ASK…THE QUESTION: How Many Names Has the Joker Had?

Hello once more. I’m Alex Jaffe, your host of this month-to-month column and our weekly Trivia Tuesdays over in the DC Community, the place I’m going by HubCityQuestion. In this function, I take all the urgent questions that you simply submit about the huge scope of the DC Universe and all its inhabitants and historical past, and I do my degree greatest to ship the solutions you crave. This week is a very wild one, so let’s get to it.
 

For Queen and Kentry

Reaganfan78 asks:

I used to be watching season six of Smallville the different day, and was questioning: when did Superman and Green Arrow staff up for the first time and the way usually have been they seen collectively?

Superman and Green Arrow usually shared problems with anthology comics like World’s Finest, More Fun Comics and Adventure Comics in the Forties and ’50s, although by no means in the similar story. That modified in 1959, with Adventure Comics #258. And, appropriately sufficient to your query, the assembly occurred to happen in Smallville.

In a lead story titled “Superboy Meets the Young Green Arrow!,” Superboy’s time monitor reveals to him that his new classmate, Oliver Queen, will sooner or later turn out to be the hero referred to as Green Arrow. Unfortunately, regardless of his greatest efforts, younger Oliver is a horrible marksman. The process falls to Superboy to present younger Ollie the confidence he must sooner or later turn out to be a superhero.

By 1961, Green Arrow can be inducted as the first new member of the Justice League of America after the staff’s founding in Justice League of America #4. Superman and Green Arrow have counted one another as colleagues ever since. Especially inside their capability as co-members of the Justice League, team-ups between the heroes are too quite a few to say in entirety. But right here’s a personally curated studying listing in case you’d prefer to see a few of their one-on-one time in the comics:

Unsolved Mystery in Space

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Normally, I solely settle for questions submitted to me via the DC group. But after this panel from 1990’s Animal Man #23 turned the topic of an internet-wide search this month, I felt it was my responsibility to the public to unravel this thriller. It appeared to all available proof that this helmet-wearing, whip-wielding, two pistol-carrying adventurer driving bareback on a tyrannosaurus rex, who seems solely on this subject as a ghostly picture was a one-off background character. But a number of elements right here led many to imagine that this may occasionally not have been her first look. Most importantly, the context of the subject is that Psycho-Pirate, the super-villain pushed mad by his distinctive reminiscence of the Pre-Crisis universe, is unintentionally conjuring the ghosts of characters who now not exist in Post-Crisis continuity. The presence on this panel of Kole of the Teen Titans (backside left) and Beppo the Super-Monkey (hopefully apparent) appears to point that the putting girl who dominates the background will need to have some forgotten comedian e book origin as effectively. But the place?

Like everybody else who encountered this panel, I needed to admit I wasn’t instantly accustomed to her. My first skeptical thought was preliminary impressions have been right—she was from nowhere in any respect. Our thriller girl was merely a visible avatar for the mixing of retrofuturism and primal fantasy, which dominated Silver Age comics.

But that wasn’t ok for me. After all, it was solely a concept. To do proper by all of you, I needed to get looking.

The first clue for me was the design of this character’s uniform, which appears to not less than superficially resemble Adam Strange. A Rannian warrior, maybe? I went via lots of of Silver Age points between Strange Adventures and Mystery in Space to seek out our woman—who, at this level, I had taken to calling “Rextina.” I found that there have been many dinosaurs in the Silver Age area of Earth-One, however no dinosaur riders.

My subsequent thought was that it appeared prefer it is perhaps the type of idea that William Moulton Marston or Robert Kanigher would conjure—a robust girl astride a prehistoric beast. Sensation Comics and Wonder Woman alike supplied no solutions.

My fellow columnist Josh Lapine-Bertone prompt attempting another locations in the Pre-Crisis world the place dinosaurs is perhaps discovered, like “The Island That Time Forgot” in Star Spangled War Stories, and the underground realm of Skartaris in Mike Grell’s Warlord. No space-age warriors might be discovered there both. (He did counsel an alternate identify for her: “Dinah Ryder.” Maybe that’s her civilian identify.)

At this level, having trawled via what felt like half the sequential artwork of the ’50s and ’60s for a personality that no encyclopedia, no comedian e book archive, and no on-line useful resource had ever listed earlier than, I threw up my palms. The solely means I used to be going to get solutions about this character who apparently seems solely as soon as in the background of 1 panel in a thirty-year-old comedian was to go to the creators themselves.

Animal Man author Grant Morrison, I discovered, was unavailable for remark. They’re in all probability off on some treacherous imaginative and prescient quest about the nature of the infinite that mere mortals like myself can scarcely comprehend. But via the proper social media channels, I used to be capable of get in contact with the story’s artist: the penciler for all however a pair problems with Morrison’s legendary Animal Man run, Chaz Truog.

I didn’t have a lot in the means of expectations after I reached out to him. After all, this was a comic book he’d drawn earlier than Bill Clinton was president. To my delight, nevertheless, I lastly caught a break. Chaz (whose first identify was spelled with an S in the precise subject) was very happy to speak to me about Animal Man and this subject specifically. I instructed him my story and my theories. And Chaz gave me his reply:

“Some of those characters I made up to fill in the space. Dinosaur Girl is one of them, unless I’m mistaken. Just an excuse to draw a dinosaur!”

At this level, I don’t assume he’s mistaken in any respect. So right here we’re eventually. Dinosaur Girl is an unique character created by Chaz Truog. I stay up for the upcoming twelve-issue Black Label sequence exploring her wealthy historical past and traumatic previous by Tom King and Mitch Gerads.
 

