The Joker: Mindless anarchist or a product of society?
In the pantheons of superheroes and villains no two characters are more intertwined than Bruce Wayne/Batman and Arthur/Fleck The Joker. Whereas the hero Batman’s birth is a product of loss, The Joker is often given an ambiguous background, which changes and morphs within the confines of our times.
With the introduction of Batman in DC’s 1939 Detective Comics #27, Bob Kane, its creator and artist introduced comic-book lovers to new type of superhero. One without otherworldly super-powers! This character, whilst physically based on ‘swashbuckling’ heroes of the time like Zoro, had a dark backstory, with the loss of his parents being central to his motivations to uphold justice, and with came the need to create a counter-balance! A ying to his yang as it were!