Growing up on a diet of 1970’s era Batman, I’ve always had a fondness for the art of Neal Adams and Marshall Rogers. Their take on the Joker left quite an impression on me, almost as much as the way they redefined Batman. While this custom has a more modern approach, it was inspired by stories created some 30 years ago.

The Trenchoat Joker is reworked from a DC Direct Jim Lee-styled Hush Joker. The clown shoes were sanded down and reworked, and the headsculpt was swapped with one from the First Appearance Red Hood figure. The trenchcoat is taken from an X2: X-Men United Cyclops figure and is reworked to fit the frame of the Joker.

In hindsight, I probably should have done something different with the sleeves of the jacket. While I was trying to maintain the “skinny as a rail” look for the Joker, the arms on this custom might be a bit too skinny and not quite ruffled enough to really capture a “trenchcoat” effect. Still, it’s decent enough for the display shelf.

Created Summer 2008

Featured in CustomCon 21


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