I agree that the swastika isn't immediately noticeable (I didn't see it until someone pointed it out), but I still think that the picture works because:
1. The Joker's expression adds to the image.
2. We don't have another picture anyway, and there's nothing objectively wrong with this one other than the fact that some people believe it's too text heavy. While it is text heavy, it isn't completely reliant on text, so I have no problem with using it until we find a better one.
Heh. I'm the one that suggested this in the first place, and my opinion is that this is barely passable. Honestly if I were given any other option I'd go for it. One can say all that stuff about the image adding to the dialogue, but in the end, it barely does.
The Joker:You mean that's not some crazy disguise?? I've been working with aNazi?!? That mask must be cutting oxygen to your brain. I may be a criminal lunatic but I'm anAmericancriminal lunatic. Keep back boys! This creep is mine!
You are going to tell me the image changes the content of that quote? No, not really. The image is passable, and the only reason I'd consider putting it on the page is coz we have no viable alternative.
Any pic we use for the page is going to have some text; the trope makes this damn near impossible to avoid. The question is, how can we convey the trope adequately using a small amount of text? That's why I originally went with the O Ot S suggestion, but as I'm a Sinfest fan, and this is both good for the trope and rather humorous to me, I felt it was appropriate to suggest.
Ah. I see. I thought you were suggesting that for importance of the visual aspect.
I suppose I can't say if that's better, since I'm not one of the ones with a problem with texty images for this article.
I think the reason this works is that the Joker is one of the few characters that are on The List, and his expression of disgust really helps demonstrate that he, a renowned psychopathic murderer, is disgusted at someone else's evil.
The question is, how can we convey the trope adequately using a small amount of text?
Why do we even need to ask this question? The ONLY question we should concern ourselves with is "Does the image demonstrate the trope?" (And, then, "Does the image demonstrate the trope better than the other alternatives?")
I categorically reject the notion that "little or no text" is either a necessary or a desirable criterion.
I considered that first one, but I didn't think it would work with fewer panels as well as the Sinfest example; you pretty much need the entire strip for the setup to the last panel. The second one, pretty meh on. I'm definitely thinking it's crowner time.
One of the problems I have with that one is that (being unfamiliar with the characters and artist's style) I'm not even sure what I'm looking at. With closed eyes and no previous context, it's hard to tell even that the character on the left is a character, for instance.