(“Pick a Card” by Ed Benes, from Upper Deck’s Vs. System)
1. Nina and I have been cooking up a short story/novel/screenplay for months, with the myth of The Joker as its focal point.
2. Yesterday Heath Ledger died tragically, and was quoted in multiple interviews saying his portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight took him to such frightening places that he had trouble sleeping.
3. The myth has been around for 68 years, first appearing in DC Comics’ Batman #1 in 1940.
4. Two years ago, The Joker was chosen as The Greatest Villain of All Time by Wizard magazine.
5. The Joker was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane.
6. He has been previously portrayed by Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill’s voice.
7. Yes, Luke Skywalker and The Joker shared a career.
8. An actor named Conrad Veidt painted his face in a silent film called The Man Who Laughs in 1928. He was the model for the myth.
9. Batman once said that The Joker’s motives and actions “make sense to him alone”.
10. Heath Ledger’s biorhythms were really messed up that day.
11. The Joker once tricked Mr. Mxyzptlk into giving him total control of reality.
12. When The Dark Knight comes out this summer, it will be a filmgoing experience unlike any other.
13. Rest in Peace, Heath Ledger. Our prayers go out to your family and friends.