DC First Look: The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Image: DC Comics
The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Image: DC Comics

The Joker 80th Anniversary Special

DC Comics offered a preview of The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular, a celebration of the Clown Prince of Crime’s eight decade featuring some of DC Comics’ brightest writers and artists. 

The preview offers a first look at unlettered art from three stories in the massive 100-page issue:

“WHAT COMES AT THE END OF A JOKE?”

Spinning out of the pages of his best-selling run on Batman, series writer James Tynion IV tells the origin story of the sensational new character Punchline! With stellar art from the acclaimed art team of Mikel Janín and Jordie Bellaire.

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The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Image: DC Comics
The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Courtesy: DC Comics
The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Courtesy: DC Comics

“BIRTHDAY BUGS”

The Joker turns birthday clown in this tale by Tom Taylor and Eduardo Risso. When The Joker goes to the home of an accomplice that did him wrong, he finds the man’s young son sitting alone picking apart bugs on his stoop. The boy assumes that the Joker is the clown for his birthday party and tells him that no one is coming. The Joker finds this unacceptable and goes around the neighborhood, “convincing” families to attend the birthday party and make it the best day he’s ever had. As for the boy’s father, he’s in for the worst moment of his life! 

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The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Image: DC Comics
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The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Image: DC Comics

“KILL THE BATMAN”

In a story set in a not-so-distant future the Joker has finally made his dream come true of killing the Batman and we see the all the DC universe in mourning. But this act doesn’t provide the catharsis the Joker thought it would…he needs an encore…something at Batman’s public memorial perhaps? Written by acclaimed screenwriter Gary Whitta, popular writer/podcaster Greg Miller and rising star comic artist Dan Mora.

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The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Image: DC Comics
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The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular. Image: DC Comics

In addition to the stories listed above, fans will also find stories and art from Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Scott Snyder, Jock, John Romita Jr., Kelley Jones and more. 

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular will retail for $9.99 and it will be available in comic shops on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. There will be eight different variant covers, so make sure you let your comic shop know if there is a particular cover you’re looking for.

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