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Bizarro Back Issues: Here’s That Joker-Batman Team-Up To Solve The Penguin’s Murder You’ve Always Wanted (1982)

Brave and the Bold #191, DC Comics

A couple weeks ago when I was writing about why the Penguin has never been one of my favorite Batman villains, I mentioned one of my earliest favorite comics: An issue of The Brave and the Bold that was nominally a Penguin story, but was more focused on the Joker. The main point then was that the Penguin was kind of a bit player even in one of his own stories, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that there might be some subtle nuances to this story that would be worth a closer examination.

There aren't. I mean, it's a mid-80s issue of Brave and the Bold, and those things are about as subtle as a brick upside the head. But it is a pretty great issue, and as an added bonus, it features a handy guide to everything you should not do if you're running a business in Gotham City.

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Link Ink: Joker’s Vandalism, ‘Thor 2′ Endings Explained, And Golgo 13 Honored

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Click through for a heapin' helpin' of links for your Tuesday.

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The Comics Alliance Halloween Costume Countdown: The Joker

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October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.

But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we're putting a smile on that face with the many versions of The Joker available for your Halloween enjoyment/clown murder sprees.

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Link Ink: Glow-In-The-Dark TMNT Toys, The Simpsons X Hello Kitty And MLP Micro Fun Packs

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Click through for all the links this Thursday affords.

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Link Ink: Retro Batman Toys, ‘Bayonetta’ Anime And Ultron’s Drone Dilemma

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Get all of your Monday links after the jump.

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Mega Ran Raps The Joker’s Origin From ‘The Killing Joke’ To The Beat Of The NES ‘Batman’ Game

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If you've been paying attention to the Comics Controversy Meter over the past few weeks (a scientific system that measures outrage in milihudsons), you may recall that Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke has been the topic of a whole lot of debate lately. People have raised questions about authorial intent, ambiguity, interpretation, continuity and a whole lot of other stuff, but I think the one thing we can agree on is that the story lends itself pretty well to the world of hip-hop.

Okay, I'll admit it: We did not actually know that before today. Thankfully, CA favorite Mega Ran is here to show us with "One Bad Day," where he raps the Joker's origin story over a beat sampling the NES Batman game. Check it out below!

 

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Joker’s Solo Series (1975)

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If you've been down to the comic book store over the past couple of weeks, you've probably noticed that for DC, it's Villains Month, where a tie-in to the big Forever Evil event has led to the bad guys headlining the monthly comics instead of the heroes. As a result, we're getting comics with names like Batman #23.1/Joker #1, which I think we can all agree makes things easy to follow. The thing is, while this definitely isn't the first time the villains have stepped into the spotlight, it's not even the first time we've gotten a comic called Joker #1.

That happened way back in 1975, when somebody at DC figured that it was a good idea to give the Clown Prince of Crime his own ongoing series that managed to last a mere nine issues -- and it's actually even stranger than it sounds.

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Link Ink: ‘Shortpacked’ Vs. ‘Zen Pencils,’ Funko Teams With Super7 And A ‘Plants Vs. Zombies’ Corn Maze

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Get all your Labor Day links, after the jump.

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So What Really Happened At The End Of ‘The Killing Joke’? [Opinion]

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In case you haven't heard yet, Grant Morrison recently offered his take on the end of The Killing Joke, the seminal 1988 story from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Widely considered one of the greatest Batman stories -- and possibly the greatest Joker story -- of all time, the ending is, arguably, a bit ambiguous. In an interview on Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman," Morrison said he believes that one-shot was Moore and Bolland's take on what would be a final Batman story --similar to Moore's Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? -- with the story ending when, in his mind, Batman chokes the Joker to death as he laughs maniacally.

The timing of this comment from Morrison is interesting, because I was talking about this scene a few days ago with a friend who I've been having this same argument with since 1998. She's on Team Morrison, believing that Batman kills the Joker as well. It's an interesting theory, and one I understand, but here's the thing: Not only do I think both my friend and Morrison are wrong, but I think Batman killing the Joker would make for a completely pointless story.

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‘Arkham City’ Joker and Silver Age Batman Play Arts Kai Figures Coming This Winter

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Square Enix's roughly 9.5" tall Batman: Arkham City line is about to expand as the Joker and Batman in his Silver Age skin get the Play Arts Kai treatment this December, joining previously-released previously-released AC Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy toys.

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