With a menacing grin this original painting by Hall of Fame artist Joe Rubinstein features the ‘Jester of Genocide,’ the supervillain Joker cooking up a devilish plot.
The nemesis of Batman was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson first appearing in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940), published by DC Comics. A criminal mastermind. Introduced first as a psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor; the Joker later became a goofy prankster in the 1950s in response to regulation by the Comics Code Authority, returning to his darker roots in the early 1970s.
“I wanted something weird and different. My Joker is an interpretation of photographs of statues that I had seen of the character and then I made up the colors from character reference. As an artist, you can use whatever color you want as long as it’s the right value; and that means is it dark or is it light.” - Joe Rubinstein
Josef "Joe" Rubinstein, born in Germany 1958 is a Hall of Fame comic book artist whose storied career spans more than four decades with notable credits that include the acclaimed 1982 Wolverine mini-series, the Infinity Gauntlet series and The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Joe is known to be the artist to have given artist Art Adams (the Uncanny X-Men) his first professional work and nurtured the careers of Kyle Baker (Plastic Man), Jose Marzan, Jr. (The Flash) and Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk). Joe’s record-setting post on Marvel Comics' saw him ink more pencillers than any other inker in history (and more than 2,500 comic books). He currently enjoys exploring painting techniques and creating portraits.