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The Evolution of The Joker: Still Crazy After All These Years – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

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Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery is a twisted trip through the darkness and horror of modern life; for every anxiety that plagues us, there’s a Batman baddie to personify it, accumulating the most impressive array of villains in comics. And standing out like a knife glinting in the darkness is the Joker. With a new metamorphosis in the works in the 52 and the HC edition of The Joker: A Visual History of The Clown Prince of Crime now in bookstores (remember them?) it seems like a capital time to look at the various interpretations of the Joker throughout the years.

The Joker was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane — Robinson and Kane disagreed on who did what exactly, but the initial sketch came from Robinson, which reminded Finger of a 1928 German Expressionist film called The Man Who Laughs, and the ghastly appearance of the lead actor, Conrad Veidt. The figure of the Joker was immediately arresting, his pale, cachinnatory psychoses wet and apparent at first glance and cast an interesting visual dichotomy with The Batman. Batman, was dark, and physically menacing while this new breed of villain was a gleaming pop of color and life.

via The Evolution of The Joker: Still Crazy After All These Years – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews.

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Written by edparnell

November 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Posted in Books, Cool

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