Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Joker (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Joker, with a preference towards covers that are homaged a lot). This is not a BEST cover list and due to the very nature of icons, very few (if any) recent covers will be on the list. A notable exception to the rules is that I don’t count covers from a character’s first appearance (which isn’t applicable to all characters, of course, just those who appeared on the cover of the comic they debuted in), as those tend to be automatically iconic so they’re boring. Here‘s a list of all characters featured so far.
5. Artist: Alex Ross
Ross has been probably the most popular Joker artist for the past decade plus, in terms of posters and prints, and this cover became a popular poster after the issue’s release in 1999.
4. Artist: Jerry Robinson
Joker as a sprite-like figure was a popular motif during the Golden Age (and it just seems right to feature a cover by the first artist ever to draw the Joker).
3. Artists: Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin
“The Laughing Fish” is one of the most iconic Joker stories of all time.
2. Artist: Neal Adams
Adams absolutely nailed the return of the Joker to the Batman comic.
1. Artist: Brian Bolland
Nothing really needs to be said about the Killing Joke, right?
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