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.