JOKER Celebrated on His 80th Anniversary with DC All-Star Jam

Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1
Credit: Greg Capullo/FCO Plascencia (DC)
Early Joker concept art
Early Joker concept art
Credit: Jerry Robinson (DC)

In April DC is extending its milestone/anniversary anthology treatment to its first villain - the Joker.

On April 29, the publisher plans to release The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 - an all-star jam anthology like the recent Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000.

Credit: Greg Capullo/FCO Plascencia (DC)

The Joker originally debuted in April 25, 1940's Batman #1, created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson. While the original character was planned to be a minor villain killed off quickly, the Clown Prince of Crime was spared that fate and grew to become Batman's chief arch-nemesis - and an occassional star of his own in limited series and the recent global hit film.

This new anthology will include stories from Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and others.

Former Batman artists Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia draw the primary cover, with variants to include "decades" covers from the likes of Arthur Adams (1940s), David Finch (1950s), Francesco Mattina (1960s), Jim Lee/Scott Williams (1970s), Bill Sienkiewicz (1980s), Gabriele Dell'Otto (1990s), Lee Bermejo (2000s), and Jock (2010s).

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