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The Joker

The Clown Prince of Crime



The Creation of the Joker

The dominate story of the creation of The Joker is that artist Jerry Robinson, who worked for Batman creator Bob Kane as an inker, had the idea for the character. Bob Kane long disputed this story, saying that he and frequent Batman writer Bill Finger came up with the character, and that Robinson only added the playing card element.

Robinson's claim is that he developed The Joker character through rough sketches and story ideas, and after talking with Batman writer Bill Finger, Finger suggested to visually base the character's visage on the appearance of the sympathetic silent-movie character Gwynplaine who is scarred with a permanent smile in the film The Man Who Laughs. In the 1928 silent film, Gwynplaine travels in a circus and the story itself is in the vein of other popular circus titles of the silent era (like the Lon Chaney Sr films "He Who Gets Slapped" and "Laugh Clown Laugh.")

Conrad Veidt the Man Who Laughs


Robinson's story about the creation of the Joker:

Robinson had wanted to write the original story that introduced The Joker, but competing deadlines for both Batman art and Robinson's journalism school requirements resulted in Finger writing the first appearance which utilized a number of Robinson's ideas, particularly the Joker playing card as a symbol of the sinister serial-murderer.

Bob Kane on the making of the Joker

Bob Kane's claim is that Bill Finger owned a book with a photo of actor Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine, and that he and Finger worked on the character before Robinson added the playing card, and that principally it is he (Kane) and Finger who created the character.

Changes

During the "golden-age" of comic books, by the 1950s the Joker was often depicted as actually "funny" (though usually as the butt of 1950's humor) during that phase of DC Comics history.

Since the "new look Batman" of the 1960s, though, the Joker is more traditionally used as a pathological killer-opposite to Batman, which reflects his gritty and psychotic origins.

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Original page April 2012 | Updated May 2019


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The 18 Films:

  1. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  2. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
  3. Batman: Gotham Knight
  4. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  5. Batman: Under the Red Hood
  6. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
  7. Batman: Year One
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1
  9. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
  10. Son of Batman
  11. Batman: Assault on Arkham
  12. Batman vs. Robin
  13. Batman: Bad Blood
  14. Batman: The Killing Joke
  15. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
  16. Batman and Harley Quinn
  17. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
  18. Batman Ninja

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