10 Greatest Batman Covers by Jerry Robinson

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10 Greatest Batman Covers by Jerry Robinson

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 One of the most important creators in the history of Batman comic books was Jerry Robinson. He joined the character early on as Bob Kane's art assistant, drawing backgrounds for Kane. Soon, as Kane's workload increased (as the demand for Batman stories similarly increased), Robinson began inking Kane. Along the way, Robinson began contributing story ideas and character designs of his own. He was a key figure in the creation of the Joker. He eventually was hired away from Kane to work directly for National Comics (the precursor to DC Comics), drawing Batman stories and covers. He eventually left comic books entirely for an acclaimed career as an editorial cartoonist. During his time on Batman, though, he left a sizable impact, including some memorable covers. Here, then, are his 10 greatest covers (with his connection to the character of the Joker, you better believe there will be a sizable chunk of Joker covers on the list). 

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10. Detective Comics #68

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Jerry Robinson was responsible for the very first cover appearance of Two-Face, in this historic cover (this story was on our list of the most essential Two-Face stories). Besides the historic nature of the cover, it is not the most 

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9. Batman #16

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While an excellent cover in and of itself, this Robinson cover is hurt a little bit, ranking-wise, by the fact that it is "just" a reverse angle version of a cover that Robinson had inked of the great Fred Ray. The Ray cover is renowned as one of the ten best Batman covers ever, but Robinson's riff on Ray's cover is still a great cover on its own. 

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8. Batman #37

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As noted before, Robinson played a key role in the creation of the Joker, including designing Joker's trademark playing card. So a number of his Batman covers featured the Clown Prince of Crime, including this one, his final Batman cover, depicting the Joker co-opting Batman's Batmobile, Batplane and even the Bat-Signal!

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7. Detective Comics #74

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 Robinson does a wonderful job with the sheer grotesque nature of these new Batman villains, based on Lewis Carroll's Wonderland stories, Tweeledum and Tweedledee. 

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6. Batman #14

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 Early Batman covers were impressively willing to break the fourth wall on more than one occasion, and this Robinson cover is one of the more interesting attempts at this approach (sadly, the first page of the comic did not feature Penguin on it, that's the sort of thing that comic book publishers would not be able to coordinate until decades later). 

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5. Detective Comics #70

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 In an era known for often sparse backgrounds (even a number of Robinson covers fit that bill), Robinson also delivered a number of rather lavish pieces like this one. It is particularly impressive in his willingness to use the whole cover, even if it means obscuring the logo. 

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4. Detective Comics #64

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Another one of Robinson's strikingly vibrant action-oriented covers. Interestingly enough, Batman and Robin seem to be close to the same type of rocket plane that seemingly killed Captain America's sidekick, Bucky, over at Marvel Comics.  

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3. Detective Comics #71

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 This inventive cover shows again how good Robinson was when he was working with the Joker. This cover has been homaged a number of times over the years.

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2. Batman #17

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 There is a reason I had this cover ranked #1 on our list of the Greatest Batman World War II covers. It's Batman and Robin riding a freakin' bald eagle to support the war effort! There is nothing that is NOT awesome about that, except perhaps for Robinson having to sign the cover with Bob Kane's name. 

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1. Detective Comics #69

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 This inventive re-imagining of he Joker as Aladdin's genie by Robinson is regarded as one of the 50 greatest Batman covers of all-time