When or how did Batman ever die

Every time the Joker died in the comics

By Jennifer Arbues / .16. September 2019, 2:57 p.m. EDT

In 1940, DC pulled Batman from the sides Detective comics to his own stand-alone series. Batman # 1 not only set the course for one of the most successful comic book heroes of all time, but also brought into being one of the medium's most notorious villains.

The Joker may not have been created as a permanent addition to the Batman universe, but it is now impossible to imagine a Gotham without its ace of villains. He is the true dark counterpart of the Dark Knight, and it was also the cause of countless deaths during his decades of comic book life.




But what about the death of the Joker? While it doesn't seem like the character could face the Reaper, the truth is that he did - and did it more than a couple of times. The nice thing about comics is that even death, most of the time, doesn't stop a popular character from returning at some point - and neither is Joker's one who just doesn't like to stay dead. Since the list of Joker deaths is long, we've sorted out its most memorable outcomes.

The Joker Returns (1940)

Batman # 1 Not only is it famous for being the first official Batman comic book edition - it is responsible for introducing the Joker into Batman canon. As it turns out, the Joker's first comic book appearance could actually have been his last, if only he'd stayed dead at the end of the 'Joker Returns' story.

It may be easy to imagine that the last few years The Joker is a more vicious, brutal character than something some comic book creators would have invented in 1940, but the truth is that the 1940's Joker is just as much a psychopath as the one from the 2000s . The character begins as a merciless murderer who uses a poison - the aptly named Joker Poison - that turns the faces of his victims into cruel death smiles.



At the end of a particularly vicious rampage, the Joker takes on Batman and Robin on a roof. The fight continues on site, where the Joker eventually stabs himself to death after failing to defeat the crime-fighting duo. When he collapses and dies, Batman and Robin run into the night.

Wanted: Practical Jokers (1941)

For much of the 1940s, the Joker died at the end of a confrontation with Batman and the Boy Wonder, only to be revived in a later edition. It's almost ridiculous how many times the character actually bit the dust and then came right back, like a harlequin zombie out for mayhem and destruction. Some deaths were quite disappointing. Others were almost weird.

In the 1941s 'Wanted: Practical Jokers' story, the Joker published an ad in the daily newspaper in search of Practical Jokers. If he gets a group of jokes to fingerprint them on weapons he has used in previous crimes, the Joker blackmails them to commit dangerous pranks all over Gotham. There's a run-in with a horde of Joker imitators, a jewel heist, and a fight on the roof of a train before Batman beats the Joker and he falls to his supposed death in the river below.



The Wizard of Words (1942)

The 1942 story 'The Wizard of Words' appeared in Batman # 12and it was the last Joker death until the 1970s. In the story, the Joker and his henchmen begin to commit crimes based on word games. At some point he mixes acid with red paint to paint the city red - a trick he uses to weaken the structure of a bank so that he can rob it. In all fairness, the 1940s Joker seems more resourceful than it was in later years, and it's almost disappointing to know that this would be his last hurray before he ends up in a jail cell in a couple of decades.

Batman and Robin do their usual detective work and can chase the Joker to its final destination, where he and the Dark Knight face off in a fight that lands them both in a river. When the Joker escapes to an army camp, he steals a blocking balloon and the two rise 3,000 feet into the air. There is more fighting, of course, until Batman finally dumps the Joker, which he and Robin believe will be the last time they will ever see him.

The Sign of the Joker (1978)

In the early 1970s, the Joker returned to his original psychopathic murder frenzy. 1978 Detective Comics # 475 and # 476 ran 'The Laughing Fish' story by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin. In the first half of the story, the Joker tries to tag poisoned fish that resemble his own face - so-called 'Joker Fish' (they would also appear on the '90s TV show Batman: The Animated Series). If the clerk refuses, the Joker creates an elaborate multi-toxin plan to kill him.

In the follow-up story, 'The Sign of the Joker', the Joker continues his quest to patent his famous fish, target another man, and use the man's cat as a delivery system. Batman catches up with the Joker on a construction site and after a long fight in the rain, lightning strikes and electrocutes a Joker into the water. His body is not safe, so it is believed that he died - but of course that is a lie.

