The Killing Joke was a 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland. The story told how the Joker came to be the Clown Prince of Crime. Other than an interesting origin story, the book also featured one of the most famous scenes in the history of comics: Joker shooting Barbara Gordon (which would in turn lead to her becoming the hero Oracle). Almost as famous as its contents is the over image, captured for the first time as an ARTFX Statue!
This upcoming statue brings the maniacal clown to life as you’ve never seen him before. Joker stands with one foot resting on a crate of dynamite, smiling his huge toothy grin as he snaps a photo on his old school film camera. The sadistic villain’s costume is incredibly detailed, showing off every seam, cuff, button, crease and more on his purple three piece suit and trench coat. His outfit is even topped off by authentic studded spats, fedora, iconic white gloves, and lapel-pinned flower. The Joker’s elongated white painted face leaps right off of the graphic novel cover with its deep laugh lines, left eye squeezed shut, and unruly green hair peeking out from under his hat. There’s even a motion sensor built into the base that activates an LED spot lamp and camera shutter sound after a brief delay. As an added bonus, the lamp is movable and can be placed at any angle around the statue!
Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe, The Killing Joke Joker stands 11 inches tall (1/6th scale) on a special display base that includes the broken crate of dynamite, LED lamp, and a creepy cherub henchman. The Joker is an incredible statue capturing one of the most famous graphic novels of all time and it will be available in May 2013 for $130.