Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Many Deaths of the Joker, Part 1

Joker's calling card Batman #1

Batman #4, Winter 1940
Jokers death Batman #4
Batman #5, Spring 1941
JOkres death Batman #5
Batman #7, October-November 1941
Jokers death Batman #7
Batman #9, February-March 1942
Joker Death Batman #9
Batman #12, August-September 1942
Joker Death Batman #12

Joker Death Tally
4 deaths by falling, 3 of those possible drownings
1 death by express train



Blogger Chris Sims said...

Batman saying "You just can't trust that guy!" about the Joker is the new leader in my continuing search for BEST THING EVER, followed closely by "GOOD HEAVENS! The Train!"

10/05/2006 10:49 PM

Blogger Steven said...

I start to see why Alan Moore's Joker stand-in in Promethea turned out to be a series of robots. Because after all those deaths, that's actually the MORE likely explanation.

10/06/2006 12:19 AM

Blogger SallyP said...

I LOVE how Batman is just so...so cavalier about the possible death of the Joker. He THINKS he might be dead, but finding out for sure would take some time and effort, and what the heck...it's Miller time!

10/06/2006 12:31 PM

Blogger Marc Burkhardt said...

I do like how Batman and Robin evolve from indifference to the Joker's fate to cheerful optimism.

You just don't get character development like that anymore.

10/06/2006 5:36 PM

Blogger Brandon Bragg said...

Chris: That is pretty great. If I ever start up that Batman themed reggae band I've always dreamed about, "GOOD HEAVENS! The Train!" will be the title of my first album.

Steven: That does make a lot more sense now that you say that.

Sally: He's the Batman. He's got to get to teachin' Robin how to hunt down and trap those tasty cave-rats.

Keeper: You can start to see the slow slide from grim, violent death towards a puch to the face and some jail time in these stories. I'm not sure the Joker dies at all throughout most of the fifties and sixties.


10/08/2006 11:32 AM

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