Poison Ivy has been around for 50 years! In June 1966, Pamela Isley made her comic book debut and was introduced to the world. She was meant to be a love interest for Batman, and originally didn’t have much of a dominating presence in the DC Universe. Since then, however, she’s evolved into an ecoterrorist with control over the world’s plants and more power than many of Batman’s other adversaries. Ivy has proven herself a very, very dangerous opponent for the Dark Knight.
To celebrate Ivy’s evolution from her early beginnings to her dominance now, Costume SuperCenter pieced together this infographic to teach fans of the women of DC Comics a few things they may not know about Dr. Pamela Isely!
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- Robert Kanigher, one of her creators, has stated that she was originally modeled after professional model and “Queen of Pinups,” Bettie Page. She was originally depicted as wearing a one-piece, form-fitting bathing suit.
- The character was partly inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story, “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” about a girl who tends a garden of poisonous plants, eventually becoming resistant to the poisons, but becoming poisonous to others.
- Although she’s a supervillain, Poison Ivy describes herself as an “eco-terrorist of global importance” and has made actual philanthropic contributions to conservation within Gotham.
- She debuted on the screen in “Pretty Poison,” the fifth episode of “Batman: The Animated Series” in 1992. She was one of the main villains in the 1997 film “Batman & Robin.”
- Her best friend is the Joker’s girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Harley Quinn. The two have often teamed up in genuine friendship, and Poison Ivy has an ongoing rivalry with the Joker.