In which comic issue does Batman try to stop the Joker from robbing some kind of artifact at a museum or auction house ? Throughout the entire comic, both the Joker and Batman are compared to certain tarot cards, with similarities between their personalities and functions being described.

Towards the action/climax scene, the Joker traps Batman under a huge totemic statue but Batman manages to escape. The artstyle was maybe around the 1970s or 1980s ? I'm not entirely sure about the timeframe, though.

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A Clash of Symbols
Detective Comics #617
July 1990

He exits for a moment, but then returns to sit as the woman deals out her tarot cards. Batman takes a card. It is "Le Mat" -- The Fool and Holy Madman. Batman asks if she can find him in her crystal ball. As the two gaze at the magical orb, he goes into a deep thought, concentrating back to three years ago when he confronted the Joker when he pulled a heist at the Star Gallery.
... when the two arch enemies confronted, Joker got the upper hand by knocking a pillar on top of Batman.

  • That's the one. I recognize the phrase "Le Mat". Oct 24, 2021 at 17:00

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