Sean Murphy Has an Explanation for Harley Quinn’s Iconic Three of Diamonds Imagery

Harley Quinn in Batman and Harley Quinn.
Harley Quinn in Batman and Harley Quinn.
Image: Warner Bros

Harley Quinn has a distinctive look. Whether she’s wearing a jester costume or not, she’s regularly adorned with the symbol of a playing card. One card in particular, actually: the three of diamonds.

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Now, there’s a lore reason why, in at least one corner of the Bat-universe. On Twitter, Sean Murphy, author of Batman: White Knight, an alternate universe Batman story that saw the Joker turning very dangerously sane, has released a snippet for his followup, Batman: Curse of the White Knight, which includes a fun piece of trivia about his version of Harley.

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In his rendition of the story, the Three of Diamonds was the card on which the Joker wrote his first love note to Harley. This is a clever touch, and it makes narrative sense. Though it would be neat to find out if there was anything about Harley’s persona that she didn’t get from Mr. J. She started as a villainous sidekick, after all, but she can be much more than that.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight continues Murphy’s saga with its first issue, coming from DC on July 24th. 


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DISCUSSION

Improbable
Improbable

Wait, what? Every deck of cards I’ve seen has the three diamonds laid out in a single column, not arranged like Harley’s.

A regular pattern of diamonds is part of harlequin costumes dating back hundreds of years. This is almost as bad as Rowling tweeting about wizards shitting on the floor. It's a dumb explanation that makes no sense for something that didn't need explaining.