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He Who Laughs Last Apparently Laughs a Whole Freaking Lot

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48 Joker Story Titles That Make It Clear the Guy Really, Really Likes to Laugh

Hey, I’m not going to diss the Clown Prince of Crime, especially when he’s within earshot. But sometimes, do you ever feel deep down that the Joker might be a little… well, one-note?

Don’t get me wrong: many great writers have gotten a lot of mileage out of the guy over the decades, and there are a lot of reasons why Arkham’s favorite son is usually at the head of the super-villain line when Batman gets re-upped to star in a new film franchise, TV show, video game, set of trading cards, line of Underoos, you name it.

But let’s be honest: he’s a scary clown. Strip away all the joy buzzers and film interpretations and fancy psychological jibber-jabber and it’s pretty easy to figure out how he made his way to the top of the super-villain heap: people are scared of clowns. I mean, it’s bad enough when some random dude in a fright wig is trying to make you laugh with squirting flowers or knock-knock jokes, but while he’s wearing the pallor of the grave ‘pon his face…? Yeah, no thanks.

And as if the scary whiteface and leering rictus aren’t bad enough, the dude is always laughing. Like, all the time. Especially during events that do no warrant any amused response whatsoever, like when Fuller House is playing on Netflix. That’s pretty goshdamn unnerving, any way you try to slice it.

Anyhow, if you didn’t get the memo, he likes to laugh. Often getting the last one, even. How do we know this? Because the writers can’t stop reminding us with their choice of Joker story titles…

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1. “The Case of the Laughing Death!”
Detective Comics #45 (11/40)

2. “Laugh, Town, Laugh!”
Detective Comics #62 (04/42)

3. “The Joker’s Last Laugh”
Detective Comics #332 (09/64)

4. “The Joker’s Last Laugh”/”The Joker’s Epitaph”
Batman (TV), original airdates 02/15/67 – 02/16/67

5. “Death Has the Last Laugh”
The Brave and the Bold #111 (02-03/74)

6. “He Who Laughs Last”
The New Adventures of Batman (TV), original airdate c. April 1977

7. “The Laughing Fish”
Detective Comics #475 (02/78)

8. “Always Leave ‘Em Laughing”
Wonder Woman #281 (07/81)

9. “First Laugh…”
Wonder Woman #282 (08/81)

10. “… Last Laugh!”
Wonder Woman #283 (09/81)

11. “Last Laugh”
Batman #353 (11/82)

12. “Laugh, Killer, Laugh!”
Detective Comics #532 (11/83)

13. “The Last Laugh!”
Detective Comics #570 (01/87)

14. “To Laugh and Die in Metropolis”
Superman #9 (09/87)

15. “The Last Laugh”
Batman: The Animated Series (TV), original airdate 09/22/92

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16. “Die Laughing”
Batman #496 (07/93)

17. “Laughter after Midnight”
The Batman Adventures Annual #1 (1994)

18. “Make ‘Em Laugh”
Batman: The Animated Series (TV), original airdate 11/05/94

19. “Joker’s Last Laugh!”
The Batman and Robin Adventures #18 (05/97)

20. “Laugh ‘Till It Hurts”
Tangent Comics / The Joker #1 (12/97)

21. “He Who Laughs Last”
The Creeper #8 (07/98)

22. Die Laughing, Books 1 & 2 (12/98)

23. “No Laughing Matter”
Catwoman #64 (01/99)

24. “The Fishy Laugh”
Legends of the DC Universe #26 (03/2000)

25. “He Who Laughs Last!”
Action Comics #770 (09/2000)

26. “The Demon Laughs”
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #142 (06/2001)

27. Joker: Last Laugh (six-issue mini-series, 2001)

28. “Midnight Madness: A Last Laugh Jaunt”
Nightwing #62 (12/2001)

29. “Laugh, and the World Laughs with You!”
Orion #19 (12/2001)

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30. “Laughing at Myself”
The Spectre #10 (12/2001)

31. “Die Hard Laughing”
Superboy #93 (12/2001)

32. “You Only Laugh Twice”
Joker: Last Laugh #6 (01/2002)

33. “Who’s Laughing Now?”
Wonder Woman #205 (08/2004)

34. Batman: The Man Who Laughs (02/2005)

35. “The Laughing Bat”
The Batman (TV), original airdate 6/4/2005

36. “The Last Laugh”
Batman: Dark Detective #6 (09/2005)

37. “The Laughing Cats”
The Batman (TV), original airdate 11/19/2005

38. “It Only Hurts When I Laugh”
Batman #650 (04/2006)

39. “Last Laugh”
Countdown #50 (07/2007)

40. “Laughing Matters!”
Batman Confidential #10 (12/2007)

41. “The Jokester’s Last Laugh”
Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society #1 (12/2007)

42. “He Who Laughs Last…!”
Joker’s Asylum: Penguin #1 (09/2008)

43. “Laugh and the World Laughs With You”
Detective Comics #867 (09/2010)

44. “The (s)Laughter of Fools”
Detective Comics #868 (10/2010)

45. “Laughter Out of Dead Bellies”
Detective Comics #869 (11/2010)

46. “Last Man Laughing”
Detective Comics #870 (12/2010)

47. “Death of the Family: It Only Hurts When You Laugh”
Red Hood and the Outlaws #15 (02/2013)

48. “The First Laugh”
Batman #37 (02/2015)