In the post 'The Man Who Laughs, the 1928 Silent Classic Film with Far Reaching Influence', on my ‘Widescreen Online Review’s October Days of Terror’ page, I wrote about comic, anime, and live action character that were probably given live through the influence of silent film actor Conrad Veidt in the 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs, where he played a kidnapped son of a doom rebel that was mutilated to make him look forever as a court jester or clown.
It is generally believed by creator of such comic characters as Ryuk, a Shinigami God of death from Death Note, Mayuri Kurotsuchi the Captain of the 12th Division of Soul Reapers in Bleach, and of course the master of evil DC Comic's The Joker have Conrad Veidt's character Gwynplaine, 'The Man Who Laughs' as their founding father.
Today's photo from 'DC's Year of the Villain (2019-)' is further proof of Jack Napier's origins as the Joker.
Below Conrad Veid's character Gwynplaine, 'The Man Who Laughs
There are many characters the toting smiles that resemble Gwynplaine, and like
Gwynplaine, not all of them are evil, but that is for another post.
"Yes, I'm obsessed."