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One of the most recognizable comic book characters is the Joker, the archenemy of the Batman.  The Joker has gone through several evolutions since he first appeared in 1940 (Batman vs The Joker, 11).  Senior Editor for DC comics, Mike Gold, believes that the Joker’s criminal career into three stages: the early days, in which the Joker was a confirmed killer; the middle days, where the Joker rarely killed anyone and pulled elaborate comical robberies; and the contemporary days, in which the Joker returned to his murderous origins (The Joker’s Dozen, 9).  I believe this theory applies to the Joker’s evolution in the comic book realm, but it does not fit with his metamorphosis in the television world.  In TV, the Joker began as a thief with an obsession to preform robberies with comedic themes.  In the 1980’s, the Joker became a murderous villain, but still maintained his humorous personality.  In 2008, the Joker became a cold killer, loosing any resemblance to his earlier incarnations.

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