Robbie spent his childhood in Harlem. He was an assiduous worker in order to succeed his studies and to impose himself in a world where it is difficult to be a black guy from Harlem. His passion for journalism began in high school. He worked in every subject even if it hurt his friends.
It happened one day when Joseph Robertson wrote an article on his friend Lonnie Thompson Lincoln ( Tombstone). Indeed Tombstone was a torturer with his classmates. Their friendship was over and Lonnie threatened Robbie. Joseph Robertson decided to not publish his article. Another time, Robbie saw Tombstone kill someone. Robbie was eventually succesfull in getting a good job and went away from his past and most luckily, from Tombstone.
Robbie Robertson was created by Stan Lee
and John Romita
and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #51
Mayor Story Arcs
The Daily Bugle
Joseph “Robbie” Robertson became a staffmember of a newspaper called the Daily Bugle. He became J. Jonah Jameson's right hand man, he publisher and owner of the paper. He was a man of integrity, thoughtful and staid, to most of the staff, he was the opposite of Jonah. Everybody loved him at Daily Bugle. Even if he is one of several redaction members he always says his way of mind. During J. Jonah Jameson newspaper attacks on Spider-Man throughout the years, Robbie was always the one who could tempers him and came up with another idea that was more thought through and did not involve bashing Spider-man for no reason. Nonetheless, it was J. Jonah Jameson who mostly took credit for those decisions afterwards. Jonah however sees Robbie as one of the thew people he really trusts and sees him as a true friend. It even came so far that Robbie threatened to leave if Jonah would publish a certain article about Spider-man. Jonah eventually lissened to Robbie and did not publish the article. Everybody who works for the Daily Bugle in New York knows Joseph Robertson has a great part in the success of Daily Bugle.
He kept his silence until Tombstone became a high criminal at New York. He decided to denounce him. Tombstone was incarcerated. But Robbie was incarcerated too by a judge corrupted by Kingpin. Robbie was jailed in the same prison as Tombstone. Lonnie forced Robbie to escape with him. Few miles from prison, Tombstone threatened an Amish family. It is too far for Joseph Robertson and hurt Tombstone with a fork. Severely injured, Lonnie was arrested and Robbie was discharged.
Everything was fine for Joseph Robertson until Norman Osborn bought the Daily Bugle. Robbie is a man of honor and principles. He decided to retire from Daily Bugle. He came back when J. Jonah Jameson retrieved his directory of Daily Bugle. Finally, there is still only one mystery around Joseph Robertson. It is probably certain that Robbie knows the truth about the double identity of Peter Parker. But he never revealed this information.
He currently works for Front Line, another newspaper company. He changed companies after J. Jonah Jameson was bought out of the newspaper and it was taken over by Dexter Bennet. He fell like he couldn't work in Dexter Bennet's hype styled way of journalism.
Earth 295: Age of apocalypse
He appears as one of few humans that survived Apocalypse´s North America invasion, he continues his work as a journalist. He helps Christopher Summers -father of prelates Summers- giving him information, shelter and weapons. Out of frame he is killed by Summers then he was infected by Brood. His dead body is found by Sinister´s Elite Mutant Force but it is knock off definitely by Aurora.
In earth 982, Robbie was killed by Doctor Octopus
Movies and TV
Robbie Robertson has appeared on both Spider-man the animated series, and the Spectacular Spider-man.
Spider-man Animated Series 1995
Robbie was a vital part of the show, but appeared younger then in the comics.
Robbie was portrayed by Bill Hun in Spider-man 1, 2 and 3.
Specatcular Spider-man Animated Series
In the live-action Spider Man film franchise, Robbie Robertson is played by Bill Nunn.