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  1. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    What is so incredible is that these stories are from multiple decades showing how versatile and interesting the Joker can be, whether homicidal as he is now or more mischievous as he used to be. I guess that is why he ranked so high on our comic book villains list.

  2. Casey
    Casey at |

    You missed "Venom" dude … big mistake. Nothing was more awesome than Batman getting hooked on drugs.

    1. Brady
      Brady at |

      These are Joker stories. The Joker wasn’t even in that book!

  3. sean
    sean at |

    What about the Long Halloween? If anyone liked the Dark Knight they would love that story

  4. Sam
    Sam at |

    spot-on man. nice work.

  5. Tom
    Tom at |

    @Casey Granted it's been awhile since I read the Venom arc, but I don't see how that can be called a Joker story.

    @sean While Long Halloween was an awesome story, I agree with this list that it doesn't count as a Joker story either. I would call Long Halloween a Two-Face story.

  6. Chris
    Chris at |

    Eh, I think Killing Joker is really overrated. Good, but not the greatest Joker story

    1. Lucas L
      Lucas L at |

      Same…Have you read Lovers and Madmen it is incredible. It shows that Batman needs Joker just as much as Joker needs Batman. I definitely recommend it

  7. Nick
    Nick at |

    I would have added Brian Azzarello;s book, but otherwise, nice!

  8. Harley_Quinn27
    Harley_Quinn27 at |

    agreed with killing joke the laughing fish and arkham asylum but mad love should have been further at the top its brilliant

  9. Jolly Joker
    Jolly Joker at |

    In the words of the greatest comic book vilian ever…..

    “Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.”


  10. Danman2015
    Danman2015 at |

    I’m surprised that Joker isn’t on this list, not only was that a brilliant comic that put the Joker in the spotlight, but the joker was the main character. Batman was only in it for like 2 pages at the very end. It was an amazing depiction of the joker, other than that, this list was pretty accurate

  11. Rex
    Rex at |

    I’d say you missed two of my favorites:

    Gotham Central’s “Soft Targets” and
    Detective Comics 826: “Slayride” (the one with The Joker and Tim in a car on christmas).

    My personal list would be:

    1.-Killing Joke
    2.-Soft Targets
    3.-Arkham Asylum
    4.-Detective 826 “Slayride”
    5.-The Man who Laughs
    6.-Mad Love (eventhough is more of a Harley story)
    7.-Five-way Revenge
    8.-The Laughing Fish
    9.-The Devil’s Advocate (Chuck Dixon/Graham Nolan)
    10.-The Clown at Midnight

  12. Zed
    Zed at |

    My favorite is Joker written by Brian Azzarello. The story is great and the artwork is incredible.

    The following description is from http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=15190221
    Art by Lee Bermejo and Mick Gray. Cover by Lee Bermejo. In the all-new, hardcover original graphic novel JOKER, writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) and artist Lee Bermejo (HELLBLAZER covers) – the creative team behind the acclaimed miniseries LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL – show an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham: The Joker. After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds “his city” divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham’s most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman! Not since THE KILLING JOKE have you seen such a powerful tale of The Joker – you won’t want to miss this one.

  13. Drake
    Drake at |

    Azzarello’s Joker is not a good story . It depends on pointless violence and Joker’s portray try resembling Heath Ledger’s joker in the movie . In my opinion Heath Ledger is the best joker in live action movies and Azzarello’s Joker couldn’t succeed Heath Ledger’s portray because of stupid violence and sensless plot . I think comic books shouldn’t show us movie portray .

    By the way great list but Arkham Asylum doesn’t count a Joker story


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