Mystical, deathly, and devil jokers. Pirates too. There's about 150 of them! The Skull Jokers recently split off into their own subsection (but are still listed below here). They're in the artsy section of the collection along with:
Starting with one of my favorite jokers of all time. This mystical dybbuk is one of the most beautiful and artistically significant jokers in the collection. It is of a dybbuk and designed by Arthur Szyk, one of the great artist of 1930s-50s, Arthur Szyk was a famous artist in mid 20th Century who escaped the Holocaust by moving to America. I have an entire article about Arthur Szyk and his card designs.
It pictures a dybbuk which in Jewish or Kabalistic mythology is a malicious possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person.
Here's the back of the Arthur Szyk joker.
Here's the whole set.
to learn more about Jan Matejko's sad jester painting and description of the historical context.
Starting here, the focus goes to pirates, skulls and crossbones, and skeletons.
An early version of this article was published in March 2018. It includes the backs and listed 30 jokers. The May 2019 article on mystical jokers shows a lot of the individuals ones in high res form. On Oct 30th, in time for Halloween 2022, the Skull Jokers split off into their own subsection (but are still listed above here).
They're in the artsy section of the collection along with: