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Comics artist Jerry Robinson, creator of the Joker and Robin, died peacefully last night. He was 87 years old.
Robinson joined DC comics in 1939 at the age of 17, and would continue his comics career through the rest of the 20th century. At the time, "Batman" was gaining popularity, and DC was asked to make the stories more kid-friendly, and to add a good villain. Robinson set to work, basing the new character on the recently released film "The Man Who Laughs," and Batman's most iconic adversary was born.
You will be missed, Mr. Robinson. The comics world was lucky to have you.
Mary Tamm passed away today at the age of 62 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Tamm played the Doctor's companion Romana, alongside Tom Baker. A phenomenal actress, she also had roles on Wire in the Blood, Eastenders, and many great live theatre productions, including Private Lives and Abigail's Party.
"On set and offstage, her earthy northern humour and self-deprecating wit brightened every occasion. She was a consummate actress, and immensely popular in the profession," said her husband, Marcus Ringrose. "We will all miss her."
Composer Joel Goldsmith passed away on Sunday at the age of 54 from cancer. He composed the music for over 330 episodes of Stargate from the original series through Stargate Universe. He also wrote the music for several other movies, TV shows, and video games. He even collaborated with his father, Jerry Goldsmith, on Star Trek: First Contact.
David Hewlett, who played Dr. Rodney McKay in all three Stargate series, tweeted "So sad to hear about Joel Goldsmith. His music made our adventures through the Stargates truly magnificent!"
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Fantasy author, Anne McCaffrey passed away today at the age of 85. Best known for her "Dragonriders of Pern" series, McCaffrey began her writing career in 1967 with the publication of "Restoree," her first novel. She was rumored to be working on a new installment of the "Pern" series.
Thanks for creating such amazing worlds for us to inhabit every once in a while, Mrs. McCaffrey. You will be missed.