Lew Schwartz cvr/art; classic cvr, origin of the Joker; 1st app Red HoodThe Joker has become nearly as ingrained in the modern pop vernacular as Batman. Through dozens of iterations of the character, from comic to tragic, psychotic to absurd, his origin was not revealed until over a decade after his debut. This historic issue, among the rarest of Batman keys, is a perennial favorite with legions of Joker collectors. The comic accomplishes the difficult task of making the devilish killer clown somehow more mysterious and haunting than before. The origin story presented within these pages is typical of the convoluted plot-lines of the Golden Age, but the harrowing undercurrent of the acid bath that created the Joker's terrifying smile set a legend in motion, eventually leading to the modern version of the Harlequin of Hate, and, in doing so, making this book, retroactively, into so much more than was intended at the time of its creation.Click here to view the interior page of Joker's origin story
This copy of Detective #168 has a really bright color palette and tremendous eye appeal for its grade. If you have been shopping around for this book, this is a great opportunity to snap up a truly handsome example at a reasonable ticket price. Books from the post-war period, when comics were struggling to keep afloat, were typically printed in smaller runs, leading to a lack of copies down the road for collectors, and this book is no exception, with just over 150 copies on the census. One of the only true key superhero books of the post-war period, this is a must-have issue for Batman collectors.
Overstreet Guide 2020 VG+ (4.5) value = $7,335.
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