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"Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...!"
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Series: Batman
Issue Number: 321
First Published: March 1980
Previous Issue: Batman #320
Next Issue: Batman #322


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"Dreadful Birthday, Dear Joker...!"Edit

To celebrate his birthday, the Joker begins rounding up his enemies from all around town and strapping them to his special "Victim-Go-Round" in preparation for his party. He kidnaps Robin (Dick Grayson), James Gordon, Selina Kyle and Alfred Pennyworth. The Gotham populace are all enticed to the newly built Gotham Colliseum by the promise of free samples from the "Harlequin Baking Company." The Joker immobilizes his audience, and then takes center stage with his goons. Onstage is a gigantic Cake, with the Joker's victims tied to giant explosive candles on top. Batman arrives, and is forced by the Joker to be tied to the biggest candle in exchange for the lives of his friends. Although The Joker plans on killing them all anyway, Batman reveals he had earlier through a simple operation converted the biggest explosive candle into a makeshift rocket He shoots into the air instead of blowing up, unties himself, and cuts both the fuses and Robin's bonds with batarangs. While Robin fights the goons, Batman chases the Joker onto the docks. The Joker nearly escapes via motorboat, but Batman grabs a loose rope and waterskis behind him until he can climb onto the boat. They battle, and the Joker manages to push Batman out, but the boat explodes shortly afterwards while he's escaping. On shore, Batman and Jim Gordon wonder if the Joker could've survived, both knowing that as always, he has.

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