Whether Batman likes it or not, he and the Joker are inseparable, as he will probably go down as the greatest villain of the Dark Knight. He is dangerous, unpredictable, charming and at the same time terrifying, and he's been a part of some incredible comic book stories over the years.
In animation and live action, the character of the Joker has been a legendary career point for Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill. No matter the medium, one thing is clear: Joker is the stuff of nightmares.
It's no easy task to filter out the very best of the Joker stories, because there are so many, but we think we've assembled a mighty fine list of stand-alone stories, single issues, and story arcs that should stand the test of time.
Check out our list of 7 Essential Joker stories and see if you agree with the list. If not, share your favorites in the comments section below.