A Tip of the Mad Hat to The Joker

Let’s take a moment to remember Jerry Robinson, 89, who died this week in Manhattan. Although Bob Kane is credited with giving us The Batman, one of the greatest heroes of all time, Robinson generally is thought to have been the mad genius behind The Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis who has lasted now into his eighth decade of mayhem.

The Joker with his (you'd have to have been there) classic "joker fish" weapons. Trust me. Genius.

As a creator of good guys and bad guys, I have always had a soft spot in my heart and a twisted spot in my soul for The Joker. He has no super powers. He has no over-riding agenda. He just wants to be bad.

Thank you, Mr. Robinson. Your creation will live on in our nightmares.

The image at left features pencils by Marshall Rogers, inks by Terry Austin. To me, this is the definitive Joker.

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Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

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