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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #8, The Joker
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, The Joker

AKA: JACK NAPIER

The greatest comic book villain ever, and as versatile a character as his nemesis, the Batman. The Joker has been a merry prankster of crime (poisoning all the fish in Gotham Bay so they sport his literally trademarked grin, then suing fishmongers for copyright infringement) and a gleefully sadistic bastard (responsible for permanently crippling Batgirl and temporarily killing at least one Robin), and always done his best to get under the ultra-grim Batman�s skin by taunting him with sick jokes. There�s a sense that Joker is the only one of the rogues� gallery Bruce Wayne really hates �many comics (eg: Frank Miller Jr�s The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland�s The Killing Joke, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean�s Arkham Asylum, Michael Green and Denys Cowan�s Lovers & Madmen) revolve around Batman and the Joker as opposites or mirror images. The original look of the character was based on Conrad Veidt�s fixed grin in the silent picture The Man Who Laughs.

FIRST APPEARED IN BATMAN # 1 (1940)
CREATED BY BILL FINGER AND JERRY ROBINSON

The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters
Green hair, white face, fixed grin, purple zoot suit and evil, insane laughter.
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters
Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and now Heath Ledger have been the live-action Joker; Mark Hamill has done extraordinarily fine work as the voice of the Joker on various animated TV shows, the cartoon feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and the short-lived live-action Batman spinoff Birds of Prey.
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Before falling into that vat of chemicals, the Joker was a regular thief known as �the Red Hood�.
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