The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (2020) #1
The Clown Prince of Crime celebrates 80 years of chaos! The Joker has been the greatest villain in comics since his debut and to celebrate we have a who’s who of comics’ finest talent giving the Harlequin of Hate the birthday roast he deserves. The stories feature a range of terror and anarchy, showing how the Joker has impacted Gotham City from the police to Arkham Asylum, from the local underworld to the Dark Knight and his allies! Make sure to RSVP to this birthday bash-you wouldn’t want to wake up with a Joker Fish on your doorstep, would you?

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (2020) #1 Details

TitleThe Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (2020) #1
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherDc Comics
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Dc Comics, Batman, Superheroes, Graphic Novels Comics, Comic Book

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (2020) #1 Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Ten stories celebrating the Clown Prince of Crime plus some pinups. Standouts for me were the Scott Snyder / Jock story about a psychiatrist helping the Joker's victims. Tom Taylor and Eduardo Risso's story about the Joker meeting a little boy who pulls the legs off bugs. When he finds out no one came to the kid's birthday party, he forces kids to come. We also get Punchline's origin which I quite liked. There's also a story by the late Denny O'Neill. Sadly it's not very good. I did fell a bit c Ten stories celebrating the Clown Prince of Crime plus some pinups. Standouts for me were the Scott Snyder / Jock story about a psychiatrist helping the Joker's victims. Tom Taylor and Eduardo Risso's story about the Joker meeting a little boy who pulls the legs off bugs. When he finds out no one came to the kid's birthday party, he forces kids to come. We also get Punchline's origin which I quite liked. There's also a story by the late Denny O'Neill. Sadly it's not very good. I did fell a bit cheated that there are 8 pages of reprints of iconic Joker covers when DC could have given us another story. All in all though a solid group of stories.
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty fun celebration issue of the character. We also get Punchlines Origin which is pretty cool as well!
  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    SUPER FAST REVIEW:Wow, Joker has been doing his thing for a whole 80 years! Alright so I’m gonna give a controversial opinion here: Joker is an overrated villain. Yes, despite the 2019 origin story being my favorite DC movie ever (that was an exceptional masterpiece that made the character much better IMO) I consider him overrated.That being said I still wanted to get this because he is without a doubt sort of an icon in not only comics but also culture in general as weird as that sounds. So yea SUPER FAST REVIEW:Wow, Joker has been doing his thing for a whole 80 years! Alright so I’m gonna give a controversial opinion here: Joker is an overrated villain. Yes, despite the 2019 origin story being my favorite DC movie ever (that was an exceptional masterpiece that made the character much better IMO) I consider him overrated.That being said I still wanted to get this because he is without a doubt sort of an icon in not only comics but also culture in general as weird as that sounds. So yeah once again picked up this collection piece and a sweet variant!(Artist: Lee Bermejo)I was pleasantly surprised that this anthology special is a bit better than I expect from anthologies. I think part of it is that most of the stories feel more like short crime drama and/or horror stories. That being said some are better than others as always, there are some I didn’t care for but for the most part this was pretty good and I enjoyed it.So yeah I guess even if you’re not a huge Joker fan you might enjoy this. If you are definitely pick this up!4/5
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  • Peter Looles
    January 1, 1970
    "The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1"This comic features 10 new stories about the Joker. Almost all of those stories are written by well known coming writers and drawn by well known comic artists. The first Story, "Scars" is written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Jock. This story is about a psychiatrist who treats people who have encountered Joker and his terrible acts of violence and manipulation. I liked this story because it truly understands Joker. It displays Joker's mani "The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1"This comic features 10 new stories about the Joker. Almost all of those stories are written by well known coming writers and drawn by well known comic artists. The first Story, "Scars" is written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Jock. This story is about a psychiatrist who treats people who have encountered Joker and his terrible acts of violence and manipulation. I liked this story because it truly understands Joker. It displays Joker's manipulating powers in an amazing way.The second story, "What Comes After a Joke?" is written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Mikel Janín. This story is about Punchline getting scolded in college by the principal, because she wore a Joker t-shirt in the "Dress like your hero day" that the school put together after 3 coworkers of the brother of a student in the school were killed by Joker. Punchline stands up to him and the kills him to prove to Joker that he can trust her and work with her. I didn't like this story. The artwork wasn't really my style and the story felt totally unnecessary, uninteresting and boring.The third story "Kill the Batman" is written by Gary Whitta & Greg Miller and drawn by Dan Mora. In this story Batman has just died in the hands of Joker, Alfred reveals to everybody that Batman was Bruce Wayne, him, Superman and commissioner Gordon talk to Daily Planet about Batman and there's a funeral for