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    Brian Bolland Batman: The Killing Joke #nn Story Page 9 The Joker Original Art (DC, 1988). The origin of the Joker is addressed for the first time in decades here, though we are given to understand this is one of several possible origins. The Killing Joke is considered by many fans to be one of the top five most influential comic stories to come out of the 1980s. In addition to giving insight into the man who becomes the Joker, the book also put Barbara Gordon in a wheelchair. Bolland's art was a perfect choice for this tale, and he employed several cinematic techniques such as the mirroring seen in the last two panels of this page. Comic stories such as this, and Alan Moore's other cinematic influenced series Watchmen redefined how a story could be told in a comic book format. This stunner of a page was rendered in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 16". The lightly toned board has some production registration tape in the margins. Signed by both writer Alan Moore, and artist Brian Bolland in the upper margin. All text is printed paste-up (with a couple of paste-up text corrections). There is pronounced discoloration on the reverse of the board. In Very Good condition.

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