For the television episode, see The Last Laugh (1995 TV).

"When comic book killers get serious, the action heats up."
— Tag-line

The Last Laugh is the 42nd book in The Hardy Boys Casefiles. It was first published in August 1990 by Archway Paperbacks.

Plot summary

From back cover: A San Diego comic book convention tuns into a real blast when guest speaker Barry Johns, legendary publisher of Zenith Comics, is kidnapped. But the Hardys can hardly believe their eyes. Johns is abducted by two characters straight off the illustrated page -- the Human Dreadnought and Flame Fiend!

Frank and Joe's investigation leads them into a confrontation with a rogue's gallery of comic book villains come to life, each armed with sinister, super-sophisticated powers. But the boys are determined to have the last laugh by unmasking the criminal mastermind behind the crazy comic book caper.


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