The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime (University Press of Mississippi, 2015) edited by Robert Peaslee is the first academic work to provide a comprehensive study of this villain, illustrating why the Joker appears so relevant to audiences today. Along with Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman, the Joker stands out as one of the most recognizable comics characters in popular culture. While there has been a great deal of scholarly attention on superheroes, very little has been done to understand supervillains.
Robert Moses Peaslee is an associate professor and chair of Journalism and Electronic Media at the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. His work has been published in several journals and he is co-editor of two previous essay collections on comics.
The Joker was co-edited with Robert G. Weiner.