Joker (comic book)
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Cover of Joker #1 (May 1975)
|Publication date||May 1975-October 1976|
|Number of issues||9|
|Main character(s)||The Joker|
Denny O'Neil, who wrote the first issue of the series, recounted that "I stopped by Julie [Schwartz, Batman editor]’s office, and he said, ‘We’re going to do a Joker book.’ I know that alarms went off, I could sense the problems that such a thing would entail … but it was a job.” In order to have him work as a protagonist, writers on the series toned down the Joker's insanity. In addition, in order to adhere to the Comics Code, each issue would end with the Joker being apprehended, only to escape at the beginning of the next issue.
- No. 1, May 1975 - "The Joker's Double Jeopardy"
When a villain named Senor Alvarez breaks Batman's enemy Two-Face out of Arkham Asylum and insults the Joker as "not a superior criminal", The Joker breaks out of Arkham and decides to get revenge and prove he is a "superior" criminal.
- No. 2, July 1975 - "The Sad Saga of Willy the Weeper"
- No. 3, September–October 1975 - "The Last Ha Ha"
- No. 4, November–December 1975 - "A Gold Star for the Joker"
- No. 5, January–February 1976 - "The Joker Goes 'Wilde'!"
- No. 6, March–April 1976 - "Sherlock Stalks the Joker"
When the Joker hits an actor playing the famous detective Sherlock Holmes on his head with a pipe, the actor believes he is Holmes and that the Joker is Holmes's archenemy Professor Moriarty and goes "stalking" The Joker.
- No. 7, May–June 1976 - "Luthor -- You're Driving Me Sane!"
- No. 8, July–August 1976 - "The Scarecrow's Fearsome Face-Off!"
- No. 9, September–October 1976 - "The Cat and the Clown"
- "The Last Ha Ha" is reprinted in "The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told".
- The Joker: Clown Prince Of Crime (ISBN 978-1401242589) reprints all nine issues of the series. It was released November 27, 2013.
- Willie The Weeper was made as a one-time villain in the "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" TV episode "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!" in which the Joker recruits him into becoming a super-villain again after facing a humiliating defeat".
- Stewart, Tom (August 2009). "The Joker's Not So Wild! The Clown Prince of Crime in his Own Magazine!". Back Issue (35) (TwoMorrows Publishing). pp. 40–43.
- Joker Vol 1 at DC Comics Database