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Further Adventures of The Joker, The Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition/First Printing edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553285319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553285314
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a KEEPER.
Donoho
They are as follows: "Belly Laugh, or The Joker's Trick or Treat" by Joe R. Lansdale Quite a good story to start off with.
Inspector Gadget
Each story is well written.
Philip Manley

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "blackbird357" on April 25, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I find The Joker to be a fascinating fictional character, and this collection of short stories definitely manages (at least for the most part) to get at what I feel is the true character of The Clown Prince of Crime. This little overlooked book is probably the best portrayal of The Joker this side of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke.
The quality of the stories is uneven, ranging from brilliant to forgettable. Unfortunately, the very best stories are all weighted toward the first part of the book and sets you up thinking that ALL of the stories will be that good. My favorites are "The Man Who Laughs" and "On a Beautiful Summer's Day, He Was." The latter, while being the least "Joker"-y of the lot, is also the most disturbing. "On the Wire" is also excellent, and although "Jangletown" falls into the average group, it's memorable for its description of the Joker (which brought shadows of Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum) and the hints at pederasty. Most of the others are average but still entertaining and full of dark, disturbing moments (Bruce Wayne's punchline in "Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard," the opening of "Bone," and the patricide in "Best of All"). The only story I flat out didn't like was "The Joker's Christmas."
I thought it was an excellent decision to use horror writers for the most part to bring The Joker to life...I can't imagine a genre he more belongs at home in.
Do yourself a favor a grab a copy of this book. It's truly unsettling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donoho on March 21, 2001
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To me, this book defines The Joker; A mean-spirited, incredibly intelligent, completely psychotic mass murderer with a way beyond warped sense of humor. I first read this book in High School. Once I picked it up, it was so amazing/disturbing I couldn't put it down until I'd read the whole thing. I wrote a paper on it that got me into AP English. Now 10+ years later, it was so good I'm searching for it again. This book is a KEEPER. Be careful who you loan it to, they might think so too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By noravasc on November 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book consists of several short stories, each written by a different author, and all of them about the Joker. The stories are too short for me to tell you much about them, and besides, part of what makes this book great is the different angles taken on the Joker. Each story focus on the Joker, but each shows a different part of the whole Joker.
I would recomend this to any Batman fan, any comic fan, or anyone looking for good short stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lang on March 29, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Joker is, and has always been, my favorite fictional character of all time. If you are a fan of the Killing Joke, and are a fan of the dark, psychotic portrayal of the Joker, then this book will definitely please you. I first read the book when I was in fourth grade. The story "On a Beautiful Summers day, he was" disturbed me then and still does now. It was the one story from this book that has stuck with me for all the years since I first read it (about 11 years ago). Check this book out; it's a real treat for Batman fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on January 27, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This second collection of short stories from the DC universe (published, appropriately, by Bantam) is based around the maniacal exploits and early history of the Joker, arguably the most infamous fictional villain of all time, and a life and character ripe for endless speculation. The stories seem to at their best whenever Batman takes a back seat, or is absent entirely. A few of them could have been trimmed from the collection though. They are as follows:

"Belly Laugh, or The Joker's Trick or Treat" by Joe R. Lansdale

Quite a good story to start off with. It features Bats trying to catch the Joker, who has escaped from Arkham and is killing the people who have most recently pissed him off by dissolving them with acid. Quite gruesome, and unlike anything we have seen in the movies or animated shows. Can you imagine the 1960s TV series tackling a story like this? It's told from Batman's perspective, but I don't quite think Joe. R Lansdale fully gets his mentality. Lansdale has, however, been heavily involved with the Batman universe since writing this story, and the only thing that lets it down are the constant, nerdy film references.

"Definative Therapy" by F. Paul Wilson

The Joker is locked up in Arkham and has a new shrink treating him. Despite being warned that the Joker is a master manipulator the new shrink thinks he can outsmart him and lives to regret it. A cautionary tale for sure with a nice twist at the end. But the narrative conflicts with the ending. Otherwise, it's very good.

"On a Beautiful Summer's Day He Was" by Robert R. McCammon

A dark and disturbing story featuring a young Joker (known only as Junior) and his bleak childhood with an unbalanced father and in-denial housewife mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David B. Clevinger (dbclev@earthlink.net) on June 13, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Bone" by Will Murray is worth the price of the book alone. "Oh, I'm collecting kitties and puttin' 'em in bags," sings our emerald-topped antagonist. What he does with them is, well, horrific. Throw in F. Paul Wilson's "Definitive Therapy," a chilling look at The Joker through a psychiatrist's eyes, and Robert Sheckley's "Joker's War," with The Joker somehow caught up in the second World War, and you've got a must-read for fans of this mythos. The rest of the stories are hit and miss, but you won't care. This collection of stories will keep you up late.
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