The Joker

Author: Matthew Manning
Publisher: Universe Pub
ISBN: 0789322471
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Explores the character of the Joker and his significance as the quintessential villain.

The Joker

Author: Robert Moses Peaslee
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1626746796
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Along with Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman, the Joker stands out as one of the most recognizable comics characters in popular culture. While there has been a great deal of scholarly attention on superheroes, very little has been done to understand supervillains. This is the first academic work to provide a comprehensive study of this villain, illustrating why the Joker appears so relevant to audiences today. Batman’s foe has cropped up in thousands of comics, numerous animated series, and three major blockbuster feature films since 1966. Actually, the Joker debuted in DC comics Batman 1 (1940) as the typical gangster, but the character evolved steadily into one of the most ominous in the history of sequential art. Batman and the Joker almost seemed to define each other as opposites, hero and nemesis, in a kind of psychological duality. Scholars from a wide array of disciplines look at the Joker through the lens of feature films, video games, comics, politics, magic and mysticism, psychology, animation, television, performance studies, and philosophy. As the first volume that examines the Joker as complex cultural and cross-media phenomenon, this collection adds to our understanding of the role comic book and cinematic villains play in the world and the ways various media affect their interpretation. Connecting the Clown Prince of Crime to bodies of thought as divergent as Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche, contributors demonstrate the frightening ways in which we get the monsters we need.

The Joker

Author: Harry Eiss
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 144389429X
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To prepare for the role of the Joker, Heath Ledger locked himself in a London hotel room, trying to understand and become a character he saw as “an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown” who was not intimidated by anything and found all of life “a big joke.” In the end, Ledger’s obsession with his role contributed to his own death from drugs before The Dark Knight was released. The connections and irony are too close to ignore. The movie gives the world a curious twist on the roles of Batman and the Joker. It’s politically incorrect, and yet emotionally the Joker’s insanity becomes more endearing than Batman’s noble sacrifice. What is it? Why does this psychopath seem to have a sense of higher truths in his insanity? This is the role of the Joker or the Fool, a standard character in theatre, and a role consciously adopted by serious artists since the late 1800s. Just as Shakespeare’s Fool in King Lear used his riddles and puns and satire to reveal the truths the royal leaders of his world could not or refused to see, today’s artists are both revealing the darkness within the culture and offering a way out. Waiting for Godot has been proclaimed the greatest play of the twentieth century. But there are no great roles in it, no characters representing the equivalent of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rather, the two main characters are closer to T. S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock, who says he cannot be a Hamlet, only, perhaps, Hamlet’s Fool. This book explores what has happened as Europe’s culture fragmented and the world lost its center. It explores a range of different arenas, from political and social and religious happenings to scientific and artistic expressions, in order to find the centers of the human condition and how the dark expressions of meaninglessness so commonly highlighted are more rites-of-passage than the final destination.

The Joker Quiz Book

Author: Wayne Wheelwright
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1782346716
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This book contains 100 questions on what is one of the most popular villains ever printed. Batman's nemesis the Joker. Questions on the comics and his various TV and movie appearances.

The Joker S Dozen

Author: Laurie S. Sutton
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1434297071
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The Joker has transformed ordinary citizens of Gotham City into laughing accomplices, and the reader must help Batman choose how to defeat his rapidly multiplying enemies.

The Joker

Author: Andrew Hudgins
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476712727
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"Since Andrew Hudgins was a child, he was a compulsive joke teller, so when he sat down to write about jokes, he found that he was writing about himself--what jokes taught him and mistaught him, how they often delighted him but occasionally made him nervous with their delight in chaos and sometimes anger. Because Hudgins's father, a West Point graduate, served in the US Air Force, his family moved frequently; he learned to relate to other kids by telling jokes and watching how his classmates responded. And jokes opened him up to the serious, taboo subjects that his family didn't talk about openly--religion, race, sex, and death. Hudgins tells and analyzes the jokes that explore the contradictions in the Baptist religion he was brought up in, the jokes that told him what his parents would not tell him about sex, and the racist jokes that his uncle loved, his father hated, and his mother, caught in the middle, was ambivalent about. This book is both a memoir and a meditation on jokes and how they educated,delighted, and occasionally horrified him as he grew"--

The Joker

Author: Edgar Wallace
Publisher: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755115015
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Millionaire Stratford Harlow is in Princetown. He meets with his lawyer Ellenbury, and gets his first glimpse of Aileen, niece of the actor and convicted felon Arthur Ingle. When Aileen is involved in a car accident, the driver is James Carlton of Scotland Yard. Later Carlton gets a call. It is Aileen. She needs help.

Batman Battles The Joker

Author: Laurie S. Sutton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1481480146
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"It’s Halloween night in Gotham City, but Batman isn’t getting any treats. A crime spree has Batman on the trail of the city’s spookiest villains: Scarecrow, Clayface, Silver Banshee, and Solomon Grundy. They are all working for the Joker, who wants to unleash a computer virus and “digital laughter” that will give him control over all of Gotham City’s technology! Joining forces with the Green Arrow, Cyborg, Nightwing, and Red Robin, can Batman save Gotham City? Find out in this thrilling chapter book with full-color interior illustrations!" --

Did You See The Joker

Author: Saikat Baksi
Publisher: Pustak Mahal
ISBN: 8122311768
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The girl whispered, I love you. It took a while for the words to sink in his consciousness. When they did, he broke into a brief silent smile. The trace of dismissive scorn did not miss the girl. She repeated, I loved you .... from the moment I saw you there at the corner table. He watched her with an amused mocking glint and said in a slurred voice, It's okay. I paid you already. You know, he looked exactly like you, calm, serene, simple, sitting at that corner hidden in the darkness watching me. He was the one who took my virginity. He stopped for a moment and listened. In a stupor of inebriation, it sounded like a true account. He said he loved me. He used to come every night. He bought me this gold chain you see. The girl pointed at her neck. There was a scar at her neck and there was also a thin gold chain resting on her bare chest. Ceaseless flow of life swirls around the bends of tears and laughter, vengeance and passion, hatred and love. Yet it flows ... nothing can stop it. Nothing can block it. The eternal flow holds the wavering reflection of the joker...

The Dark Knight Batman Fights The Joker Virus

Author: Scott Peterson
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1434240967
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The Joker has created a virus that infects the latest videogame craze, and turns players into zombies--but in order to defeat him Batman must first discover where he is hiding with the kidnapped creator of the videogame.