Published on: 1988
Written by: various
Art by: various, Brian Bolland (cover)
DC Comics, 288 Pages
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told is a hefty trade paperback I have had in my collection since around 1989. I remember my mum buying it for me just after the first Michael Keaton Batman film came out that summer. I have cherished it ever since and actually read through it in its entirety almost yearly.
The title of this collection says it all. Up until the point that I got this as a ten year-old child, these were the very best Joker stories of all-time. And here they were, collected in one mammoth book for my little fingers to thumb through like a fiend – absorbing every evil deed that my favorite comic book villain could dish up.
Sure, some great Joker stories have been told over the last quarter of a century since I first got this collection but regardless, for any fan of the Joker, this trade paperback is absolutely essential.
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told starts with the first Joker story ever and gives you some solid works from each decade up through the late 1980’s. There is half a century of fantastic Joker tales, his best tales.
The style and tone of the writing and the artwork changes from decade to decade and this book is also a pretty cool piece of history, as reading through its stories are like riding in a time machine. It isn’t just a piece of Joker history or Batman history, it is a piece of comic book history and shows the reader the best there is from each epic era.
If you collect comics or you just like Batman or the Joker, this should already be in your library. If it isn’t, what’s wrong with you?
Pairs well with: The modern villain anthology collections under the Batman – Arkham banner.