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Hine & Stafford Adapt Victor Hugo’s ‘The Man Who Laughs’

David Hine and Mark Stafford have team with SelfMadeHero to produce an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs, the classic story that inspired the creation of Joker. Written and drawn by top UK team of Hine and Stafford, it’s a macabre social satire about inequality and injustice in 18th century Britain. Look for it in shops this month. For more details, hit the jump.

Official Press Release:

Victor Hugo’s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain’s political system tells a story of abduction, mutilation, loss and prejudice. David Hine and Mark Stafford have produced a gripping adaptation that captures the macabre social satire of the original novel. Set in 18th-century England, Gwynplaine is the two-yearold heir to a rebel lord, who is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, who has him mutilated (to produce a permanent, grisly smile), then abandoned. After years of living frugally he is re-introduced to the aristocratic life, and resolves to become the voice of the voiceless, whether he is heard or not.

Hugo wrote The Man Who Laughs while in exile on the Channel Islands. Hugo’s influence can be found in the works of other great 19th-century European novelists such as Dickens and Dostoyevsky. The book has been celebrated in fi lm and theatre, but most prominently, Batman creator Bob Kane found inspiration for the Joker’s look and Brian Bolland equally considered the silent fi lm adaptation ideal source material for his own rendition in Batman: The Killing Joke.

From the writer of Les Misérables, the classic novel that inspired the creation of The Joker.



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