The Man Who Laughs: The Changing Face of the Joker, from Gangster to Terrorist

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  • Song Name: The Man Who Laughs
  • Artist: Darren R. Reid
  • Album: American Studies and History Podcast
  • Year: 2012

The second American Studies lecture again looks at classic American comic books, this time turning its attention on Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker. Throughout his long career the Joker has been portrayed as everything from a Chicago-inspired gangster, to traumatised victim, and ruthless terrorist - in this lecture we explore how each of those images reflected huge social and cultural changes in America.