Funko Pop – Heroes – Movie Moments – Batman – Batman vs The Joker – #280


The rivalry between the Joker and Batman is more than the regular rivalry between a hero and a criminal. The Joker, eccentric, crazed and irrational, represents a coherent ideology. He is all about chaos. He believes there is nothing intrinsically good in this world. The final destination is always chaos or apocalypse. This world is bad and irredeemable. On the other hand, Batman has hope in this world.

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Batman vs The Joker has probably been the most epic contrast of yin and yang or good vs evil that has ever been, The Joker debuted in Batman #1 (April 1940) as the eponymous character’s first villain, about a year after Batman’s debut in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). The Joker initially appeared as a remorseless serial killer, modeled after a joker playing card with a mirthless grin, who killed his victims with “Joker venom,” a toxin that left their faces smiling grotesquely.

The character was intended to be killed in his second appearance in Batman #1, after being stabbed in the heart. Finger wanted the Joker to die because of his concern that recurring villains would make Batman appear inept, but was overruled by then-editor Whitney Ellsworth; a hastily drawn panel, indicating that the Joker was still alive, was added to the comic. The Joker went on to appear in nine of Batmans first 12 issues.