Existing example-based super resolution (SR) methods are built upon either external-examples or self-examples. Although effective in certain cases, both methods suffer from their inherent limitation. This paper goes beyond these two classes of most common example-based SR approaches, and proposes a novel joint SR perspective. The joint SR exploits and maximizes the complementary advantages of external- and self-example based methods. We elaborate on exploitable priors for image components of different nature, and formulate their corresponding loss functions mathematically. Equipped with that, we construct a unified SR formulation, and propose an iterative joint super resolution (IJSR) algorithm to solve the optimization. Such a joint perspective approach leads to an impressive improvement of SR results both quantitatively and qualitatively.