Clown Prince of Crime: The Joker’s Closet Plate No. 3

Joker_03_thumbMonday Mayhem continues with a new plate for Mistah J.  I’m pretty sue I’ve mentioned in the past that the 1940s were kind weird. Comic books with pretty silly and the wackier they were the better. Batman was especially infused with some bizarre concepts. It was an “anything-goes” era as editors tried to capture the zeitgeist (this got even worse in the 50s when science fiction was in vogue).

These two costumes are typical of Joker’s fare in the early days. He was always assuming crazy disguises and popping up in unexpected places. It became pretty much a schtick for Batman to be pursuing some criminal only for the baddie to be revealed at the Joker.

The artist gag actually made it into the Batman movie from 1989, though Jack Nicholson didn’t have a palette full of little guns, so it wasn’t nearly as cool ~ ha! And for heaven’s sake, put the smock over some other piece of clothing ~ we don’t want the Joker to catch a chill!

As usual: to find the doll for this series, click the Joker link in the tags or in the Category listing to the right.

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  • Julie Matthews

    The smock is fantastic. Will you add costumes from the Adam West era? THAT was a creepy Joker! My mother watched the tv series as a kid and insisted on watching reruns of it, so I’ve seen way more of it than I care to admit.

    • ha! yes, i totally watched Batman ’66 back in the day when i was a kid. will probably get there eventually with this character. would have to trawl the series since i don’t recall too many of his get-ups in that.

  • RLC

    Love Love Love the artist’s smock and those tiny guys are so cute and… weird. The Joker has always struck me as a character who can come off as “zany” or “terrifying” and it is kinda a matter of how he is written.

    • absolutely! i think his versatility is what’s lent itself to his longevity. i like him zany and terrifying in equal measures: the best of all worlds ~ ha!