Batman's Joker once described himself as a man of simple tastes: "I like dynamite and gunpowder." Despite his twisted inclinations, the psychopathic archenemy of the Caped Crusader has become an indispensable part of the superhero pantheon. In fact, he has topped lists of the 100 Greatest Villains of All-Time, and every year on Halloween, thousands mimic his malevolent frolics. Matthew Manning's visual history of this twisted master criminal shows how the Joker has evolved since his first appearances as an eccentric bad guy in the forties to the full-fledged psychotic killer of today. (P.S. Apparently, we live in the golden age of the Joker: He stars in the new Arkham Asylum video game and promises to have a central devilish part in next summer's Batman movie.)
The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crimeby Daniel Wallace
A comprehensive look at the greatest comic book villain . . . ever. Since his first appearance in 1940’s Batman #1, the Joker stands alone as the most hated, feared, and loved villain in the DC Universe. Though his true origins may be unknown, the Clown Prince of Crime’s psychotic appearances in hundreds of comic books has shaped the way we look at
A comprehensive look at the greatest comic book villain . . . ever. Since his first appearance in 1940’s Batman #1, the Joker stands alone as the most hated, feared, and loved villain in the DC Universe. Though his true origins may be unknown, the Clown Prince of Crime’s psychotic appearances in hundreds of comic books has shaped the way we look at Batman, comic books, and ourselves. Indeed, a hero is only as good as his nemesis, so the Joker’s heinous crimes, including murdering the second Robin and paralyzing Batgirl, have elevated Batman to the highest levels of crime-fighting, and we, the readers, to the finest levels of quality pop-culture entertainment.
The Joker is the first retrospective chronicling one of the most groundbreaking and game-changing villains of all time, and contains images from his more than seventy years in comics by comic book artists and writers such as Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang, Grant Morrison, Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Brian Azzarello, Bruce Timm, and Paul Dini. Also included are images from his various film, television, animated, and video game incarnations, such as the timeless interpretations by Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger, who won his posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight. This book is a must-have for fans and anyone who wants to die laughing.
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Daniel Wallace is a comic book expert and author or coauthor of more than two dozen books.
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