The Joker: Stacked deck?

July 24, 2012 | 11:55 a.m.

The Joker's creation is a contentious topic. Bob Kane was the publicly credited Batman creator, but historians agree that writer Bill Finger and artist Jerry Robinson played key roles. Robinson in 2009: “It was based on a playing card [I drew] and the character had a lot of mystery to him early on." (Robinson and his playing card from 1940. Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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