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Character in the Black and Red Mythos of DJ Tyrer; a rapper who is
The Laughing Man

Artwork by David Leverton

described as clown- or jester-like.
  • He is referenced in Black Flag, Red Flame, Red & Black (in which he is seen on a poster - reproduced on the cover of Black & Red, shown here) and Last Thing (again a poster is seen).
  • A clown's face is seen on the TV screen in Red or Black? and chants an appropriate rap.
  • A 'jester head' badge (depicting The Laughing Man) is worn by Steve in Mould & Blood.
  • His rap is heard in three of the stories.
    • "The joke's on you..." is the refrain of a song heard in Black Flag, Red Flame (described as singularly apt as an accompaniment to riot).
    • "The joke's on you! Death awaits those who fall into the clutches of the Laughing God! is heard in Tricked! (the same words are spoken in Last Thing in which the rap had earlier been heard).
    • "The joke's on you! Death awaits those who fall into the clutches of the Laughing God!" is heard in Tricked? (the same words are spoke
    • The rap is described as 'echoing' and 'London's latest craze' in Last Thing.

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