"The Last Ha Ha": The Joker steals a valuable clown mask from a museum and the curator of the museum wrongly identifies the thief as The Creeper. When Jack Ryder learns of this false accusation, he transforms into the Creeper and goes looking for
Appearing in "The Last Ha Ha"
- Sandy Saturn (Single appearance)
- Benny Khiss
- Marvin Fargo
- William Batson (Cameo) (See Notes)
- Joe (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Last Ha Ha"
The Joker steals a valuable clown mask from a museum and the curator of the museum wrongly identifies the thief as The Creeper. When Jack Ryder learns of this false accusation, he transforms into the Creeper and goes looking for the Joker.
The Creeper locates the Joker during the robbery of another valuable item and he confronts the Clown Prince of Crime. Unfortunately, the Creeper gets amnesia after the battle with the Joker. Taking advantage of the situation, the Joker convinces the Creeper that they are allies and together, they capture the notorious cartoonist Sandy Saturn. The Joker tells the Creeper that Saturn is responsible for framing him and in order to clear his name, he will have to deliver enough evidence to the police. The Joker gives the Creeper a bag with "evidence", and tells the Creeper to go to the nearest police precinct. Inside the evidence bag however, the Joker had placed a bomb, but the Creeper transforms into Jack Ryder in time to prevent the bomb from exploding inside the police building.
Afterwards, Ryder confronts the Joker as Creeper at the criminal's Ha-Hacienda and he gets the upper hand in the fight, defeating the Joker and taking him to the authorities.
- This issue is reprinted in The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told. It was also reprinted along with all nine other issues of Joker in The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime.
- The character William Batson featured in this issue was probably included as a nod to the character Captain Marvel, but it should not be considered as such, since this appearance is not aligned with any version of the character in his respective continuities.
- The cartoonist Sandy Saturn is a parody of Charles Schulz and his comic strip "Cashews" is of a parody of "Peanuts" with the Charlie Brown expy named Charlie Cashew.
- Joker Recommended Reading
- Joker (Volume 1)
- Batman: The Killing Joke
- Batman: The Man Who Laughs
- "Batman: Lovers and Madmen"
- "Batman: A Death in the Family"
- Joker: Devil's Advocate
- Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
- "The Joker's Last Laugh"
- "Superman: Emperor Joker"
- "Superman/Batman: With a Vengeance!"
- The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told
- Joker (graphic novel)
- The Creeper Recommended Reading