Bootleg Clowns, Or “But Doctor I AM Pagliacci”

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I had played around with the idea of doing a post on nothing but Mexican bootleg action figures of the Joaquin Phoenix Joker, but I realized that “toy posts” may be the actual dividing line from which a number of my readers would depart from this blog. That said, I do plan a few posts on the idea of “bootlegs”—specifically, toys—as it relates to deeper philosophical issues, a “copy of a copy of a copy of a copy.” So be warned.

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Abuse, Revenge, Repeat: The Long, Sad Story Of The Jason Todd Robin

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For over three decades, there has been a very complicated and “fated” relationship between the characters Robin the Boy Wonder and the Joker. And this is a relationship that seems to hinge on one particular character: Jason Todd.

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