Joker (comic book)

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Joker
Cover of Joker #1 (May 1975)
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule bi-monthly, tri-monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date May 1975-October 1976
Number of issues 9
Main character(s) The Joker
Creative team
Writer(s) Bill Finger
Penciller(s) Bob Kane
Inker(s) Jerry Robinson
Colorist(s) Adrienne Roy
Creator(s) Bob Kane
Bill Finger

The Joker is a comic book series starring the super-villain the Joker. It ran 9 issues from May 1975 until October 1976.

Publication history[edit]

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.”[1] 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.[1]

Issues[edit]

  • 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.[citation needed]

  • No. 2, July 1975 - "The Sad Saga of Willy the Weeper"

The Joker teams up with a villain called The Weeper who has a habit of crying and laughing when he sees others cry to help him steal platinum after The Weeper breaks him out.[citation needed]

  • No. 3, September–October 1975 - "The Last Ha Ha"

After a battle with the Joker, fellow Batman villain The Creeper gets amnesia and is persuaded he is the Joker's ally.[citation needed]

  • No. 4, November–December 1975 - "A Gold Star for the Joker"

The Joker falls in love with DC hero Green Arrow's girlfriend Dinah Lance and gives Lance a choice: Marry the Joker or die.[citation needed]

  • No. 5, January–February 1976 - "The Joker Goes 'Wilde'!"

The Joker competes with fellow Justice League foes The Royal Flush Gang for a valuable painting done by the late Thaedus Wilde.[citation needed]

  • 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.[citation needed]

  • No. 7, May–June 1976 - "Luthor -- You're Driving Me Sane!"

An experiment goes awry and switches The Joker's insanity with fellow Superman villain Lex Luthor's criminal ingenuity.[citation needed]

  • No. 8, July–August 1976 - "The Scarecrow's Fearsome Face-Off!"

When The Joker steals "Fear-Gas" from S.T.A.R. Labs, he ends up competing with fellow Batman villain The Scarecrow to see whose "fear-based" weapon is the best. Joker wins.[citation needed]

  • No. 9, September–October 1976 - "The Cat and the Clown"

The Joker and Batman "frenemy" The Catwoman end up competing for a movie actor's trained feline sidekick. Catwoman's victory leads to a three way rivalry with Two-Face included.[citation needed]

Collected editions[edit]

Animation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 

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