Michael Uslan's 1980 choice for Joker up for sale

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This image released by Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. shows a drawing of actor Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 “Batman,” drawn by film producer Michael Uslan over a photo of the actor as Jack Torrance from the film "The Shining," that was printed in The New York Post in 1980. The sketch went up for auction on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 through ComicConnect.com, along with several other pieces of art and comics that Uslan has collected.  The auction will continue until Dec. 3. (AP Photo/Metropolis Collectibles, Inc.)
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This image released by Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. shows a drawing of actor Jack Nicholson as The Joker …

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Here's the Joker!

Film producer and comics fan Michael Uslan, who acquired the rights to make Batman as a movie in 1979, knew nearly a decade before Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" was released who the Joker would be.

It came in a burst of inspiration in 1980 from the pages in the New York Post: a publicity photo of Jack Nicholson from the "The Shining" in which he hacks through a door and announces, "Here's Johnny!"

Uslan knew immediately he'd found his clown prince of crime. Using black marker, a red pen and Wite-Out, he turned Nicholson into the DC Comics villain.

The sketch went up for auction Monday until Dec. 3 through ComicConnect.com, along with several other pieces of art and comics that Uslan has collected.

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