Comic book odd: Batman tickles Joker

tickle joker

This one doesn’t require much explanation.

Or maybe it does.

This installment of our occasional series of odd and inappropriate comic book panels comes from Batman Volume 1 Number 49, released by DC in October 1948.

The story is “Batman’s Arabian Nights,” and the action finds the Caped Crusaders up against the Joker. Kinda.

Bruce and Dick find a 1,000-year-old rug with the Joker’s face on it. To investigate, they go back in time (!) through hypnotism to ancient Baghdad and find a duplicate for the Joker …  only this one sobs all the time.

Before long, Batman tickles him to make him laugh and … I kind of lost the thread of the story there.

But it’s a good panel.

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