Batman/Bruce. Joker attends this funeral and realises that without Batman he's nothing, so he retires from crime. The first half of the story, with Superman, Alfred and Gordon talking about Batman felt kinda weird and wrong, but the second half with Joker's inner monologue and his self-realisation was really interesting and I liked it a lot, although, the ending was terrible and unfunny. The forth story, "Introducing the Dove Corps" is written by Denny O'Neil and drawn by José Luis García-López. In this story, Joker, goes to Guatemala to join the Dove Corps, a non lethal U.N. task force that tries to save some hostages, without killing anyone. Joker helps them by using a new, non lethal gun he invented, but then, when the mission is over, he kills everyone. That story was really stupid. Just really, REALLY stupid, from the first panel, to the last one. Every single panel, every single word balloon, everything was stupid. The dialogues are terribly written, the artwork was mediocre, the characters were badly written, the jokes were unfunny, the ending was unnecessary and just everything was wrong (and stupid). The fifth story, "The War Within" is written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Simone Bianchi. I really can't explain what happens in this story, but I loved it. The artwork was amazing, the writing was 100% poetic and everything was just incredible. The sixth story, "The Last Smile" is written by Paul Dini and drawn by Riley Rossmo. In this story, Joker, talks to Harley Quinn about a nightmare he has every night. In this nightmare he is put on death row and he makes fun of everyone, but when he is in the electric chair he sees Batman looking at him and laughing. I liked this story, because the artwork was great and the writing was very good as well. It dives deep into Joker's soul in a very interesting way. The seventh story, "Birthday Bugs" is written by Tom Taylor and drawn by the incredible Eduardo Risso. In this story Joker meets in the street a lonely kid that tortures small insects. He learns that it is the kid's birthday and nobody came, so he threatens all the other kids in the neighborhood, to make them come at the kid's party. While they are blowing the candles, the kids father comes back home and it turns our he works for the Joker and that the reason Joker came there was to kill him for missing out on a "job" they had last night, but he decides just to cut some of his fingers. I really liked this story. The artwork was amazing and the writing was incredible. It was emotional and touching in an unexpected way. The characters were all well written and the dialogues as well. The eighth story, "No Heroes" is written by Eduardo Medeiros & Rafael Albuquerque and drawn by Rafael Albuquerque. In this story, an employee of the Gotham Bank tries to be a hero and save the other employees, when some robbers come in. He kills one of them, but fails to do more. One of the robbers takes his mask of and reveals that he's the Joker. He talks to this employee and spares his life. This story was interesting and it had to do with what makes someone risk his life to save the others. I quite liked this story, the writing was good, but I didn't like the artwork as much. The ninth story, "Penance" is written and drawn by Tony S. Daniel. In this story a mobster that has been targeted by Joker for taking a medallion that one of Joker's employees had goes to church to talk to a priest. He talks to him about his sins and a dream he constantly has, in which he becomes Batman and tries to catch the Joker, but fails. After that the priest takes of his mask, reveals himself as the Joker and kills the mobster. The tenth and final story, "Two Fell Into the Hornet's Nest" is written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Lee Bermejo. This story had many similarities with Miloš Forman's classic, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". In this story Joker is an asylum (probably Arkham Asylum) with Batman, who's also kinda crazy. This story felt weird, but it wasn't bad. It was alright. The artwork was great, but the writing was mediocre. Story 1: 10/10Story 2: 4/10Story 3: 6/10Story 4: 1/10Story 5: 10/10Story 6: 8/10Story 7: 10/10Story 8: 8/10Story 9: 7/10Story 10: 7/10The whole comic: 7/10
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  • Shaun Stanley
    January 1, 1970
    I actually really like these anthology one shots that DC puts together. They really give authors and writers a chance to do something a little different with characters and not be held to fleshing out a full issue. The Joker collection proved to be another fun read.I think the best story for the The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular is the Scott Snyder/Jock collaboration "Scars". I also really liked the Gary Whitta/Greg Miller/Dan Mora story "Kill the Batman" and the Paul Dini/Ri I actually really like these anthology one shots that DC puts together. They really give authors and writers a chance to do something a little different with characters and not be held to fleshing out a full issue. The Joker collection proved to be another fun read.I think the best story for the The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular is the Scott Snyder/Jock collaboration "Scars". I also really liked the Gary Whitta/Greg Miller/Dan Mora story "Kill the Batman" and the Paul Dini/Riley Rossko" story "The Last Smile.""What Comes After A Joke?" is my first experience with Punchline. She seems like an interesting character so I'm curious to see her in action in Joker War. We also got a classic feeling story with Denny O'Neil (Rest in Peace)and José Luis García-López teaming up on "Introducing the Dove Corps.I know a lot of people think Joker is a overrated and overused character, but when written well, Batman and Joker bring out great stories for both characters. And I think that is important. Writers just can't make Joker crazy. The best Joker stories bring some motivation and reason to his actions. Here is to another 80 years of the best ever comic villain.
