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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #65-56

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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #65-56

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!

NOTE: Don’t be a jerk about creators in the comments section. If you are not a fan of a particular creator, that’s fine, but be respectful about it. No insulting creators or otherwise being a jerk about creators. I’ll be deleting any comments like that and, depending on how jerky the comment was, banning commenters.

65. “Trust” (2007’s Detective Comics #833-834)

This two-parter is mostly remembered for writer Paul Dini bringing in the Zatanna/Batman childhood friendship that was established in the animated series into the comic book continuity. However, it also is an excellent Joker story, as well. Batman enlists the help of Zatanna when a popular magician seems to be doing deadly tricks. However, his greatest trick is the fact that he is secretly the Joker!

What a cliffhanger! Don Kramer and wayne Faucher supplied the artwork for this story.

64. “The Cross-Country Crimes” (1941’s Batman #8)

It’s funny, the voting was finished before I heavily featured this story in my spotlight on Batman’s travels to each of the 50 states. In any event, this story by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos perfectly spotlighted the chaotic awesomeness that is the Joker. Batman and Robin are in Washington D.C. to receive an honor from, in effect, J. Edgar Hoover. And the Joker just shows up, shoots the head of the F.B.I. and then goes on a cross-country rampage!

What a full-page figure by Kane, Robinson and Roussos!

The Joker, as it turns out, has a specific plan for his cross-country crime spree and it involves leaving Batman clues as to which state he’ll hit next, from New Jersey to Ohio to Kansas to Delaware to Rhode Island! Batman, though, is smarter than your average sadistic clown, so he ends up one step ahead of the clown prince of crime.

63. “Under the Red Hood, Part Two” (2005’s Batman #646-650)

This was an odd storyline, in the sense that Judd Winick’s story was broken up by a crossover in the middle of his “Return of Jason Todd” epic. Only the second part really involves the Joker, so I’m just mentioning those issues, which were drawn by Doug Mahnke, Shane Davis and Eric Battle (with a host of inkers).

In any event, Jason Todd reveals himself as having returned from the dead. He is calling himself the Red Hood and seems to be a criminal. As the story draws to a close, he kidnaps the man who murdered him the first time around, the Joker, to have a little heart to heart…

Whether you thought that it was a good idea to return Jason Todd from the dead or not, Winick handled it very well in this opening storyline.

Go to the next page for #62-59!

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