It’s only the greatest single issue in Batman history…

It’s so much fun that DC is getting into the Facsimile Edition action — y’know, full-on reprints that include an issue’s ads, letter columns and whatnot for a fraction of what it’d cost you to get an original.

So far, the company has announced Batman #232 (click here) and House of Secrets #92 (click here) for August, and Batman #181 (click here) for September. They all feature major first appearances — Ra’s al Ghul, Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy, respectively — and are being produced in tandem with various DC/Warner Bros. projects.

And those are all fantastic issues. No question at all. Can’t wait to grab ’em.

But come October, we’re getting a special treat — Batman #251, with the classic The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge! by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams.

Here’s the official solicitation blurb:


Written by DENNIS O’NEIL

Art and cover by NEAL ADAMS

It’s “The Joker’s Five-Way Revenge” — and it will take everything Batman has to stop the Clown Prince of Crime’s homicidal rampage! Don’t miss this 1973 classic in this new facsimile edition!

ON SALE 10.02.19

$3.99 US | 32 PAGES

This is, to my way of thinking, the greatest single Batman issue ever. As in, ever.

And I’m not alone either: Our blue-ribbon panel — featuring historians and big-time pros like Adams, Paul Levitz and many others — voted the story #5 overall in our 80th Anniversary TOP 13 BATMAN COUNTDOWN earlier this year. But the only stories that got more votes had multiple parts. (Click here for much more on this.)

Anyway, I’ve written quite a bit about Batman #251 over the years and if you want to know what Adams and O’Neil have to say about it, click here.

From an original copy.

But back to the Facsimile Edition. Naturally, this is one of the most-reprinted Batman stories. But the cost of an original will have you reaching deep into your wallet, so this is an exceptionally inexpensive way to experience the book the way it came out in 1973.

It also diverges from the rest of the DC Facsimile Editions in a fairly significant way: It doesn’t spotlight a famous first appearance — though the issue is considered the Joker’s first modern appearance. (He had been on the shelf for several years and this was a return to the Clown Prince of Crime’s maniacal, homicidal roots.)

Either way, it’s clear why DC picked Oct. 2 for this particular piece of magnificence. Check out what else is coming out that week:

And there you have it.


— The TOP 13 BATMAN Countdown — #5: BATMAN #251. Click here.

— O’NEIL and ADAMS on Bringing Back the JOKER. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Yep, the Joker’s first Bronze Age appearance and quite different from the Silver Age. I remember getting this issue when I was 15 and loving every panel (being a huge Neal Adams fan since his run on Brave and the Bold which started when I was 10).

    I still have it in probably VF condition bagged in mylar. Might pick up the facsimile though…

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  2. This issue is (& has been for over 40 years) #1 on my wish list. Wonder what the cover’s going to look like.

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  3. Are there any Facsimile editions solicited between Batman #181 in September and this one?

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