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"Celebrating Batman and Joker's seventy-five years as cultural icons, this hardcover Joker Anthology collects stories from the characters seven decades as the greatest villain in comics"--
Collects comics that celebrate seventy-five years of Superman, including "How Superman would end the war," "The mightiest team in the world," and 'What's so funny about truth, justice, and the American Way?"
Celebrating Batman and Joker's seventy-five years as cultural icons, this Joker Anthology collects stories from the characters seven decades as the greatest villain in comics. Featuring stories from BATMAN #1, 5, 25, 32, 85, 163, 251, 427, BATMAN #15 (THE NEW 52), DETECTIVE COMICS #64, 168, 180, 475, 476, 726, 741, 826, DETECTIVE COMICS #1 (THE NEW 52), WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #61, SUPERMAN #9 and BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #66.
Holy anniversary, Batman! Every knight needs to have a squire, and every Sherlock Holmes must have a Watson. So it has been with Batman and his partner in crime, Robin for seventy-five years. The Boy Wonder's spunk and color balance against the Caped Crusader's seriousness and gloom to create a perfect partnership, a Dynamic Duo. Though Batman has always needed a Robin, it hasn't always been the same Robin. Many different crimefighters have taken up the name and costume, from jovial Dick Grayson to calculating Tim Drake to violent Damian Wayne. Each left his or her mark on the character, and today the Boy Wonder almost as recognizable and beloved as the Dark Knight himself. Collecting stories from Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Carrie Kelley, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, Damian Wayne and more, ROBIN THE BOY WONDER: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS compiles the best moments from seven decades of the Dynamic Duo. It includes Robin's first appearance by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, as well as tales from industry legends Jim Mooney, Sheldon Moldoff, Frank Miller, Chuck Dixon, Jeph Loeb, Marv Wolfman, Geoge Pérez, Jim Aparo, Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert and more.
Introduced in 1940, The Flash burst onto the comic book scene with an explosive debut akin to his super-speed powers. He was an instant smash-hit success, as the lightning bolt insignia upon his chest became synonymous with the term "superhero." Even as seven decades have passed, The Flash is still a vibrant part of the DC Comics lore and an integral part of the genre. THE FLASH: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS collects a wide range of stories featuring the Scarlet Speedster, ranging his seven decades as a mainstay in the DC Comics universe. From the original Flash, Jay Garrick, to his successors Barry Allen and Wally West, the mantle of this beloved hero has made him burst beyond the printed page into a pop culture symbol. This anthology graphic novel collects stories from the industry's legendary talents, including Gardner Fox, John Broome and Geoff Johns. This volume collects: "Origin of the Flash" FLASH COMICS #1 (1940) Writer: Gardner Fox, Artist: Harry Lampert Cover by Sheldon Moldoff "The Secret City" ALL-FLASH COMICS #31 (1947) Writer: Robert Kanigher, Penciller: Carmine Infantino, Inker: Frank Giacoia Cover by Evertt E. Hibbard "The Planet of Sport" ALL-FLASH COMICS #31 (1947) Writer: Robert Kanigher, Artist: Evertt E. Hibbard "The Rival Flash!" FLASH COMICS #104 (1949) Writer: John Broome, Penciller: Carmine Infantino, Inker: Bernard Sachs "Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!" SHOWCASE #4 (1956) Writer: Robert Kanigher, Penciller: Carmine Infantino, Inker: Joe Kubert Cover by Carmine Infantino & Joe Kubert "Meet Kid Flash!" THE FLASH #110 (December 1959-Jnaurary 1960) Writer: John Broome, Penciller: Carmine Infantino, Inker: Joe Giella "Flash of Two Worlds!" THE FLASH #123 (1961) Writer: Gardner Fox, Penciller: Carmine Infantino, Inker: Joe Giella Cover by Carmine Infantino & Murphy Anderson "The Conquerors of Time!" THE FLASH #125 (1961) Writer: John