Joker: A Visual History

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Joaquin Phoenix may be the third Joker in a live-action movie over the past 11 years, but the fact is there have been a ton of variations on the Joker over the years.

Ever since he first made his way to comic book pages in 1940’s Batman #1, Joker has become one of the most iconic villains in history. Even if you’ve never seen a Batman movie or read a comic, you probably know who Joker is.

It’d take a village to round up EVERY appearance of Joker from over the decades as thousands of artists have given their take on the Clown Prince of Crime, but IGN has assembled 35 of the most noteworthy versions of the character from the classic era to today. From LEGOs to video games to anime and fan films, here is a visual evolution of the Joker:

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