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The Joker is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain appearing in publications by DC Comics. The character was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane, and first appeared in Batman #1. The credit for creating the character is disputed, as both Kane and Robinson claimed... MORE
The Joker is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain appearing in publications by DC Comics. The character was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane, and first appeared in Batman #1. The credit for creating the character is disputed, as both Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, but acknowledged Finger's writing contribution. Intended to be killed off during his initial appearance, the Joker was spared by editorial intervention, allowing the character to endure as the archenemy of the superhero Batman. Throughout his comic book appearances, the Joker is portrayed as a criminal mastermind. Originally introduced as a psychopath with a warped and sadistic sense of humor, the character became a goofy prankster in the late 1950s in response to the regulation of the Comics Code Authority, before being returned to his darker roots in the early 1970s. As Batman's nemesis, Joker has been a part of many of the defining stories of that character, including the paralysis of Batman's ally Batgirl, and the murder of Jason Todd, Batman's ward and the second Robin. The Joker has been given a variety of origin stories throughout his seven decades in publication, but the most common has him falling into a tank of chemical waste, which bleaches his skin white, turns his hair green and his lips bright red, with the resulting disfigurement driving him insane. Presented as the complete antithesis to Batman's character, the Joker has been repeatedly analyzed by critics as the perfect adversary for the superhero. LESS
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