The Joker
Cover of The Joker #1 (May–June 1975), art by Dick Giordano.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleVol. 1: #1–9: Bi-monthly; #10: Monthly
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateVol. 1: May 1975 - October 1976 (unreleased issue in October 2019)
Vol. 2: March 2021 - July 2022
No. of issuesVol. 1: 10
Vol. 2: 16 and 1 Annual
Main character(s)The Joker
Creative team
Created byBob Kane
Bill Finger
Written byVol. 1: Elliot S. Maggin, Dennis O'Neil, Martin Pasko
Vol. 2: James Tynion IV
Penciller(s)Vol. 1: Ernie Chan, José Luis García-López, Irv Novick
Vol. 2: Guillem March
Inker(s)Vol. 1: Tex Blaisdell, Vince Colletta, Dick Giordano, Frank McLaughlin
Colorist(s)Vol. 2: Arif Prianto

The Joker is a comic book series published by DC Comics starring the supervillain the Joker. It ran for nine issues from May–June 1975 to September–October 1976, with a tenth previously unpublished issue released in October 2019.

In 2021, it was relaunched as part of DC's Infinite Frontier relaunch following Dark Nights: Death Metal's conclusion.

Publication history

Dennis O'Neil, who wrote the first issue of the series, recounted that "I stopped by Julie [Schwartz, Batman editor]'s office, and he said, 'We're going to do a Joker book'. I know that alarms went off, I could sense the problems that such a thing would entail ...but it was a job".[1] The series was launched in May 1975 by O'Neil and artist Irv Novick.[2] In order to have him work as a protagonist, writers on the series toned down the Joker's insanity and to adhere to the Comics Code Authority, each issue would end with the Joker being apprehended, only to have escaped at the beginning of the next issue (the exceptions were issue #4, where the Joker seemingly falls to his death in a whirlpool in the ocean, only to return in the next issue as if nothing had happened and with no explanation as to how he survived; issue #5, which ends with the Joker being chased by police; issue #8, where the Joker returns to Arkham Asylum voluntarily; and issue #10, which ended on a cliffhanger that was never continued). Batman did not appear in the series.[1]


Following The Joker War and Dark Nights: Death Metal, James Tynion IV teamed up with Gulliem March to produce a new series, also titled The Joker, that debuted on March 2, 2021. The Joker series lasted a total of 15 issues, ending on July 5, 2022.[3] On October of the same year a new series titled The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing debuted, this time written by Matthew Rosenberg with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico.[4]


Unpublished issue #10

The letters page of The Joker #9 (Sept.–Oct. 1976) mentions that Martin Pasko was writing a Joker vs. the Justice League of America story titled "99 and 99/100% Dead!" to appear in The Joker #10 as the first part of a two- or three-issue story arc, which was never published despite being listed as "on sale right now" on the Daily Planet promotional page for August 16, 1976.[15] In the end notes of The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1989), it is noted that The Joker editor Julius Schwartz had no recollection of this story ever being completed, but Pasko found xeroxed pages of the story which he sold on eBay in 2011.[16][17] A cover for issue #10 was drawn by Ernie Chan, but was not finished at the time.[18][19] The Joker #10 was published for the first time on August 14, 2019, in DC's The Joker: The Bronze Age Omnibus (which also contains The Joker #1-9 as well as other DC Comics Joker stories from the 1970s)[20][21] and as a stand-alone issue on October 3.[22]

Collected editions

Pre-Crisis (1975-1976 and 2019)

Title Issues collected Release date Pages ISBN
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told includes The Joker #3 with various other issues HC: December 1988

SC: October 1997

288 pages ISBN 978-0930289362
Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told - Expanded Edition includes The Joker #3 HC (leather-bound): November 1990 352 pages ISBN 978-0681410152
The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime The Joker #1–9 SC: November 2013 176 pages ISBN 978-1401242589
The Joker: The Bronze Age Omnibus The Joker #1–10 HC: August 2019 832 pages ISBN 978-1401293406

Infinite Frontier (2021-present)

Title Issues collected Release date ISBN
The Joker Vol. 1 The Joker (vol. 2) #1-5, Batman (vol. 3) #100, Batman: The Joker War Zone HC: November 2021

SC: October 2022

ISBN 978-1779512017
The Joker Vol. 2 The Joker (vol. 2) #6-9 and The Joker 2021 Annual #1 HC: August 2022

SC: July 2023

ISBN 978-0681410152
The Joker Vol. 3 The Joker (vol. 2) #10-15 HC: February 2023 ISBN 978-1401242589



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  2. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. It may have been an unusual idea at the time, but writer Denny'Oneil and artist Irv Novick decided to feature a villain in his own comic book. The Joker lasted only nine issues. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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  6. ^ O'Neil, Dennis (w), Novick, Irv (p), García-López, José Luis (i). "The Sad Saga of Willy the Weeper!" The Joker, no. 2 (July–August 1975).
  7. ^ O'Neil, Dennis (w), Chan, Ernie (p), García-López, José Luis (i). "The Last Ha Ha" The Joker, no. 3 (September–October 1975).
  8. ^ Maggin, Elliot S. (w), García-López, José Luis (p), Colletta, Vince (i). "A Gold Star for the Joker" The Joker, no. 4 (November–December 1975).
  9. ^ Pasko, Martin (w), Novick, Irv (p), Blaisdell, Tex (i). "The Joker Goes Wilde!" The Joker, no. 5 (January–February 1976).
  10. ^ O'Neil, Dennis (w), Novick, Irv (p), Blaisdell, Tex (i). "Sherlock Stalks the Joker!" The Joker, no. 6 (March–April 1976).
  11. ^ Maggin, Elliot S. (w), Novick, Irv (p), McLaughlin, Frank (i). "Luthor -- You're Driving Me Sane!" The Joker, no. 7 (May–June 1976).
  12. ^ Maggin, Elliot S. (w), Novick, Irv (p), Blaisdell, Tex (i). "The Scarecrow's Fearsome Face-Off!" The Joker, no. 8 (July–August 1976).
  13. ^ Maggin, Elliot S. (w), Novick, Irv (p), Blaisdell, Tex (i). "The Cat and the Clown!" The Joker, no. 9 (September–October 1976).
  14. ^ Pasko, Martin (w), Novick, Irv (p). "99 and 99/100% Dead!" The Joker, no. 10 (October–December 2019).
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  21. ^ Staff writer (February 2019). "The Joker: The Bronze Age Omnibus". DC Comics. DC Entertainment.
  22. ^ Staff writer (September 2019). "The Joker (1975-1976) #10". Read DC. DC Entertainment. Archived from the original on 7 October 2019.
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