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Book Title: The Joker: Devil's Advocate|
The author of the book: Chuck Dixon
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: January 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9781563892400
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The Joker : Devil's Advocate is a one-shot superhero comic book written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Graham Nolan, published by DC Comics in 1996.
Several recurring characters of the Batman family appear in the story such as : Robin, James Gordon, Barbara Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth.
Plot Summary :
The United States post office issues a commemorative series of stamps featuring some of the great comedians in American History. The Joker, greatly disgruntled by the fact that no stamp was printed in his name, vandalises the post office. Subsequently, a succession of death occurs in Gotham City as a result of licking the back of the stamps, and The Joker's gruesome grin is drawn on the victims faces. The Joker is caught by Batman and Robin while attempting to rob the post office's vault. The District Attorney seeks to hold The Joker responsible of all the crimes, and succeeds to do so in court, as The Clown Prince of Crime is sentenced to death for the first time, after many inane attempts to get away with an insanity plea.
The Joker is offended of being accused of such ludicrous crime, considering that a mastermind like him, will operate on a much smarter level, and therefore considers himself innocent. However, Batman is convinced as well that he is guiltless, and aims to prove it. A scrap of paper is found, with a partial address on it. After finding out that it's a storage container, the police break in and finds a hoard of Joker venom. Further investigation leads to the discovery of a man linked to the storage company, which happened to be the husband of a former victim. As he is questioned by the police, he confesses everything holding himself responsible for the crime, and The Joker receives a pardon from the governor seconds before being electrocuted.
As the story ends, The Joker is seen in Arkham Asylum expressing his joy at being alive, only to be shattered when Batman informs him that it's due to his investigation. The issue ends with a series of stamps, with The Joker's face on one of them.
The plot revolves around Batman's devotion to justice, as he helps The Joker out, despite his numerous murders in the past.
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Read information about the authorCharles "Chuck" Dixon is an American comic book writer, perhaps best-known for long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s.
His earliest comics work was writing Evangeline first for Comico Comics in 1984 (then later for First Comics, who published the on-going series), on which he worked with his then-wife, the artist Judith Hunt. His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to write back-up stories for Marvel Comics' The Savage Sword of Conan.
In 1986, he began working for Eclipse Comics, writing Airboy with artist Tim Truman. Continuing to write for both Marvel and (mainly) Eclipse on these titles, as well as launching Strike! with artist Tom Lyle in August 1987 and Valkyrie with artist Paul Gulacy in October 1987, he began work on Carl Potts' Alien Legion series for Marvel's Epic Comics imprint, under editor Archie Goodwin. He also produced a three-issue adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit for Eclipse with artist David Wenzel between 1989 and 1990, and began writing Marc Spector: Moon Knight in June 1989.
His Punisher OGN Kingdom Gone (August, 1990) led to him working on the monthly The Punisher War Journal (and later, more monthly and occasional Punisher titles), and also brought him to the attention of DC Comics editor Denny O'Neil, who asked him to produce a Robin mini-series. The mini proved popular enough to spawn two sequels - The Joker's Wild (1991) and Cry of the Huntress (1992) - which led to both an ongoing monthly series (which Dixon wrote for 100 issues before leaving to work with CrossGen Comics), and to Dixon working on Detective Comics from #644-738 through the major Batman stories KnightFall & KnightsEnd (for which he helped create the key character of Bane), DC One Million , Contagion , Legacy , Cataclysm and No Man's Land . Much of his run was illustrated by Graham Nolan.
He was DC's most prolific Batman-writer in the mid-1990s (rivalled perhaps in history by Bill Finger and Dennis O'Neil) - in addition to writing Detective Comics he pioneered the individual series for Robin , Nightwing (which he wrote for 70 issues, and returned to briefly with 2005's #101) and Batgirl , as well as creating the team and book Birds of Prey .
While writing multiple Punisher and Batman comics (and October 1994's Punisher/Batman crossover), he also found time to launch Team 7 for Jim Lee's WildStorm/Image and Prophet for Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios. He also wrote many issues of Catwoman and Green Arrow , regularly having about seven titles out each and every month between the years 1993 and 1998.
In March, 2002, Dixon turned his attention to CrossGen's output, salthough he co-wrote with Scott Beatty the origin of Barbara Gordon's Batgirl in 2003's Batgirl: Year One. For CrossGen he took over some of the comics of the out-going Mark Waid, taking over Sigil from #21, and Crux with #13. He launched Way of the Rat in June 2002, Brath (March '03), The Silken Ghost (June '03) and the pirate comic El Cazador (Oct '03), as well as editing Robert Rodi's non-Sigilverse The Crossovers. He also wrote the Ruse spin-off Archard's Agents one-shots in January and November '03 and April '04, the last released shortly before CrossGen's complete collapse forced the cancellation of all of its comics, before which Dixon wrote a single issue of Sojourn (May '04). Dixon's Way of the Rat #24, Brath #14 and El Cazador #6 were among the last comics released from the then-bankrupt publisher.
On June 10, 2008, Dixon announced on his forum that he was no longer "employed by DC Comics in any capacity."
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