A look inside June’s salute to the Clown Prince of Crime — including the origin of the sensational character find of 2020: Punchline…

DC on Friday released an unlettered SNEAK PEEK at three stories from the upcoming The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.

Check these out, along with brief descriptions provided by the publisher:

Main cover by Greg Capullo and FCO

WHAT COMES AT THE END OF A JOKE? Spinning out of the pages of his best-selling run on Batman, series writer James Tynion IV tells the origin story of the sensational new character Punchline! With stellar art from the acclaimed art team of Mikel Janín and Jordie Bellaire.



BIRTHDAY BUGS. The Joker turns birthday clown in this tale by Tom Taylor and Eduardo Risso. When The Joker goes to the home of an accomplice that did him wrong, he finds the man’s young son sitting alone picking apart bugs on his stoop. The boy assumes that the Joker is the clown for his birthday party and tells him that no one is coming. The Joker finds this unacceptable and goes around the neighborhood, “convincing” families to attend the birthday party and make it the best day he’s ever had. As for the boy’s father, he’s in for the worst moment of his life!

KILL THE BATMAN. In a story set in a not-so-distant future the Joker has finally made his dream come true of killing the Batman and we see the all the DC universe in mourning. But this act doesn’t provide the catharsis the Joker thought it would…he needs an encore…something at Batman’s public memorial perhaps? Written by acclaimed screenwriter Gary Whitta, popular writer/podcaster Greg Miller and rising star comic artist Dan Mora.

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 will first hit stores that are open June 9. It was delayed from April 29.


— Dig the Final Versions of the CATWOMAN 80th ANNIVERSARY Variants. Click here.

— Dig the Final Versions of the JOKER 80th ANNIVERSARY Variants. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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