Robin, the Boy cast asunder. (DC Comics)
As we eagerly await "The Dark Knight's" debut tonight at midnight, we're counting down the Top Five Moments in Joker history. Here's Joker Moment No. 2...
The moment: In one of the darkest plot twists in Batman's history, the Joker has the blood of a Boy Wonder on his hands.
The full story: In the "A Death in The Family" comic-book storyline from 1988-89, the second Robin, Jason Todd, is seemingly served up to the Joker on a platter. The Joker's weapon of choice against Batman's teen sidekick? Laughing gas? Knife? No, try a crowbar, which the Joker uses to render Robin an unconscious, bloody mess. The Joker leaves Robin to die in a warehouse with a bomb set to detonate just in case the crowbar didn't do the job. Robin somehow awakens, but it's too late. The bomb goes off. Batman arrives at the scene seconds too late and suffers his greatest loss.
We'll reveal our No. 1 Joker moment in this space tomorrow. In the meantime, tell us your favorite moments in Joker's long and colorful history.
-- David Betancourt