([November] 1990)

Longmeadow Press, 1990 Series
 
Price:
29.95 USD
Pages:
356
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
[none printed]
ISBN:
0-681-41015-9 Search at WorldCat
Editing:
Mike Gold
Format:
Color; Standard Modern Age US; Squarebound; Collected Edition

Issue Notes

Reprint of the The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (October 1997) expanded to include three newer Joker stories: "The Last Laugh" (Batman #353), "Catch as Catscan" (Detective Comics #569) and "The Last Laugh!" (Detective Comics #570).


Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (Table of Contents)

Joker / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Dean Motter
Inks:
Dean Motter
Colors:
Dean Motter
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Joker

The Best of the Bad (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
The noted Batman writer's forward reflects on the vilest villain in the Caped Crusader's rogue gallery.

The Joker's Dozen (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Gold
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
DC Comics group editor and Director of Development's introduction provides a brief history of the Joker and the challenges of collecting the best stories of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Reprints:

[Batman Versus the Joker] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson
Inks:
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
Jerry Robinson

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker (first appearance); Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
Batman faces a new criminal who succeeds in killing famous men and stealing their prized possessions, leaving them all with "a smile" on their face!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title found on the Contents page (no title was provided in the original story).

The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Jerry Robinson; George Roussos (uncredited)
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
George Roussos (uncredited)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
The Joker organizes a crime circus that performs at the homes of wealthy patrons to size up the joint, then later robs them.
Reprints:

[The Joker and the Sparrow] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Alvin Schwartz (uncredited)
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan
Letters:
Ira Schnapp (uncredited)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Dick Grayson]; the Sparrow
Synopsis:
The Joker's criminal repudiation is challenged by "The Sparrow" causing twice the trouble for Batman and Robin.
Reprints:
  • from McClure Newspaper Syndicate Batman Sunday strips #104-#110 (10/28/1945 - 12/9/1945)

Indexer Notes

Title found on the Contents page (no title was provided in the original story). The story has also been given the title "Gotham's Cleverest Criminal" in other reprints.

The Man Behind the Red Hood (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff; Lew Sayre Schwartz (uncredited); Win Mortimer (uncredited)
Inks:
George Roussos
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Red Hood [Joker] (origin); Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
Batman is asked to be a guest instructor for State University's first criminology course. The students tackle one of the Caped Crusader's unsolved cases -- the ten year old mystery of the Red Hood. Their investigation lures the successful villain out of hiding as they try to use what they learned to determine his identify.
Reprints:

The Joker's Crime Costume (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Greg Theakston
Letters:
Ira Schnapp (uncredited)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
Seeing Batman's wide assortment of costumes, the Joker decides to commit crimes disguised as comedy characters of fiction.
Reprints:

The Joker's Utility Belt! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
David Vern (uncredited)
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Glenn Whitmore
Letters:
Ira Schnapp (uncredited)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
When the Joker's seemingly easy capture of the Caped Crusaders goes terribly wrong when Batman springs a surprise on him using his utility belt, the Crime Clown decides to outdo the Batman with his OWN utility belt!
Reprints:

The Crimes of Batman! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
David Vern (uncredited)
Pencils:
Bob Kane (Batman & Robin figures); Lew Sayre Schwartz (uncredited)
Inks:
Charles Paris (uncredited)
Colors:
Daniel Vozzo
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
The Joker kidnaps Robin in order to force Batman to publicly cheat, steal and kill.
Reprints:

The Crazy Crime Clown! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Alvin Schwartz (uncredited)
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Glenn Whitmore
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
The Joker commits a series of crimes that are so outrageous and meaningless that when he finally turns himself in, he is sentenced to an insane asylum rather than prison. Batman is suspicious and finds a way to keep a close eye on his arch-nemesis.
Reprints:

Superman's and Batman's Greatest Foes (Table of Contents)

Batman; Superman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton (uncredited)
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Glenn Whitmore
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker; Lois Lane; Lex Luthor; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Superman [Clark Kent]; Perry White
Synopsis:
Lex Luthor and Joker go into business together making Mechano-Men, near indestructible robots. Superman and Batman believe they have not gone straight and try to figure out their master plan.
Reprints:

Crime-of-the-Month Club! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Wood (uncredited)
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Shelley Eiber
Letters:
Pat Gordon (uncredited)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin investigate the Joker's newest scheme, the Crime of the Month Club.
Reprints:

The Great Clayface - Joker Feud (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Pencils:
Jim Mooney; Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Charles Paris (uncredited)
Colors:
Helen Vesik
Letters:
Stan Starkman (uncredited)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batgirl [Betty Kane]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Batwoman [Kathy Kane]; Clayface [Matt Hagen]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
Clayface is back, and his current spree of robberies has made him the "Top Criminal in the Country". The Joker takes exception starting a feud that draws the attention of Batman, Robin, Batwoman and Batgirl.
Reprints:

The Joker Jury! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Jerry Serpe
Letters:
Joe Letterese (uncredited)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
The Joker uses the city's various service departments as the inspiration for his newest crime wave.
Reprints:

The Joker's Happy Victims (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Shelley Eiber
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
Three of Gotham's wealthy citizens enjoy being robbed by the Joker and refuse to file a complaint.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Adaptated and rewritten Batman Golden Age story titled "The Happy Victims!" from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #52 (April-May 1949).

