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Exclusive: Smile for Alex Ross' Joker: Monster In The Making SDCC litho

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Jun 29, 2018, 3:14 PM EDT

Presenting a powerhouse pairing of SYFY WIRE and Alex Ross Art, we'll be stripping the shiny wrapper off many limited-edition Alex Ross lithos, rare variant covers, con-only surprises, behind-the-scenes videos, signed posters, intriguing interviews, and contest giveaways all year long.

Seeing that the annual pop culture pageantry known as San Diego Comic Con erupts next month, we're proud to be hosting a weekly event showcasing stellar new Ross artwork produced specifically for this traditional Southern California spectacle.

Earlier this week we presented the stirring Captain America: Patriot giclee, and today we're showcasing a leering black-and-white reflection of The Clown Prince of Crime as only Ross can render.

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Joker: Monster In The Making is a haunting fine art lithograph signed by Ross and available only through Alex Ross Art starting July 18 at San Diego Comic Con at Booth #2415. This unsettling prestige-format print is hand-numbered, includes an official Certificate of Authenticity, and will be released in a limited edition of 100 pieces for $195 each.

This particular Alex Ross illustration was originally created for the limited-edition DC Comics series, Batman Black and White Vol. 2. In the Paul Dini story titled, “Case Study,” readers are confronted with the Joker's glaring duality and asked to contemplate whether or not the Joker is a depraved lunatic. Its sinister shades of gray, black, and white perfectly reflect the cracked shards of his psyche and reveal the inner torment of Gotham City's master criminal and Batman’s most nightmarish nemesis.

"This painting contains all of the Joker’s original history of being the villain called the “Red Hood,” who accidentally got knocked into the chemical vat of the plant he was robbing," Ross told SYFY WIRE. "The moment of his seeing his bleached faced in the mirror causes Joker to lose his mind and “crack up” like he does to the mirror."

As supplies of Joker: Monster In The Making are extremely limited, fans are encouraged to join the waitlist at Alex Ross Art. What do you think of this shattering Joker lithograph and does it bring a grin to your face thinking about owning one for yourself?