I.P. Les Daniels (alldaycomics.com)
- R.I.P. Comics Artist Minck Oosterveer (alldaycomics.com)
- R.I.P. Jerry Robinson (goodcomics.comicbookresources.com)
- Jerry Robinson 1922-2011 (tor.com)
- Jerry Robinson, cartonist and Batman collaborator: an appreciation (csmonitor.com)