Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Joker and Jack of Hearts



I remember picking up the Jack of Hearts 4-issue mini-series back in 1983 on a whim because I liked the George Freeman art, and I have been a fan of the character ever since.  It's too bad he hasn't been used very much over the years.  I have read that some artists do not like having to illustrate his complicated costume over and over - I hope that's not a reason for holding him back!

25 comments:

AirDave said...

Is that really what it comes down to sometimes?
"I don't like that character."
"Why?"
"I hate his costume! What's up with that fashion sense?"

Anonymous said...

...and another character is added to my list of those that I can cosplay with a blinded left eye...

Even with that aside, Ross, this is a clever cover with an interesting story implied. I'd certainly like to read it!

Simreeve said...

Delightful! I'd probably never have thought of that combination, but now it seems so obvious...

Worldmusic said...

Ross, our childhoods mirror each other like parallel worlds!!! I remember looking at the same covers to the Jack of Hearts mini-series on the newstands, but not giving it a chance since I saved most of my (4th grade) allowance for DC comics (with an exception for the occasional Defenders issue). I have many regrets for those decisions, but I guess thats what comic shop back issue sections are for!!!

Sonofjack Well said...

This reminds me... I seem to recall a one panel shot in the epic JLA/Avengers team-up of Jack of Hearts versus Jack from the Royal Flush Gang. Great stuff!

How 'bout the Joker teaming up with that old Daredevil villain the Jester?

Wolfhammer said...

That JACK OF HEARTS mini-series is one of my all time favorites. Such an underrated character. The George Freeman art is great. I was already familiar with his work on CAPTAIN CANUCK....Hmm.. JACK OF HEARTS and CAPTAIN CANUCK. That would be an interesting team-up.

Giulio said...

I know it's very recent material, but what about a Battle of the Bands featuring the Mary Janes (from the Spider-Gwen series) and the Black Canary & her band ? Maybe throwing a Dazzler in the middle...

Bob Greenwade said...

I don't know why my comment from yesterday listed as Anonymous. Things have been kind of glitchy lately, but still....

Bob Greenwade said...

Urf... Now it's my brain that's glitching. That wasn't yesterday; it was earlier this morning. :/

funny ideas man said...

Amusing idea, Sonofjack. Can I suggest adding to the mixture that magical mischief maker and practical joker, Mr. Mxyzptlk. Who would save the day? Siegel and Shuster's post-Superman creation, Funnyman, of course.

Bob Greenwade said...

Never heard of Funnyman. How about the Astro City hero Jack-in-the-Box? Or maybe, Ross, you could team up both of them with the Tangent Universe version of the Joker, and maybe one or two other heroic clowns (if you can find them).

Anonymous said...

Robin's friend, Waldo.

Bob Buethe said...

Never heard of Funnyman?

Anonymous said...

Funnyman was a very short-lived comic. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funnyman_(comics)

Anonymous said...

Further to Bob's comment on glitches, is anyone else having the problem where the cover image is a link to the previous day's post, so it is really hard to resize the image on a mobile device?

Sonofjack Well said...

What about Batman's old friend...the clown known as Fatman? (I'm not making this up!)

Anonymous said...

Do you have a link?

Simreeve said...

Giulio said...
"I know it's very recent material, but what about a Battle of the Bands featuring the Mary Janes (from the Spider-Gwen series) and the Black Canary & her band ? Maybe throwing a Dazzler in the middle..."
What about adding the Josie & the Pussycats, and maybe the Archies too, to that mix?

^_^

Bob K said...

Anonymous - I think Fatman only appeared in one story, which I first saw as a kid in "Batman from the 30's to the 70's" which we had at our local library. The story is also reprinted in Batman Family #4 from 1979: http://www.comics.org/issue/29607/

Anonymous said...

Something tells me you hope in vain, Ross. That being said, I think this is your zaniest inspiration, yet. Bravo! :-D

Bob Buethe said...

@Bob K: I read the Fatman story in that issue of Batman Family, but it's not in my copy of Batman From the Thirties to the Seventies. It must have been added in a later printing.

Bob K said...
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Bob K said...

Strange. Just checked my 1971 version and it's not in there either. Maybe I actually saw it first in Batman Family 4 and mis-remembered, when I was thinking that I first read it in black-and-white.

Bob Buethe said...

Yes! I thought it was just my clumsy fingers.

Bob Buethe said...

There was a similar story in which Green Arrow and Speedy met a circus clown called "The Green Error." Hijinx ensued when GA and GE accidentally switched quivers. Fatman and Green Error would make a great team.

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