The Joker: A tamer evil

July 24, 2012 | 6:29 p.m.

In the 1950s and for much of the 1960s, Batman comics were quite different than the ominous early tales (or the modern films). The tone was lighter, the art brighter and the villains tamer. The Joker became more of an eccentric gangster, not unlike the rogues in "Dick Tracy." (DC Comics)

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