9. The Joker Ma sk from Arkha m Asy­lum, 1989

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

By tak­ing a sur­pris­ing, sub­ver­sive out­sider’s per­spec­tive, the Brit Pack seem to have de­vel­oped a spe­cial love-hate re­la­tion­ship with Amer­ica’s su­per­hero icons. In their sem­i­nal graphic novel Arkham Asy­lum, Grant Mor­ri­son and Dave McKean twisted the never-end­ing bat­tle be­tween Bat­man and the Joker into a provoca­tive, magic-in­spired psy­chodrama. As well as dis­play­ing Mor­ri­son’s orig­i­nal out­line script and one of Aleis­ter Crow­ley’s painted tarot cards in­cor­po­rated into the book, we were lucky enough to bor­row this gri­mac­ing model of the Joker’s face which McKean mod­elled and pho­tographed for his stun­ning pages.

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