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    I ain't the biggest fan of those comic anthology, but I like this one. We get a lot of variety in art style and story style as well. Some are better than other, but overall we get a good quality of story. My only concern, and it isn't for this book in particular, but all comic anthology, is that we get short story of comic story. Something between 5 to 10 pages is very short in comic and I just feel like we get just too few pages to get into each story. I would have like maybe a bit less story b I ain't the biggest fan of those comic anthology, but I like this one. We get a lot of variety in art style and story style as well. Some are better than other, but overall we get a good quality of story. My only concern, and it isn't for this book in particular, but all comic anthology, is that we get short story of comic story. Something between 5 to 10 pages is very short in comic and I just feel like we get just too few pages to get into each story. I would have like maybe a bit less story but more depth in them. Still very enjoyable and fun for every Joker fans!
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    While there were some admittedly stellar moments dispersed throughout, the collection kind of fizzled overall. The standout story without question is ‘Scars’ by Scott Snyder and Jock. It’s a truly chilling psychological masterpiece! Other than that, there’s a nice backstory/introduction to Punchline courtesy of James Tynion, as well as a multitude of clever allusions to previous Batman lore. Noticeable omissions include Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, and Greg Capullo. I definitely While there were some admittedly stellar moments dispersed throughout, the collection kind of fizzled overall. The standout story without question is ‘Scars’ by Scott Snyder and Jock. It’s a truly chilling psychological masterpiece! Other than that, there’s a nice backstory/introduction to Punchline courtesy of James Tynion, as well as a multitude of clever allusions to previous Batman lore. Noticeable omissions include Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, and Greg Capullo. I definitely would have liked to have seen Jeff Lemire and Sean Murphy included as well. Also, I know that the story by Azzarello and Bermejo is some kind of play on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but I was totally lost beyond that.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Of all the tributes DC and Marvel have been doing, really liked this one. Joker's just a fun character, but definitely not queer enough for my liking :/
  • Alan D.D.
    January 1, 1970
    Una muy buena colección de historias originales. La demencia llega a nuevos niveles con muchas de estas historias y vemos al Guasón en papeles que van más allá de solo ser el villano. Las primeras historias fueron normales, no hubo mucha sorpresa, aunque sí creatividad, pero me encantaron principalmente Birthday Bugs y No Heroes. Muy, muy recomendadas.A very good collection of original stories. Insanity reaches new levels with many of these stories and we see the Joker in roles that go beyond ju Una muy buena colección de historias originales. La demencia llega a nuevos niveles con muchas de estas historias y vemos al Guasón en papeles que van más allá de solo ser el villano. Las primeras historias fueron normales, no hubo mucha sorpresa, aunque sí creatividad, pero me encantaron principalmente Birthday Bugs y No Heroes. Muy, muy recomendadas.A very good collection of original stories. Insanity reaches new levels with many of these stories and we see the Joker in roles that go beyond just being the villain. The first stories were common, there was not much surprise, although there was creativity, but I mainly loved Birthday Bugs and No Heroes. Highly, highly recommended.
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  • Paul Dinger
    January 1, 1970
    These have been surprisingly good and this one is no exception. The Joker is really a one note character and it is wise that DC does use him sparingly. In this book, his victims take center stage and what happens with them is always a surprise, one even becomes his co hort in crime. I think the definitive joker story hasn't been told and that is the Joker in prison story, which would explain how he gets out all the time and how many Harley Quinns are truly out there. I bought this for the cover, These have been surprisingly good and this one is no exception. The Joker is really a one note character and it is wise that DC does use him sparingly. In this book, his victims take center stage and what happens with them is always a surprise, one even becomes his co hort in crime. I think the definitive joker story hasn't been told and that is the Joker in prison story, which would explain how he gets out all the time and how many Harley Quinns are truly out there. I bought this for the cover, I read it on a whim, and I am glad that I did. A good story.
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  • Seth
    January 1, 1970
    This is a collection of 100 pages short tales centering around the joker.Overall, most of the stories were pretty good. Some hit harder than others and some were weaker, but that’s expected.This was a 9.99 giant comic and I thought it delivered pretty well, albeit it’s a tad pricey. Good for a short and easy read between story arcs and a good pallet cleanser. There’s always a place for stuff like this on my comic shelf.All in all, if you are a joker fan (like myself) this should be an easy purch This is a collection of 100 pages short tales centering around the joker.Overall, most of the stories were pretty good. Some hit harder than others and some were weaker, but that’s expected.This was a 9.99 giant comic and I thought it delivered pretty well, albeit it’s a tad pricey. Good for a short and easy read between story arcs and a good pallet cleanser. There’s always a place for stuff like this on my comic shelf.All in all, if you are a joker fan (like myself) this should be an easy purchase. Recommended.
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  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    "Kill the Batman" by Whitta and Miller is a perfect story. "No Heroes" by Medeiros and Albuquerque is also amazing. All stories in this anthology are between good and stellar. Highly recommended if you are a DC comics fan.
  • Andrea Prepo
    January 1, 1970
    Joker is suh an interesting character, overall a good collection of short stories, some of them really well written and with incredible illustrations. Bonus poinst for that little glimpse into Punchiline's origin story
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Ten mini-stories and I only didnt care for two of them. I really enjoyed the iconic covers interspersed between the stories.
  • Kevin Atherton
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
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