Broome, Penciller: Carmine Infantino, Inker: Joe Giella Cover by Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella "Superman's Race With the Flash!" SUPERMAN #199 (1967) Writer: Jim Shooter, Penciller: Curt Swan, Inker: George Klein Cover by Carmine Infantino & Murphy Anderson "Stupendous Triumph of the Six Super-Villains!" THE FLASH #174 (1967) Writer: John Broome, Penciller: Carmine Infantio, Inker: Sid Greene Cover by Carmine Infantino & Murphy Anderson "Death of an Immortal!" THE FLASH #215 (1972) Writer: Len Wein, Penciller: Irv Novick, Inker: Dick Giordano Cover by Neal Adams "Deadly Secret of the Flash!" THE FLASH #233 (1975) Writer: Cary Bates, Penciller: Irv Novick, Inker: Tex Blaisdell Cover by Dick Giordano "The Last Dance!" THE FLASH #275 (1979) Writer: Cary Bates, Penciller: Alex Savuik, Inker: Frank Chiaramonte Cover by Dick Giordano "A Flash of the Lightning!" CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #8 (1985) Writer: Marv Wolfman, Penciller: George Perez, Inker: Jerry Ordway Cover by George Perez "Happy Birthday Wally" THE FLASH #1 (1987) Writer; Mike Baron, Penciller: Butch Guice, Inker: Larry Mahlstedt Cover by Butch Guice & Larry Mahlstedt "The Unforgiving Minute" SECRET ORIGINS ANNUAL #2 (1988) Writer: William Messner-Loebs, Penciller: Mike Collins, Inkers: Frank McLaughlin & Donald Simpson Cover by Carmine Infantino, Mike Collins & Murphy Anderson "Flashing Back!" FLASH #0 (1994) Writer: Mark Waid, Penciller: Mike Wieringo, Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr. Cover by Mike Wieringo & Jose Marzan, Jr. "Rogue War: Conclusion" FLASH #225 (2005) Writer; Geoff Johns, Penciller: Howard Porter, Inker: John Livesay Cover by Howard Porter & John Livesay "Lighting in a Bottle Part One: Flashback" FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #1 (2006) Writers: Danny Bilson & Paul Demeo, Penciller: Ken Lashley, Inkers: Kwl Studio; Norm Rapmund; Marlo Alquiza; Jay Leisten Cover by Ken Lashley & Greg Parkin "Lightning Strikes Twice" THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1 (2009) Writer: Geoff Johns, Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Cover by Ethan Van Sciver "Flashpoint Part Five" FLASHPOINT #5 (2011) Writer: Geoff Johns, Penciller: Andy Kubert, Inkers: Sandra Hope & Jesse Delpergang Cover by Andy Kubert & Sandra Hope "Fear" THE FLASH #9 (2012) Writers: Francis Manupal & Brian Buccellato, Artist: Francis Manapul Cover by Francis Manupal
Explores the character of the Joker and his significance as the quintessential villain.
Along with Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman, the Joker stands out as one of the most recognizable comics characters in popular culture. While there has been a great deal of scholarly attention on superheroes, very little has been done to understand supervillains. This is the first academic work to provide a comprehensive study of this villain, illustrating why the Joker appears so relevant to audiences today. Batman’s foe has cropped up in thousands of comics, numerous animated series, and three major blockbuster feature films since 1966. Actually, the Joker debuted in DC comics Batman 1 (1940) as the typical gangster, but the character evolved steadily into one of the most ominous in the history of sequential art. Batman and the Joker almost seemed to define each other as opposites, hero and nemesis, in a kind of psychological duality. Scholars from a wide array of disciplines look at the Joker through the lens of feature films, video games, comics, politics, magic and mysticism, psychology, animation, television, performance studies, and philosophy. As the first volume that examines the Joker as complex cultural and cross-media phenomenon, this collection adds to our understanding of the role comic book and cinematic villains play in the world and the ways various media affect their interpretation. Connecting the Clown Prince of Crime to bodies of thought as divergent as Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche, contributors demonstrate the frightening ways in which we get the monsters we need.

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