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The Evolution of the Joker: Best Joker Stories by Decade

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Many of comics’ most popular characters have been around for decades, and in the case of the big names from the publisher now known as DC Comics, some have been around for a sizable chunk of a century. As these characters passed through the different historical eras known in comics as the Golden Age (the late 1930s through the early 1950s), the Silver Age (the mid 1950s through the late 1960s), the Bronze Age (the early 1970s through the mid 1980s) and on into modern times, they have experienced considerable changes in tone and portrayal that reflect the zeitgeist of the time.

With this feature we’ll help you navigate the very best stories of DC Comics’ most significant characters decade by decade. This week, we’re taking a look at the best Joker comics.

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51 Years Ago Today: Zatanna Made Her Magical Debut

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Debuting in the pages of Hawkman #4 by Murphy Anderson and Gardner Fox this week in 1964, Zatanna is a magician in a science fiction world; a magic user in a shared universe built upon Superman's otherworldly power and Batman's human ingenuity. She is both a “real” magician and a performance magician, as much at home with a genuine mind-wipe as she is with a dove up her sleeve.

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‘Batman vs. Superman’: Michael Shannon Confirms Zod’s Very Weird Return

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Although Henry Cavill’s Superman defeated Zod in Man of Steel, the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have shown that Michael Shannon’s not really done with the franchise just yet. As Shannon confirms in a new interview, Zod will indeed return…though he won’t be quite how we remembered him.

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Kurt Busiek And Brent Anderson On The 20th Anniversary Of ‘Astro City’ [Interview]

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In 1995, Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross launched Astro City, and in the years since, it's been one of the most consistently amazing superhero comics on the stands. Built around the idea of looking at the lives of superheroes from a perspective that didn't always follow the major cataclysms and battles of good against evil, Astro City gave us a person-on-the-street view of things like secret identities, flight, and even shifting continuity, in a way that no other comic ever had.

With this week's Astro City #26, Busiek and Anderson celebrate the 20th year of their universe. To mark the occasion, I spoke to them about how their process has changed over the course of two decades, the way the stories are built, and their favorite moments from the book's long history.

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Gotham Goes Pop With Funko’s New Figures This Fall

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Can you believe it took until the second season was about to start for Funko to get on board the Gotham train? To be fair, it did also take a few seasons to get Arrow Pops, but Funko moved fast with the Flash [insert Price is Right winning theme here]. These are the jokes, people. Anyway, this week, Funko announced the superhero police drama Gotham would indeed finally join the Pop family of figures, with the major players from the cast getting their own caricatures in the highly popular line.

Coming in September, the Gotham Funko Pop series will include James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Fish Mooney, Oswald Cobblepot, Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne. All of them are immediately familiar if you've seen the show, but Fish Mooney and Selina Kyle, and to a degree Oswald, have a bit more of a signature look that transcends the plainclothes stylings of the GCPD and boarding school brat Bruce. There's an outfit you never saw Kenner make way back when.

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‘The Flash’ Gets His Own Bat-Signal in First Season 2 Tease

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The early timing of Comic-Con 2015 prevented The Flash or Arrow from debuting any new footage of the fall premiers, despite myriad set photo teases, but it seems Barry Allen has won the race to get some footage out there. Watch The Flash face off against Atom Smasher, and check out Barry’s Bat-Signal in our first official Season 2 teaser!

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For August 19 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie Tattooed David Ayer and Joel Kinnaman

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Our very first look at Suicide Squad came via that now-famous image of Jared Leto as a heavily-tatted, street thug version of the Joker. In keeping with the tattoo angle, Will Smith and Margot Robbie had a little fun on the Suicide Squad set, permanently inking co-star Joel Kinnaman and director David Ayer.

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13 Facts You May Not Have Known About Superman

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at that strange visitor from another planet, the Man of Steel...Superman! Find out a baker's dozen facts about DC's Man of Tomorrow, including the far-reaching influence of the Superman radio show both in and out of the comics, and Superman's strangest friends, foes, pets, and transformations!

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Bizarro Back Issues: Darkseid’s Invasion Of Earth And How It Never Actually Happened (1984)

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It's never the wrong time to read a Jack Kirby comic, but with the King's birthday coming up in two weeks, now is a better time than most. Of course, the big problem there is trying to narrow it down --- Kirby's career did, after all, span six decades and involve some pretty prolific major work --- but really, when you want to read Kirby comics, you want to go for the big stuff.

And there's nothing bigger than Darkseid finally launching his attack on Earth, a battle so titanic that it took the combined forces of the Justice League and their most diabolical villains to repel it. It's the most titanic battle possible, on the grandest, most cosmic scale!

Except for the part where, you know, it doesn't actually happen.

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