The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime
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The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime

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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...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Universe
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The Joker is the greatest super villain in comic book history and I firmly believe that this isn't up for debate. Sure, there are more powerful villains. Maybe there are some that have achieved more (i.e. Doomsday did actually kill Superman). However, when it comes down to it, no one is as entertaining, twisted or as unpredictable as The Joker.

His ongoing (albeit never ending) rivalry with Batman has spanned nearly seventy-four years and has produced some of the most compelling storytelling in a...more
Awesome book. The ultimate guide about the Joker. Essential to any Batman fan. Excellent work of this line Universe from Rizzoli publications. So far DK is the leader on this kind of books, but you can bet that this one is as good as those and maybe even better. The reference guide take you through the whole development of the Clown Prince of Crime, from his appearances on the comic books and his transition to other media like live action TV, live action Films, animated TV series and beyond. A r...more
Ruby-Mae Roberts
I've always been a huge fan of The Joker and often end up reluctantly seduced by his captivating craziness.

So when I saw there was a whole book dedicated to my favourite psychopathic murderer I snapped it up and am thoroughly glad I did.

It's absolutely fascinating!
Un héroe es tan relevante como lo es su villano. Y por eso Batman es el mejor, por que tiene al Joker.
Esencial para seguidores de la mitología del caballero de la noche. Excelente arte y análisis de un verdadero sociopata. El mejor villano del fantástico mundo de los cómics.
Mi regalo de cumpleaños número 30.
Dave Sippel
Anything that you could ever want to know about the top villain in DC Comics is right here. "The Joker: A Visual History of the Clown Prince of Crime" takes the reader from the Joker's first appearances in the 1940s comic books, through the silly 1960s TV show, to today's dark and gritty comics and movies.

I found it fascinating how art and story telling had changed so much over the decades, with the Joker starting out as a ruthless murderer, then changing to a prankster and then back to a socio...more
Justyn Rampa
So I finished it and for the most part, I really enjoyed it.

It does purport itself to be a visual history and to that extent it succeeds, although there were a handful of repeated images which I mean...I don't know, with several decades worth of Joker images, I don't suspect you would need to repeat but that's just me.

Daniel Wallace does a very good job of researching Joker and presenting the information in an organized and insightful way. It would be hard to be given the task to write about a v...more
A nice book with fabulous artwork and an ok history. It would have made sense if it had written the history of the Joker in complete chronological order, OR if it had broken it down by category and then written a history within that category, but it somehow tried to do both, making it feel haphazard. I also would have enjoyed more of a discussion on the history of the visual style of the Joker, since I kind of thought that's what the book would focus on.

If I had one other complaint, it would be...more
A great overview of the Joker, with an introduction by the voice of the man himself, Mark Hamill. Art of all kinds is on every page in this collection, from the campy comics of the Golden Age to the dark, girtty comics of the last few years, to screenshots from Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. We get not only a history of the Joker's appearances in comics, television, and film, but also an examination of his interactions with other comic book characters. A nice read...more
The book is well-designed and features some very nice art, though very little of it is of the "rarely seen" variety. Unfortunately, the book is marred by numerous factual errors and writing that is rather clunky at times. I recommend checking the book out to admire its design and the wealth of nice art present within its pages, and weighing your options carefully before spending any money on it.
Always has and always will be my favourite villain. The images are amazing throughout this.
Brittany Vengeance
As a Batman fan and a Joker lover, there was nothing more enjoyable for me on my day off. It was very informative on all things Joker, the art was crazy, and if nothing else, it was a sweet escape to my favorite place ever, Gotham City.
I finished reading this book in a couple hours. It is so enticing and encapsulates the history of the Joker very well. The illustrations included are brilliant and you would want to read this again!
Joe Juarez
Love this book! Batman really needs this clown for his own benefit, the benefit of keeping us entertained and in suspense. In my opinion, the best Batman villain ever.
El Neo
Apr 02, 2013 El Neo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This book was fun! Lots of great illustrations from some of my favourite artist. I was smiling as if a victim of Joker Venom! X)
Bob Hartley
Fucking sick book. Easily one of the most interesting characters from any canon, coming in many incarnations.
Luke McGrath
Loads of great detail and artwork but a little scattershot in its approach.
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