Stage Names

a2.ton.51072 asks:

In the newest subject of Flashpoint Beyond, DC could or could not have made the Joker’s “real name” canon. That began me questioning, what number of totally different names has the Joker had in DC comics?

Spoiler alert for anybody who’s behind, however in Flashpoint Beyond #5, Martha Wayne—the Joker of Flashpoint’s altered timeline—tells Thomas Wayne, Flashpoint’s Batman, a few man named Jack Oswald White—a failed comic employed at Wayne Casino. It’s closely implied that had the timeline turned out otherwise, Jack White would have turn out to be the Joker we all know immediately in the important timeline. But there’s sufficient believable deniability with variations between timelines to dismiss this as a attainable origin, and never a particular one, if you’re so inclined.

As far as different names go, what we principally have are apparent aliases or outright impostors. The first alias the Joker ever assumed was “A. Rekoj,” posing as the proprietor of a music retailer in 1940’s Detective Comics #45. In 1948’s Detective Comics #148, Joker adopts the moniker of “J.O. Kerr” for the first time, which he would use variations of for the remainder of his villainous profession.

1969’s Justice League of America #77 introduces us to John Dough, aka Mr. Normal—“the most normal man in America.” Dough convinces Justice League mascot Snapper Carr to grant him entry to Justice League headquarters. This, too, proves to be the Joker. In 1982’s Batman #353, Joker makes use of the alias “Harlan Quinn”—a full decade earlier than the introduction of Harley. In 1975’s The Joker #4, Joker adopts the id of bus driver Harry Hack as a part of an elaborate scheme to marry Black Canary. That actually occurred, I promise. I can let you know don’t imagine me. Read it, it’s on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE, I’ll wait.

See? I instructed you. Moving on, Grant Morrison’s Batman run has Joker undertake the id of British detective Oberon Sexton, one other alias. In 2012’s Red Hood and the Outlaws #14, Joker adopts the alias of “Jack Napier,” an allusion to his true id in the 1989 Batman movie. Scott Snyder’s Batman comics additionally see Joker tackle the alias of Eric Border, an orderly at Arkham Asylum, whereas he lays low between the occasions of “Death of the Family” and “Batman: Endgame.” Which is all to say that no canonical identify has ever been offered in important continuity earlier than.

Other comics exterior of the important canon, comparable to could probably be the case with Jack O. White, are a unique story. Discounting worlds comparable to Flashpoint the place an present character takes on the Joker’s id, or these which assign an id to a successor to the unique Joker, listed below are the names we all know:

  • Jack Schadenfreude, in 1993’s Batman/Houdini: The Devil’s Workshop
  • “Jack,” in 2000’s Batman Chronicles #21 story “Citizen Wayne”
  • Joey Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s misplaced twin brother, in 2000’s Batman/Lobo
  • Jack Napier, Joker’s 1989 movie alias, in 2001’s Batman: Gotham Noir
  • Gamblin’ Jack “The Joker” Dent, in 2013’s Ame-Comi Girls shoujo statue line tie-in comics
  • “Lloyd,” in the 2016 Gotham City Garage greaser pinup mannequin statue line tie-in comics
  • Jack Napier as soon as extra, in Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight comics universe
  • John Kane, in the 2019 graphic novel Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
  • John Kelly, in the 2019 Black Label sequence Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity
  • John Napier, in the 2020 younger grownup graphic novel Gotham High

As you may see, “J” names are highly regarded for the Joker throughout the Multiverse, be it Jack, John or Joe. Maybe Harley’s been attempting to present us a touch with that “Mr. J” nickname this complete time.
 

House of Nursery

The Elizableez asks:

Did Zatanna and John Constantine have any children? I do know in Constantine: The House of Mystery they’ve children, however do they in comics?

This yr’s Constantine: The House of Mystery quick movie is certainly the first time that we’ve seen John and Zee have children collectively in any model of continuity. “Jack” and “Della” seem right here for the first time and it stays to be seen whether or not we’ll ever see them once more.

Considering John’s observe report, although, Zatanna might need the proper concept not beginning a household with him. In The Hellblazer #200, John had triplets with the demon Roscarnis—Adam, Maria and Saul. All three of them have been killed by the First of the Fallen, twelve points later.

But Constantine does have one surviving little one: Tefé Holland. John conceived Tefé with Abby Holland, Swamp Thing’s spouse—although it ought to be famous that Swamp Thing was possessing John’s physique at the time. Tefé went on to be the protagonist of the 2000 Swamp Thing sequence and she or he just lately performed a job in the just lately concluded The Swamp Thing as an ally to new Avatar of the Green, Levi Kamei.

In the Injustice comics, set in a separate continuity, we uncover that John has a daughter named Rose. John joins up with the resistance towards Superman’s tyrant regime so as to defend her in “Injustice: Year Three.” Rose’s mom is unknown, however as a younger girl of colour, it nearly actually isn’t Zatanna.

But regardless of by no means having youngsters of their very own collectively, you’re in luck if you wish to learn a comic book the place John and Zatanna co-parent. In DC Comics Bombshells, the pair of them absorb an orphaned Raven as their very own foster daughter.
 

Well, take a look at the phrase depend! That’s all the time and area we’ve for this column. But till my subsequent piece, I’ll proceed to stay at your inquisitive disposal on-line day-after-day in the DC Community. I’ll go to any size essential to slake your curiosity. All it is advisable to do is ASK… THE QUESTION.

Alex Jaffe is the writer of our month-to-month “Ask the Question” column and writes about TV, films, comics and superhero historical past for DCComics.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexJaffe and discover him in the DC Community as HubCityQuestion.

NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this column are solely these of Alex Jaffe and don’t essentially replicate these of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.

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