The Joker: A new era

July 24, 2012 | 12:55 p.m.

A defining moment in the character's evolution arrived in 1973's "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge," which abandoned the gangland version of the villain and returned him to his "roots" as a diabolical killer. Writer Denny O'Neil and artist Neal Adams also created the template for the Joker as voice of existential nihilism and Dada cruelty. (DC Comics)

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