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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #5-1

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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #5-1

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.

Enjoy!

5. “Hunt the Dark Knight” (Batman: The Dark Knight Book 3)

Frank Miller and Klaus Janson deliver a new take on the Joker, as Miller plays around with the idea of whether the Joker and his ilk are RESPONSES to the Batman’s existence, as during the time that batman was out of the limelight, the Joker went away, as well. Now that the Dark Knight has returned, however, the Joker is back, too, in a striking sequence where he kills the entire David Letterman audience. He and Batman engage in their final battle, all the while public sentiment is being turned against Batman. What he doesn’t realize (but what the Joker DOES) is that the result of this fight will determine how the public will view Batman. Batman still believes that he can take the Joker down without killing him…

In the end, the Joker makes one of the most twisted decisions he’s ever made, as a final middle finger to his longtime foe. Miller and Janson’s artwork is excellent.

4. “Mad Love” (1993’s The Batman Adventures: Mad Love #1)

In this classic one-shot, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm spotlighted their creation, Harley Quinn, with a spotlight and a look at her origin and how she exists in relation to the Joker.

In the story, Harley decides that the only way to make Joker really pay attention to her is to kill Batman for him. She seems poised to pull it off, too, when Batman plays upon her fragile psyche (and what he knows of the Joker’s ego)…

This is an extremely well told story with stunning artwork from the great Timm.

Go to the next page for #3-1!

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