The Joker: How a “Typical Hoodlum” Character of the ‘40s Attained Cult Status Today

The Joker: The Clown Prince of DC, and How He Came To Be

From the time of his introduction in the Detective Comics in the 1940s, the Joker is a character that has both fascinated and repelled the collective psyche of the fans of the comic subculture and beyond.

In a new study titled The Sign of the Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime as a Sign published in the Brill Research Perspectives series, Joel West of the University of Toronto, Canada, analyzes the history and personality of the character, speculates on the character’s sexuality, and ultimately suggests what exactly gave the Joker his iconic status today.

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