([November] 1990)

Longmeadow Press, 1990 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
29.95 USD
Pages
356
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Longmeadow Press
ISBN
0-681-41015-9 Search at WorldCat
Editing
Mike Gold
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Binding
Hardcover
Publishing Format
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: 1)

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: 2)

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: 3)

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: 4)

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: 5)

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: 6)

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: 7)

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: 8)

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: 9)

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: 10)

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: 11)

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: 12)

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: 13)

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: 14)

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: 15)

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: 16)

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: 17)

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: 18)

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: 19)

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: 20)

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: 21)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Since 1899, Gotham Police Headquarters has stood at the junction of the area called Five Points, on the lower east side of the city...
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: 22)

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: 23)

Batman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Mike W. 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: 24)

Batman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Mike W. 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: 25)

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: 26)

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: 27)

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
Related Scans
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
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Daniel Nauschuetz
  • Michael Hansen
  • Antonio Pontes Junior
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Peter Croome