The Joker 80th Anniversary Variant Covers Revealed

Article by Chris Foti 

DC Comics is celebrating the Joker’s 80th anniversary in 2020. First appearing in Batman #1 on April 25, 1940, the Clown Prince of Crime has been spreading laughs and terror ever since.

To celebrate 8 decades of the Agent of Chaos, DC Comics announced a special Joker issue coming in April 2020, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Each decade of the Joker’s reign will feature a variant cover by an acclaimed DC artist.

We have a preview of 6 of the 8 variant covers, with the Arthur Adams 1940’s variant and Jim Lee and Scott Williams’ 1970’s variant coming soon. Check out the official press release, along with a preview of the decade variants!

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Celebrates Eight Decades of Chaos, Mischief, and Mayhem with Sinister Decade Variant Covers!

On April 29, DC will celebrate The Joker’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Since his first appearance in April 1940, The Joker has become one of the most iconic and compelling characters in comic books and all of popular culture. Time and time again, his drive to sow discord and chaos has made him more than a match for Batman and his mission to protect the citizens of Gotham City.

As The Joker marks eight decades of criminal madness, fans can celebrate with a one-of-a-kind collectible tribute comic book with stories by Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, Jock, José Luis García-López, Mikel Janín, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, and more. The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, with a chilling main cover by Greg Capullo, will feature decade variants by:

  • 1940s variant cover by Arthur Adams
  • 1950s variant cover by David Finch and Steve Firchow
  • 1960s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 1970s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 1980s variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 2000s variant cover by Lee Bermejo
  • 2010s variant cover by Jock

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a 100-page, Prestige format one-shot comic book available at comic book retailers and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 for $9.99. Please consult your local comic book store for more information regarding the decade variant covers.

Do you plan on picking up The Joker 80th Anniversary special issue? Which variant is your favorite? Let us know! Here’s to 80 more years of the Joker!


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Chris Foti

Lifelong fan of Batman and Boston Sports