Happy Birthday to Victor Hugo, born this day, 25 February 1802. His two most famous novels are, of course, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables, the basis for one of the longest running, most successful stage musicals of all time.
However, his novel L’Homme qui rit
(1869) inspired the 1928 silent film entitled The Man Who Laughs
, starring Conrad Veidt, whose character’s rictus grin make-up was so striking, it directly inspired comic book creators Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson in their creation of Batman’s arch-nemesis, The Joker.
“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”