Hunt the Dark Knight (1986)

In 1986 Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) took on the task of reinventing the Caped Crusader The dark knight returns, a four-part story set a decade after Batman's retirement. It sees a darker, more pessimistic version of Gotham's hero - one who doesn't like to return to a life of crime fighting, but has to do so as a last resort.

The dark knight returns is a long and complicated story that includes mutated gangs, multiple villains, an epic battle between Batman and Superman and the Russians. But in 'Hunt the Dark Knight', the Joker tries to discredit Batman on national television with the help of a psychiatrist by claiming to be one of the vigilante victims. Batman tracks down the Joker on purpose at last kill him and the two fight a fight that ends with Batman breaking the Joker's neck and paralyzing him. In a sick situation, the Joker takes it upon himself to quit the job and kills himself by turning his own neck.

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The Death Joke (1988)

Alan Moore The deadly joke is arguably one of the best Joker storylines ever written. It provides a backstory about the character, often used in screen customizations - an up-and-coming comic, dying to care for its pregnant wife, gets caught up with the local crowd and agrees to break in under the guise of Red Hood. When the heist goes wrong, the man who is set to become the Joker is confronted by Batman and falls into a chemical container to escape. He emerges as the character we have all come to know and love and who is out to destroy Batman's life.

Years go by and the Joker has his sights set on Inspector Gordon and his daughter Barbara. When Batman finally catches up with him, he tries to come to some kind of peace deal, but the Joker refuses because it's 'too late'.

There is a lot of subtlety behind it The deadly jokeespecially when it comes to the violent tendencies of history. Actions are hinted at without ever being fully disclosed, and this is how we see Batman take the life of the Joker in the final panel - hands around his neck until the laughter literally dies.

Batman: Bloodstorm (1994)

As an Elseworlds story from the 1994s Batman: blood storm does not take place in the regular DC continuity. Rather, it takes place in a Gotham that is overrun by vampires. In this case, Dracula himself is the greatest threat to a new vampire Batman. Blood storm is the second part of the vampiric trilogy - it takes place immediately after Batman's fight against Dracula and destroys him along with most of his henchmen.

Those who survived Batman's attack fall under the command of the Joker and he uses them to take control of the entire city. Batman tries together with Selina Kyle (who is a kind of wascat in this universe) to take down the Joker's newly discovered army, but when Selina delivers a fatal blow to Batman, the vampire knight loses control and drains the Joker's blood. However, the act not only kills the Joker, but puts Batman on the path to his own death.

The Nail (1998)

In 1998, Justice League of America: The Nail set out to answer the question of what the world would be like without Superman. Another story from Elseworlds, The nail starts with Jonathan and Martha Kent on a ride when they have a flat tire. The accident prevents her from discovering Superman, which creates a future where society hates metahumans and those with powers are considered outsiders.

In Gotham, the Joker has found a pair of energy-producing gauntlets made from alien technology, with which he releases the inmates of Arkham in the asylum. Batman, Robin and Batgirl face off against the clown Prince of Crime, but the trio can be easily captured. The Joker, who is the complete psychopath he is, uses the gauntlets to tear Robin and Batgirl to pieces in front of Batman. When Catwoman walks in to release the Dark Knight, he furiously attacks the Joker and grabs his neck on live TV.

The Joker would return in the 2004s Another nailwhere dimensional powers allow him to escape from hell, but he has returned to the underworld with the help of Robin's and Batgirl's ghosts.

The Demon Laughs (2001)

The demon laughsis a three-part story arc in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight This revolves around the unexpected collaboration between Ra's al Ghul and the Joker. Knowing that he cannot take over the world on his own, Ra's al Ghul and his daughter Talia approach the Joker with a plan: Liberate the entire world from its population, including Batman. The Joker is all for the idea at first, but soon realizes that once the deed is done he will no longer be necessary for Ra and he decides to double cross the pair.

Ultimately, the Joker's plan fails - both Al Ghuls are immune to the deadly contagion the three want to bring into the world, and Ra's, who now knows that the Joker has cheated on him, lets Talia shoot him.

