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Had any embarrassing pranks or practical jokes played on you today? Beware, the day is still young.
Whether it was due to the changing of the new year from April 1 to January 1 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in 1582, or whether it had its beginnings in the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria, there's no denying that April Fool's Day is the goofiest day of the year. The Holy Day of Pranks has some muddled beginnings back in 18th-century England, where the Brits set this time aside to honor a day devoted to jokes, pranks and general silliness and the frivolity soon spread around European cultures from there.
One hallowed arena of tricksters and pranksters is in the funny books of the comic industry. The business has a long history of creating heroes and villains who love to yuck it up, so, on the occasion of All Fool's Day today, let's examine a merry band of comic-book denizens who love to laugh and laugh loudly.
From Thor's half-brother, Loki, Guardians of the Galaxy's Rocket Raccoon and Batman's nemesis The Joker to the diminutive 5th Dimension dwarf Mr. Mxyzptlk, the green-skinned Impossible Man and the wily, willful Jester, here's a host of comics' most notorious mischief-makers to ring in April Fool's Day with a sinister smile. Sorry for the exclusion of Deadpool in this list, folks, but I've reached full saturation level on his antics and wanted to leave room for some lesser-known crafty folks. Hop on in, but watch your back!