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The Joker

The Jokers – Heather Ledger & Joaquin Phoenix

Published by DC Comics and first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman in April 25, 1940, the Joker is a supervillain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson. He was planned to be killed off during his initial appearance, but he was spared by editorial intervention, allowing the character to endure as the archenemy of the superhero Batman.

Introduced as a psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor, the character became a goofy prankster in the late 1950s in response to regulation by the Comics Code Authority, before returning to his darker roots during the early 1970s.

Jerry Robinson’s 1940 concept sketch of the Joker
Cover of Batman #251 featuring “The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge”, which returned the Joker to his homicidal roots – Art by Neal Adams (September 1973)

The Joker possesses no superhuman abilities, instead using his expertise in chemical engineering to develop poisonous or lethal concoctions and thematic weaponry, including razor-tipped playing cards, deadly joy buzzers, and acid-spraying lapel flowers.

He has been adapted to serve as Batman’s adversary in live-action, animated, and video game incarnations, including the 1960s Batman television series played by Cesar Romero and in films by Jack Nicholson in Batman — 1989 — and by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight — 2008. The character was adapted into his own 2019 standalone film, Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the role of Arthur Fleck, which provides a possible origin story for the character. Both Ledger and Phoenix won an Academy Award for their portrayal of the character, making the Joker the second character to have its actor win an Academy Award more than once — the first being Vito Corleone from The Godfather series.

Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix – Photo: Ron Wolfson/WireImage
Jack Nicholson – Batman (1989)
The Shining JokerErtan Atay
Here’s Arthur (feat. Jack Torrance from The ShiningButcher Billy
The Creation of the new Joker – Miguel Angel
Joker at the School of Athens (Raphael) – INBM
Joker x The ScreamHayati Evren
The Starry Knight – Vartan Garnikyan
Mona Lisa JokerAlex Gross
Put on a Happy Face… Joker – Ellejart
Interrogation – Edy Hardjo
Joker in Marrakesh (Morocco) – Yassine Chahboune
Jokers (Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix)Gedogfx
Jokers (Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix)Gedogfx
Joker at the Club – Ertan Atay
Saint Joker (Joaquin Phoenix)Gedogfx
Little Joker – Xu Jianbao
Jokes – from Joker movie
JokHerButcher Billy
Variations of The Joker – Pedro Demetriou
Old Joker – Lesya Guseva
The Madness Pt 1 (Arthur Fleck, Alex DeLarge, Travis Bickle and Patrick Bateman at the Korova Milk Bar) – Steve Fagiano
5 Jokers – PZNS
Joker’s Funhouse – Paul Hetherington

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