Archive for the ‘The Joker’ Category


Here is the 1928 movie that inspired the creation of the Joker from Batman. This is also the first film in which Jack Pierce does the make up, including that for Conrad Veidt’s character.

To be honest I always thought that the Lon Chaney film Laugh Clown Laugh served as the inspiration for the Joker, until I saw this. Perhaps it was because Chaney was slated for the role that eventually went to Veidt. Chaney had signed a contract with MGM which meant that he could not work on this Universal film. Chaney also appeared as a clown in the earlier movie He Who Gets Slapped.

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I haven’t posted many comic book stories for a few months and with good reason. Both DC and Marvel have cracked down on these sorts of posts in recent months and lots of stuff that has been online for years has disappeared.

This story does feature some quite ugly art work, especially one of the drawings of the Joker on the last couple of pages. Some of the work evokes Dick Sprang but if I hazard a guess I would say Jerry Robinson was the main artist for this story.

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This is something that I originally posted on my other blog way back, but whoever posted it onto Youtube had it taken off. Back in the original incarnation of Sesame Street Filmation used to animate little segments featuring Batman and Superman. These segments had the superheros trying to teach important things to kids in the same spirit as Sesame Street.

Here we have Batman teach Robin about the safest way to cross the street. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to be worried about the Joker, who has been knocked over by a truck and fallen down a man hole. Poor Joker!

The Joker

Posted: March 11, 2009 in Batman, The Joker
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Here is the Joker’s entry from Who’s Who In The DCU from around 1986.

Batman’s Arabian Nights

Posted: February 23, 2009 in Batman, DC Comics, The Joker
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Here’s another Joker story that was referenced in Gaiman and Kubert’s ‘Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader’. I do have three of the four Joker stories that were referenced in that one panel by Kubert, although I’m not sure if I will post Gaggy’s moment of glory. I must say that Kubert must have just been looking at old Batman and Detective Comics covers when he did that panel, because if he had of read this story he would have realised that it does not feature the Joker as such, but instead time travel and some guy from 1000 years ago who looks like the Joker. It also features the Batman tickling the Joker doppelgagger.











The Joker Follows Suit

Posted: February 20, 2009 in Batman, DC Comics, The Joker
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It’s been a little while since I posted. I have been very busy and I really haven’t had much to blog about. Anyway here is an interesting story featuring the Clown Prince of Crime. This story was briefly referenced in the recent issue of Batman, “Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader?”













I am putting a brief hiatus on my posting of Joker stories. Whilst the Joker is undoubtedly my favourite of all comic book characters, I feel that I must move onto other things. I will still try to post at least one Joker story a week, and to do more features on the Clown Prince of Boners, but it won’t be as overwhelming as it has been over the last fortnight. I have been meaning to write something in depth, rather than just post scans of old comic stories, but have been a little too busy to do so. I will still do this, as well as look at the current runs of Grant Morrison and Paul Dini on Batman and Detective Comics respectively, as soon as I get the chance.

Here is the final Joker story for at least a week, The Man Who Wrote The Joker’s Jokes.