Would Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth work on the Joker?
Today we take a look at if Wonder Woman’s famous Lasso of Truth would have any effect on the Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker!
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Reader Joe B. wrote to ask if Joker’s madness was so strong that it would dominate Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth. We’ll take a look!
First of all, revisiting a topic I touched on a few years ago, Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth hasn’t always been a Lasso of Truth. In fact, when Wonder Woman debuted, she didn’t have a lasso at all! When she made her first bow in 1941 All-Star Comics # 8 (in a short story by William Marston and HG Peter to preview his upcoming lead role in a new superhero anthology series, Sensational comics), her bulletproof bracelets were the only weapons she had with her when she first donned her costume (she had her plane invisible in the first issue of the above Sensational comics).
LASSO ENTERS THE PICTURE, BUT IT WASN’T A LASSO OF TRUTH
It was not until the sixth issue of Sensational comics that Wonder Woman finally received her lasso, but the introduction of the lasso was far different from what one would expect. Queen Hippolyta asked her craftswomen to take her magic belt and remove some of the links of the chain it contained to transform them into a powerful and unbreakable lasso. After giving it to her daughter, Wonder Woman then prayed to Aphrodite and Athena and they then visited her and revealed to her that they had given her the lasso a special property – anyone bound by it must obey Wonder Woman!
Of course, this was almost certainly linked to a number of William Marston’s personal beliefs. First of all, he believed in the ultimate superiority of women and he believed that the world would be a better place if women were in charge, therefore as a result, men were strength to obey women, things could get better. Second, however, Marston had clearly entered the period of bondage. It’s no coincidence that Wonder Woman’s biggest weakness at the time was that if you tied her wrist, she would lose her powers. It made it clear that Wonder Woman was going have being bound all the time, for the same reason that Thor’s hammer was constantly out of its grip for over 60 seconds or why Superman always runs into criminals who have chunks of kryptonite. Wonder Woman found herself in shackles so often during the show’s early years that National Comics literally had to tell Marston to stop chaining her so often (funny enough, they weren’t against her being tied up as much as the redundancy of it using chains all the time).
Shortly after the introduction of the lasso, Wonder Woman had her own series of feature films (while starring in Sensational comics, also. She was very popular at the time), and Marston and Peter reiterated the origin of Wonder Woman in Wonder woman # 1, but they made some slight changes, and that included working the magic lasso in the origin. Now the lasso WAS used to make people tell Wonder Woman the truth, of course, but only by making them obey her and so if she told them to tell her the truth, that is exactly what they would do. , like that scene in Sensational comics # 7.
This was not the main function of the lasso, however. While Wonder Woman obviously often used the lasso to get people to tell her the truth (as a way to gain actionable intelligence, there is nothing better than forcing your enemies to tell you everything you want to know and in terms of comic book exposure it also helps in that regard), the main idea was that she was imposing her will on other people, like this sequence of Wonder woman # 4 where she uses her lasso to force a villain to untie a woman with her teeth …
HOW JOKER REACTED TO THE LASSO OF THE TRUTH BEFORE THE CRISIS
We don’t know for sure how Joker would treat Wonder Woman’s lasso, as she’s never used it on him in an official comic book, but we’re as close as we can get to an “official” comic, which is a unpublished issue of the current series of Joker (Joker # 10 by Martin Pasko and Irv Novick), where we see that the Joker was too much for Wonder Woman …
(And yes, the Joker then hooks up Wonder Woman with his own lasso. It’s a bit crooked). The problem is, that’s the story according to the Joker. He’s an unreliable narrator and the next issue was never created, so we don’t know if all of these were made up lies by The Joker. Still, that’s at least a clue that The Joker would have been too much for Wonder Woman’s pre-Crisis magic lasso.
IS JOKER TOO FOR THE LASSO OF THE POST-CRISIS TRUTH?
The POST-Crisis Lasso of Truth (which it has now officially become), however, was much more powerful, which George Perez detailed early on in Wonder woman # 6 (by Perez, Len Wein and Bruce Patterson), when Wonder Woman used her Lasso of Truth on Ares to show her that her plan to lead the world to war was madness.
This demonstrated two important aspects of the Lasso. One, it was powerful enough to even work on GODS and two, it was so powerful that it healed a god’s madness.
Therefore, logically, the lasso would have to do the same for the Joker, so it would theoretically go through the madness of the Joker.
It should be noted, however, that in the alternate reality of Injustice, Batman argued that Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth WILL NOT WORK on the Joker. However, I think this is probably just a ‘power creep’ case, where the Joker has to be a super super special villain and what would work for the literal god of war wouldn’t be able to. to manage. ..
So I think the answer is, yes, the Lasso of Truth would work on the Joker.
Thanks for the question, Joe! If anyone else has a question about the comic, please email me at [email protected]
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