In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Joker, we’re doing a countdown of your favorite Joker stories of all-time.
You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Joker Stories! Click here for a master list of all 75 stories.
20. “Man Under the Red Hood” (1950’s Detective Comics #168)
This one is an odd one, since the Joker doesn’t show up until the end of the story (and I feel weird showing the ending, by the way, so I’m avoiding it, thus we’re not seeing Joker at all in this excerpt), but this story by Bill Finger, Lew Schwartz and Charles Paris gave us the Joker’s origin for the very first time, so it is a very important part of Joker (and Batman) history!
It’s a fun tale, to boot.
19. “Endgame” (1999’s Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #126, Batman #574 and Detective Comics #741)
No Man’s Land was a year-long Batman story that took place in all of the Batman titles, with the books in a perpetual state of crossover. Instead of, say, a three-part storyline in Batman and a three-part storyline in Detective Comics, there were three-four part storylines in all four Batman titles (including Batman: Shadow of the Bat and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight) by rotating creative teams. So, say, one month all the books would be written by Greg Rucka and one month all the books would be written by Devin Grayson. There would be one-shots sprinkled in there, as well. Gotham City has been essentially quarantined from the rest of the United States due to massive earthquakes that have more or less destroyed the city’s infrastructure. A large group of people were unable to get off the island, so now it is basically mob rule, except for some Gotham City Police Department members who stayed behind and, of course, Batman and his allies. Over time, Batman slowly returns order to the island and, due to a deal with Lex Luthor, Bruce Wayne manages to fix the city by the end of the year, just in time for New Year’s Day, 2000. However, the Joker (who helped rule the city along with other villains) had one last “hurrah,” and on Christmas Eve, he went around kidnapping the remaining infants of Gotham to, en masse, extinguish all hope on Gotham City. Batman figured out where he was holding the babies and the only person nearby to stop him was Commissioner Gordon’s wife, Sarah Essen…
A dark ending to No Man’s Land by Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, Damion Scott, Dale Eaglesham and John Floyd.
18. “Batman and Robin Must Die!” (2010’s Batman and Robin #13-15)
We reach the end game of Grant Morrison’s initial run on Batman and Robin (I guess you could call it Book Two of Morrison’s Three-Book Batman run, with Book One being his initial run up until Batman’s “death” in Final Crisis, Book Two being Batman and Robin/Return of Bruce Wayne and Book Three being both volumes of Batman Incorporated) as Morrison is joined by Frazer Irving as the Joker is revealed to be the great detective Oberon Sexton, and as he is left in police custody, Robin chooses to get some answers his way and turns the table on the Joker, crowbar-wise…
Frazer Irving drew the heck out of this storyline.
Go to the next page for #17-14!
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