The Joker's Five-Way Revenge! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker
Synopsis:
The Joker has escaped from the state hospital for the criminally insane and seeking revenge. A member of his old crew betrayed him, and it is up to Batman to protect them from the Clown Prince of Crime's murderous rampage.
Reprints:

Death Has the Last Laugh (Table of Contents)

Batman; Joker / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Haney
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
Bob LeRose
Letters:
Jim Aparo

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker
Synopsis:
An entire family is murdered, and it appears to be the handiwork of the Joker. Batman finds evidence that suggests that his arch-nemesis is being set-up and agrees to work with the master criminal to find the real murderer.
Reprints:

The Last Ha Ha (Table of Contents)

Joker / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Ernie Chan
Inks:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Colors:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Creeper [Jack Ryder]; Marvin Fargo; Joker; Benny Khiss
Synopsis:
The Creeper is blamed for one of the Joker's crimes, and he must clear his name.
Reprints:

The Laughing Fish! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Englehart
Pencils:
Marshall Rogers
Inks:
Terry Austin
Colors:
Petra Scotese
Letters:
Ben Oda
Editing:
Julius Schwartz

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Silver St. Cloud; Rupert Thorne
Synopsis:
The Joker poisons the water around Gotham giving all of the fish his gruesome grin. The Harlequin of Hate then attempts to trademark the tainted aquatic species forcing Batman to protect the bureaucrats twisted scheme.
Reprints:

Sign of the Joker! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Englehart
Pencils:
Marshall Rogers
Inks:
Terry Austin
Colors:
Petra Scotese
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Julius Schwartz

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Silver St. Cloud; Hugo Strange (as a ghost); Rupert Thorne
Synopsis:
Hugo Strange takes his revenge on Rupert Thorne, Silver St. Cloud makes a decision about her future, and Batman puts an end to the Joker's latest scheme.
Reprints:

Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Walt Simonson
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Julianna Ferriter
Letters:
Ben Oda
Editing:
Paul Levitz

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]; Lucius Fox; Commissioner James Gordon; Joker; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Dick Grayson]
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.
Reprints:

Last Laugh (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Gerry Conway
Pencils:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inks:
Dan Adkins
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
Ben Oda
Editing:
Len Wein

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; James Gordon; Joker; Olivia Ortega; Alfred Pennyworth; Arthur Reeves; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Vicki Vale
Synopsis:
The planned demolition of Gotham's General Station and the computer assisted preservation of its landmark facade inspires Joker's newest scheme to leave his mark for all to see.
Reprints:

Catch as Catscan (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Barr
Pencils:
Alan Davis
Inks:
Paul Neary
Colors:
Katie Main
Letters:
John Workman
Editing:
Denny O'Neil

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]; James Gordon; Joker; Dr. Moon; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Jason Todd]
Synopsis:
The Joker leaves his telltale calling card with a clue that sends Batman, Robin and Catwoman to the Gotham Public Library to stop the Clown Prince of Crime's newest caper.
Reprints:

The Last Laugh! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Barr
Pencils:
Alan Davis
Inks:
Paul Neary
Colors:
Katie Main
Letters:
John Workman
Editing:
Denny O'Neil

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]; Joker; Dr. Moon; Robin [Jason Todd]
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin search the underworld for information that will lead them to the Joker's hideout. Time is running out as Dr. Moon joins the Caped Crusader's arch-nemesis in an experiment designed to return Catwoman to her criminal ways.
Reprints:

Still Crazy After All These Years (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Giordano
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
The DC Comics Vice President and Editorial Director's afterward reflects on the appeal and success of the Clown Prince of Crime throughout his long history.

Stacking the Deck: The Other Joker Stories (Table of Contents)

text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Mark Waid
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Former DC Comics Assoicated Editor provides a history of the Joker from the character's first appearance in Batman #1 to his role in the 1989 Batman movie.
Reprints:

Creating the Greatest: The Men Behind the Mask (Table of Contents)

text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Brian Augustyn
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
DC Comics Editor Brian Augustyn provides a brief biography on some of the writers and artists who contributed to the collection: Neal Adams, Dan Adkins, Murphy Anderson, Jim Aparo, Terry Austin, Mike Barr, E. Nelson Bridwell, Jack Burnley, Ernie Chan, Gerry Conway, Alan Davis, Steve Englehart, Bill Finger, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Dick Giordano, Bob Haney, Carmine Infantino, Bob, Kane, Stan Kaye, Sheldon Moldoff, Jim Mooney, Paul Neary, Dennis O'Neil, Charles Paris, Jerry Robinson, Marshall Rogers, George Roussos, Walt Simonson, Dick Sprang, and Wein.
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told
    Joker
  2. 1. The Best of the Bad
  3. 2. The Joker's Dozen
  4. 3. [Batman Versus the Joker]
    Batman
  5. 4. The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus
    Batman
  6. 5. [The Joker and the Sparrow]
    Batman
  7. 6. The Man Behind the Red Hood
    Batman
  8. 7. The Joker's Crime Costume
    Batman
  9. 8. The Joker's Utility Belt!
    Batman
  10. 9. The Crimes of Batman!
    Batman
  11. 10. The Crazy Crime Clown!
    Batman
  12. 11. Superman's and Batman's Greatest Foes
    Batman; Superman
  13. 12. Crime-of-the-Month Club!
    Batman
  14. 13. The Great Clayface - Joker Feud
    Batman
  15. 14. The Joker Jury!
    Batman
  16. 15. The Joker's Happy Victims
    Batman
  17. 16. The Joker's Five-Way Revenge!
    Batman
  18. 17. Death Has the Last Laugh
    Batman; Joker
  19. 18. The Last Ha Ha
    Joker
  20. 19. The Laughing Fish!
    Batman
  21. 20. Sign of the Joker!
    Batman
  22. 21. Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...!
    Batman
  23. 22. Last Laugh
    Batman
  24. 23. Catch as Catscan
    Batman
  25. 24. The Last Laugh!
    Batman
  26. 25. Still Crazy After All These Years
  27. 26. Stacking the Deck: The Other Joker Stories
  28. 27. Creating the Greatest: The Men Behind the Mask
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