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75 Greatest Batman Stories: #3-1

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75 Greatest Batman Stories: #3-1

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #3-1!


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3. “The Career of Batman Jones” (Batman #108)

Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris delivered this classic about a young boy named after Batman who decides to become a crimefigher in his own right…

Batman figures that if he humors him, he’ll eventually grow out of it, and sure enough, that’s exactly what happens…

Come on, Scott Snyder, where is Batman Jones in Batman Eternal!?

Oh, and yes, on to the actual countdown…

3. “The Killing Joke” (Batman: The Killing Joke)

The Killing Joke is a remarkable one-off story by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland that works as basically a Joker origin story (“basically” because it has never been officially determined that this version of the Joker’s origin story is the TRUE origin of the Joker), showing events that turned a decent enough guy down on his luck into the madman known as the Joker. The Joker loos at his own circumstances and develops a theory – he became the Joker because, in effect, he had one really bad day. Therefore, could he break a good man by giving THAT man just “one bad day,” as well? The man that the Joker chooses to test his theory on is Commissioner Gordon, which leads to one of the most famous sequences in DC Comics history…

We then see how the Joker becomes the Joker in the past while we intercut with the modern day Joker torturing Gordon. Batman rescues Gordon but we see that the Joker did not win – he did not break Gordon…

However, can Batman bring himself to just bring the Joker in one more time after what the Joker did today? When the two men share a joke, is it really the final joke that they’ll ever share?

Bolland took a long time to draw this series (well worth the wait) so this project would be difficult to be any more hyped than it was when it finally came out (Alan Moore doing a Batman graphic novel with Brian Bolland?!?!) and yet it still managed to exceed the hype.

Go to the next page for #2…

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