Monday, December 2, 2013

The Clown Prince Of Crime!


I picked up The Joker - Clowned Prince of Crime because frankly I always wanted to read these offbeat Bronze Age tales of Batman's top baddie. The Joker is the only comic book villain aside from possibly Lex Luthor who is at all well known by non-comic book folk. Thanks to Heath Ledger's striking performance, the Joker most folks know today is properly mad, murderous, and capricious, but not perhaps as madcap, gleeful, and outright zany as the wonderfully lithe pasty-faced baddie I grew up on.

No one in my opinion ever drew the Joker better than Irv Novick, whose style was perfect for the lanky villain. Novick draws most of these stories in this collection and he's the reason I mostly want to spend some quality time with one of the worst people in pop fiction.










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8 comments:

  1. Again, Rip, you and I seem to have the same shopping lists!! My copy should be arriving via Amazon any day now. Thanks for the head's up!

    Doug

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    1. You're very welcome. I find DC comics from this time to be a ton of fun. DC was a my favorite company for a few years here when they had all sizes of comics with loads of heroes.

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  2. Wow.. didn't know this was available in tradeback.. Must buy.

    I was going to start collecting the vintage issues.

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    1. Glad you can finally read these issues. Enjoy!

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  3. I got an email from our drone-delivering friends at Amazon -- my copy will be on my doorstep by Thursday!

    Doug

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    1. Anticipation is most of the fun in this hobby.

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  4. I saw this book in my local comics shop (Forbidden Planet) last week and was tempted to buy it. However, I have the first two or three issues of the title and I don't recall it being particularly memorable. I may well get it 'though, just to recapture a slice of the '70s.

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    1. The stories aren't earth-shaking, just solid examples of Bronze Age DC. The talent is rock solid on this brief run.

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