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Some time later, the Joker approaches Gaggy. Gaggy is so annoyed by doing his act he's happy to either team up with the Joker or get killed by him.

6 pages from GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #6.

Silver Age tomfoolery. Gaggy first appeared in BATMAN #186 in 1966.
Some info can be found here:

I know art of the reason was that around this time, none of the villains were very violent. Sure they wanted to kill Batman, but innocent bystanders were a different story. Also, the Joker killing people left and right would make Batman look inefficient. At least back then it did.

These days it makes Batman look like a moron for not killing the Joker. Like he's willing to let the Joker kill hundreds of people so he (Batman) won't feel like a hypocrite. But that's another topic.

There's a Dave McKean vibe to the artwork on this page.
Gaggy serves the rest of his term, then decides to wait at the HQ he shared with the Joker.
It's quiet, but one night...

Gaggy has not shown up again. I wonder what he'd think of Mr. J's "Oberon Sexton" deal. Like me and others, he'd think it's a little "too Riddler."

Date: 2010-07-20 05:39 am (UTC)
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That is terrible reasoning. "If I kill a mass murderer, then I have to start killing small-time offenders!" There is such a huge disconnect. Not all crimes are equal. They don't all deserve the same punishment.

The Joker stays alive through poor reasoning and good marketability.

Date: 2010-07-20 06:25 pm (UTC)
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That would be bad reasoning. Howevever, " If I kill the Joker, then I might find it easier to rationalize killing lesser criminals and I don't know where I'd stop" is a more plausible fear.

Date: 2011-01-22 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Especially for Batman, whose entire life (in some incarnations) is constructed around an obsessive compulsion. He does not work on a case-by-case basis. He lays out rules and follows them. If he killed one criminal he apprehended, he would be unable to justify to himself not killing the others. He either follows the rules or changes them, but he can't break them.


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