The Redemption of Batgirl: When “The Killing Joke” Stopped Being Funny

John Marcotte

John Marcotte

Secret identity of a father raising two super-heroic young girls

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  1. All this was was an attack on artistic expression . FYI he didn’t rape her.

  2. The timeline of events and Albuquerque’s own comments confirm that DC Comics had nothing to do with censoring this cover. If anything they were promoting over the objections of Albuquerque and the current Batgirl creative team.

    Re: the question of whether or not Barbara was raped in The Killing Joke. This is left unclarified by the text by design. I don’t believe Alan Moore has clarified the point one way or the other, at least not in any interview I’ve read or been able to find. The implication, of course, is that The Joker did so and that he was using the pictures to torment Jim Gordon.

    Of course, The Joker being The Joker, it’s just as likely he took the pictures to make Jim Gordon think his daughter had been raped when The Joker didn’t touch her apart from stripping her… because that’s such a funny joke! Making you think she was raped when she wasn’t! BWAHAHA!