The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told

DC Comics

United States

Published
1988 [February 1989]
Page count
296
Cover price
19.95 USD; 24.95 CAD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/43871

Credits

Editing
Mike Gold

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Joker) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Joker
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Art
Kyle Baker
Show/hide 1. The Joker's Dozen Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 5 pages

Credits

Script
Mike Gold

Reprint history

From GCD
in Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Longmeadow Press, 1990 series) #nn

Notes

Text introduction illustrated with various reprinted covers & panels.

Show/hide 2. Batman vs. the Joker (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Colours
Tatjana Wood

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #1 (Spring 1940)
Show/hide 3. The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Colours
Adrienne Roy

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #4 (Winter 1941)
Show/hide 4. The Joker and the Sparrow (Batman) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Alvin Schwartz (not credited in the book)
Pencils
Jack Burnley
Inks
Charles Paris
Colours
Nansi Hoolahan

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman Sunday comic strips from October 28 - December 9, 1945 (#104-110)
Show/hide 5. The Man Behind the Red Hood (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages
Show/hide 6. The Joker's Crime Costumes (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Bill Finger (not credited in the book)
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Charles Paris
Colours
Greg Theakston

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman (1940 series) #63 (February-March 1951)
Show/hide 7. The Joker's Utility Belt (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages
Show/hide 8. The Crimes of Batman (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
David Vern
Pencils
Bob Kane (Batman & Robin figures)
Lew Sayre Schwartz
Inks
Charles Paris
Colours
Daniel Vozzo

Reprint history

First print
United States
World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #61 (November-December 1952)
The Crimes of Batman!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #38 (July 1953)
The Crimes of Batman
 
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #198 (February 1968)
The Crimes of Batman!
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #15 ([March 1968?])
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #15 ([March 1968?])
The Crimes of Batman
 
United States
Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Longmeadow Press, 1990 series) (November 1990)
The Crimes of Batman!
From GCD
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #61 (November-December 1952)

Notes

Credits for script, pencils, and inks from index of original appearance.

Show/hide 9. The Crazy Crime Clown (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages
Show/hide 10. Superman's and Batman's Greatest Foes (Superman and Batman) Comic story, 12 pages
Show/hide 11. Crime-of-the-Month Club (Batman) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Dave Wood (not credited in the book)
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Charles Paris
Colours
Shelley Eiber

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #110 (September 1957)
Show/hide 12. The Great Clayface-Joker Feud (Batman) Comic story, 16 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Bill Finger (not credited in the book)
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (credited to someone else in the book)
Inks
Charles Paris (credited to someone else in the book)
Colours
Helen Vesik

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From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #159 (November 1963)
Show/hide 13. The Joker Jury (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Bill Finger (not credited in the book)
Pencils
Charles Paris (credited to someone else in the book)
Inks
Charles Paris
Colours
Jerry Serpe

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #163 (May 1964)
Show/hide 14. The Joker's Happy Victim (Batman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colours
Shelley Eiber

Reprint history

From GCD
from Joker's Happy Victims!, The [Kelloggs Pop-Tart Comics] (DC, 1966 series) #nn
Show/hide 15. The Joker's Five-Way Revenge (Batman) Comic story, 22.5 pages
Show/hide 16. Death Has the Last Laugh (Batman) Comic story, 20 pages
Show/hide 17. The Last Ha Ha (Joker) Comic story, 18 pages

Featuring

Feature
Joker
Genre
Superhero
Characters
vs. the Creeper

Credits

Script
Denny O'Neil
Pencils
Ernie Chan [as Ernie Chua]
Inks
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Colours
Joe Orlando
Editing
Julius Schwartz

Reprint history

From GCD
from The Joker (DC, 1975 series) #3 (September-October 1975)

Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics (May 2007).

Show/hide 18. The Laughing Fish (Batman) Comic story, 17 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Steve Englehart
Pencils
Marshall Rogers
Inks
Terry Austin
Colours
Petra Scotese
Letters
Ben Oda

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First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #475 (February 1978)
The Laughing Fish
Also printed
Australia
Batman Album (Murray, 1978 series) #44 ([October 1979?])
Untitled
 
United States
Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Longmeadow Press, 1990 series) (November 1990)
The Laughing Fish!
From GCD
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #475 (February 1978)
Show/hide 19. The Sign of the Joker (Batman) Comic story, 17 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Script
Steve Englehart
Pencils
Marshall Rogers
Inks
Terry Austin
Colours
Petra Scotese
Letters
Milton Snapinn

Reprint history

First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #476 (March-April 1978)
Sign of the Joker!
Also printed
Australia
Batman Album (Murray, 1978 series) #44 ([October 1979?])
Sign of the Joker
 
Australia
The Sign of the Joker (Murray, 1982?) ([1982?])
Sign of the Joker
 
United States
Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Longmeadow Press, 1990 series) (November 1990)
Sign of the Joker!
From GCD
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #476 (March-April 1978)
Show/hide 20. Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker-- (Batman) Comic story, 18 pages

"Since 1899, Gotham Police Headquarters has stood at the junction of the area called Five Points, on the lower east side of the city..."

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]; Lucius Fox; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Credits

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Walt Simonson
Inks
Dick Giordano
Colours
Julianna Ferriter
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor)
Paul Levitz (editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #321 (March 1980)
Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...!
Also printed
United States
The Best of DC (DC, 1979 series) #11 (April 1981)
Dreadful Birthday Dear Joker ...!
 
Australia
The Sign of the Joker (Murray, 1982?) ([1982?])
Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker
 
United States
Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Longmeadow Press, 1990 series) (November 1990)
Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...!
From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #321 (March 1980)

Synopsis

The Joker plans his own birthday party and invites all of Gotham to watch the explosive celebration with some of Batman's closest allies. It is up to the Caped Crusader to find the event before the fireworks start.

Show/hide 21. Stacking the Deck: The Other Joker Stories Text article, 6 pages

Credits

Author
Mark Waid

Reprint history

From GCD
in Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Longmeadow Press, 1990 series) #nn

Notes

Afterword illustrated with various reprinted covers & panels.

Show/hide 22. Creating the Greatest: The Men Behind the Mask Text article, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Biography

Credits

Author
Brian Augustyn
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
in Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Longmeadow Press, 1990 series) #nn

Notes

Biographies of the stories' creators.


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 36877

Entry created

  • 06/07/2008

Cover added

  • 14/02/2010

Index completed

  • 22/08/2019

Last updated

  • 22/08/2019