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.
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75. “The Joker’s Testimony” (1977’s Batman #294)
This issue is the conclusion to the acclaimed Batman classic “Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?,” one of the earliest (if not THE earliest) four-part Batman storyline. Beginning in Batman #291, David Vern Reed, John Calnan and Tex Blaisdell told the story of Batman’s various rogues trying to take credit for the murder of Batman. Two-Face is chosen to prove who actually did the crime. In the first three issues, Two-Face debunks Catwoman, Riddler and Lex Luthor. In the conclusion we learn that it was JOKER who actually killed Batman! We learn that he had spied on Batman in action and had studied his moves so much that he then knew how to handle Batman when they finally tangled again, and Joker ended up the victor…
Read the story to find out just who the Joker ACTUALLY killed!
74. “The Man Who Wrote Joker’s Jokes” (1951’s Batman #67)
Twenty-six years earlier, David Vern Reed wrote this entertaining story (with art by Lew Schwartz and Charles Paris, with Batman and Robin figures by Bob Kane) where the Joker finds that his schemes against Batman have grown boring. He comes across a great idea, just like how comics hire writers to come up with jokes for them, he hires gag writers to come up with crimes and schemes to make a fool out of Batman. After some success, he has an even bigger idea, what if he found a way to make BATMAN write Joker’s next crime?
How will Batman get out of this jam?
73. “Sherlock Stalks the Joker” (1975’s Joker #6)
Written by Denny O’Neil and drawn by Irv Novick and Tex Blaisdell, this charmingly off-beat story features an actor portraying Sherlock Holmes in a play get convinced that he IS Sherlock Holmes, and the Joker just can’t help but try to mess with the detective…
Offbeat, but fun!
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