He is revived via the Lazarus Pit, but for a brief moment Batman rightly loses his enemy. The best thing about this series, however, has nothing to do with the Joker dying in Batman's arms, and all with the shift in focus from the Dark Knight to some of his greatest enemies.

Batman: The Joker's Last Laugh (2001)

In 2001, The Joker's last laugh brought together a number of DC characters, including a number of villains who become altered versions of themselves thanks to a gun gas put together by a terminally ill Joker. Apparently the story was originally intended to have more lasting ramifications for their characters than they - creators Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty told Newsarama In 2017, they really wanted to change the DC Universe. "We wanted a crossover with consistency and not a reset to the same status quo as before the event," said Beatty. 'Somebody had to die. And consequently there would be grief and anger and great drama that would determine the Bat titles for a year after that. '

Regardless of what ultimately happened in their story, The Joker's last laugh did Give readers a legitimate Joker death - and nothing less from Batman. After the Joker successfully 'jokerizes' a number of DC villains, the idea that Robin died to one of them brings Nightwing over the edge and he beats the Joker to death ... at least temporarily.

Asylum (2013)

Grant Morrisons Batman # 666 is a 2007 one-shot that tells the story of Damian Wayne - Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul's son - and a much, much darker version of Batman than his father ever was. He has also sold his soul to the devil so that he has the benefit of supernatural healing abilities. Damian has no problem killing, and he has no problem turning Gotham into his own private prison either.

He does however, try to do the right thing. And in the 'asylum' story in Batman, Incorporated # 5Batman's attempt to do good is going very, very badly. As the Joker Virus sweeps across Gotham, turning anyone within its confines into a Jokerized zombie, Batman discovers a baby who shows no signs of infection. If he thinks the child is the answer to a cure, he saves it, only to find that she is actually just a carrier of the virus. When the joking horde approaches him, the US government drops an atomic bomb on the city.

The Punchline (2013)

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion created a damn good Joker for the New 52. That iteration had allowed another villain - the Dollmaker - to remove his face at the start of the run, and he spent the rest of his time doing it to wear it is loose like a mask. in the Death of the familyEverything between the Joker and Batman comes to a head and Batman is left alone more than ever.

When the Joker captures Batman's family members, he tortures each one individually and tells them secrets he learned about their beloved patriarch. His hope is to take Batman's family away so that the two of them will only be left with each other. At some point he tells everyone in Batman's family that he also removed their faces, which he served them during an elaborate dinner. After some back and forth over uncovering secret identities, Batman convinces the Joker that he knows his true identity and lets the Joker race deep into the Batcave into an abyss.

The Joker: Endgame (2015)

In all of the instances the Joker has died throughout its comic book history, none has been as poetic as his death in The Joker: Endgame. Pick up anytime after the events of Death of the familyIt turns out the Joker survived his fall in the Batcave, and now he's really upset with Batman for failing him.

To return to Batman (and the entire city of Gotham), the Joker releases a powerful poison that not only Jokerizes its victims, but also forces them to attack those they love. When the city falls into chaos, Batman searches the caves below Gotham for a cure, but finds an area with explosives instead. He and the Joker enter one final battle in which both are mortally wounded. Batman asks the Joker to stay with him when he dies, and shortly thereafter, a piece of the cave breaks loose and crushes the Joker.

Batman: Damn it (2019)

In 2018, DC launched its Black Label, a platform for artists to tell mature DC stories without worrying about continuity. The first comic published by the imprint wasBatman: Damn it, a three-part supernatural story by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, which the couple described as sort of a sequel to their 2008 graphic novel joker.

Batman: Damn it its story begins with Joker's death. We know he fell off Gotham Bridge, and we believe Batman could be responsible - in fact, Batman himself is scared that he might have been the cause of Joker's death ... he just can't remember it. In search of answers, he seeks out Konstantin, who takes him on a journey into the supernatural underbelly of the DC universe. Batman eventually gets his answer through a few select encounters and some time travel. We're not going to spoil it for you here, but you can probably guess how the Joker fares.