Joker

Don't make us laugh. The green hair. The crazed smile. The maniacal cackle. You know exactly who he is and how far he'd go to put a smile on your face.

Whether by way of award-winning films like "The Dark Knight," Emmy-winning animated programs like "Batman: The Animated Series," video game appearances such as the record-breaking "Batman: Arkham Asylum," or the countless comics stacking comic book shelves and digital libraries, the Joker stands unquestionably as the most recognizable and popular comic book villain in pop culture history. Unpredictable, violent and incredibly dangerous, he is chaos personified and has taken on everyone from his archenemy Batman to even the Man of Steel.

But Gotham remains his primary home and Batman his biggest adversary, and no hero is perhaps better suited as in many ways, the Joker is the polar opposite of the Dark Knight. Both were created by a great tragedy, but Batman has since vowed to do whatever it takes to prevent similar incidents, the Joker revels in creating chaos and destroying lives, believing that life’s a big joke and psychotically demonstrating that in a moment, it can all change.

Not much is known about his past, but his acts during the present are what define the Joker as one of the greatest threats to our heroes and the people they've sworn to protect. He's killed a Robin, crippled Batgirl, and tortured and murdered countless people throughout the DC Universe—all just for a laugh.

DC Comics Art Academy Featuring Mauricet

Welcome to the DC Comics Art Academy, a series of art tutorials recorded at Comic-Cons featuring many of the gifted and unique artists working for DC today. In today's installment, Dastardly and Muttley artist Mauricet changes gears and draws Etrigan the Demon, while discussing the virtues of working digitally versus traditionally, how he got his current gig at DC and what Jack Kirby means to him and to comic in general.

Check out more of Mauricet's work in Dastardly & Muttley: https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Dastardly-Muttley-2017/comics-series/101648?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy

See Etrigan in action in The Demon: Hell is Earth: https://www.readdcentertainment.com/The-Demon-Hell-is-Earth-2017/comics-series/106297?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz

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Breaking News: Harley Quinn Gets an Animated Series

The Gotham City troublemaker known as Harley Quinn got her start in animation. So it feels only appropriate that 25 years later, after reaching new heights of popularity, she’s returning to it.

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica: Hanging with the Girls

I’m not entirely sure where you might come down on all of the crossover books that DC has been doing lately, but I am a huge fan! The very idea of the recent DC/Looney Tunes crossovers bring a smile to my face. The idea is very Silver Age and something that DC was doing spectacularly during that time period. What’s even better about those crossover comics in particular is that they were really amazing.

Why Harley Quinn is Scarier Than the Joker

When the big question of who the most frightening Batman villain is inevitably comes around in nerdy conversation, most people’s go-to answer is the Joker. It’s a pretty good answer. It was my answer for a very long time until I started doing deeper dives and expanding my reading. Once I did, I realized that the most terrifying Batman villain—yes, even more frightening than Scarecrow, Dollmaker or Professor Pyg—is Harley Quinn.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy: The Greatest Partnership

Doctor Harleen Quinzel is probably most famous for her “mad love” romance with the Joker that prompted her creation in the first place. However, I would posit that Harley Quinn’s greatest partnership—and her greatest romance—is with another iconic Batman villainess. Doctor Pamela Isley is some 40 years older than Harley in publication history, but the two have enjoyed a relationship on any number of levels throughout the 25 years that the Clown Princess of Crime has been smashing hearts with her synonymous mallet.

With Friends Like These: Batman's Most Contentious Team-Ups

When you’re a super hero with as many connections as Batman, you’re bound to end up working with partners pretty regularly. It’s the curse of popularity in the super heroic world. Of course, when you’re a guy who is as traditionally...well, let’s just say difficult to get along with as Batman, some of those team-ups are going to be a little more challenging than others.

Let’s take a look at some of the Dark Knight’s most challenging forays into the world of partnering.

Batman Day: A Festival of Fans

Batman Day is this Saturday, which means all week long we’ll be celebrating the Dark Knight (and Gotham’s maid of mischief, Harley Quinn) here on DCComics.com. But that’s not all. We’re also celebrating his fans.

Bats in My TV

The Dark Knight. The Caped Crusader. The World’s Greatest Detective.

Whatever you want to call him, Batman holds the distinct honor of sitting atop the hill as many fans’ all-time favorite hero and one of the most successful characters ever created. With his backstory, suit/gadgets, smarts, fighting skills, alter ego, rogues gallery, and occasionally antihero persona, it’s easy to see how the Batman ingrained himself in our hearts and minds.

As a big fan, I was really excited when asked to write an article for Batman Day. I knew almost instantly what I wanted to write about…

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Harley?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a psychologist and a super-villain walk into Arkham Asylum—wait, no, I guess the super-villain doesn’t really walk in. Not willingly, at least. And the psychologist? She works there. She’s supposed to be treating him, but things don’t necessarily work out that way because life can be pretty funny sometimes. You might almost call it a joke. So anyway, the psychologist and the supervillain they end up hatching this scheme to break out of the asylum and…

Oh, you have heard this one?

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