Real Name: Pamela Lillian Isley
Class: Human mutate
Group Affiliation: Formerly Injustice Gang of the World, Secret Society of Super-Villains, Suicide Squad
Known Relatives: Unnamed parents
Base of Operations: Gotham City
First Appearance: Batman I #181 (June, 1966)
Powers: Poison Ivy was one of the world's leading experts in botany, and she possessed a number of plant-related powers. Her body chemistry created touch activated potions---truth serums, love potions and the like, and her preferred method of utilizing them is by kissing opponents. Poison Ivy was a masterful manipulator, being especially good at coercing men to serve her. Her experiments have also led to the creation of a number of mutated and deadly plants, which are under her total control.
History: Pamela Isley grew up in Seattle; she was very emotionally unstable and always self-critical of her appearance. Pamela preferred solitude and became interested in botany early in life. In college she studied under Dr. Jason Woodrue (Floronic Man) who took personal interest in her and performed experiments on her that left her not quite human. Pamela and Dr. Woodrue also worked with Dr. Alec Holland in researching the creation of a sentient plant, and this research would one day cumulate in the creation of Black Orchid I. After college she traveled to Gotham City to meet Batman who she fantasized about.
(Batman I #181) - Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson attended a pop art show celebrating the world's top three public enemies, femme fatales Dragon Fly, silken Spider and Tiger Moth, and dick said he couldn't wait until he was old enough to pursue them. Poison Ivy crashed the gallery, saying she deserved to be world public enemy No. 1, but her crimes were too perfect, so she lacked infamy. She flirted with Bruce, before telling him she wasn't ready to go to jail yet, blinding him and those nearby with a lipstick that sent out electrical impulses when photographers started snapping pictures of her. Blinded Bruce changed into Batman, and plummeted down an elevator shaft before arriving outside and managing to fight off Poison Ivy's goons despite his handicap. Robin helped him mop them up as his sight returned, and the fleeing Poison Ivy developed a crush on Batman at first sight, not knowing if she found him or Bruce more attractive. Ivy sent a letter to Bruce, giving him her address and challenging him and Batman to fight for her affection. Batman and Robin decided to play along with the ruse, but found a gang rumble on Ivy's property. She'd sent letters to Dragon Fly, Silken Spider and Tiger Moth challenging them to prove who deserved to be public enemy No. 1, and they'd brought their gangs in tow. Batman and Robin rounded up the gang members while Ivy presented a crown to the villainesses, asking which of them deserved it. They all reached for it, and received an electric shock that knocked them out. Poison Ivy grabbed Batman and momentarily paralyzed him with her kiss, but as she fled he summoned the strength to knock her off her feet with a Batarang. Poison Ivy was sent to prison, but she said she'd have Batman yet.
(Batman I #183) - Bruce Wayne went on dates with glamorous women, but kept finding himself fantasizing about Poison Ivy. Robin wanted him to get out of his head, and was pleased when there was a penthouse robbery to get him back into action as Batman. Ivy was thinking about Batman as well, and gave a pocket mirror she'd made to the warden to give to him. Batman accepted the gift, and the warden said she was trying to go straight and wanted Batman to forgive her for her past. His distracting thoughts about Ivy almost led to disaster when the Dynamic Duo foiled a ferry heist, so he broke the mirror and sent it back to her. The warden soon told Batman that Ivy was in the hospital, dying of a broken heart. Batman visited her, but it turned out she'd poisoned herself, and had explosives hidden in her hair, threatening to explode the hospital room if Batman didn't help her escape prison. She knocked him out with poison and he woke in her lair tied to a leash. He went on a hunger strike as protest, and days later she tried to hook him up to an IV tube and he escaped. Robin, who'd followed Batman to Ivy's lair, but wanted him to prove he wasn't in love with her, burst in, and took care of Ivy's goons. Ivy went to jail again, but said Batman had caught Poison Ivy for life, and would never not love her.
(Batman I #339) - Ivy planned to take over the Wayne Foundation, and tracked down every board member, including Bruce Wayne, and kissed them while wearing hypnotic lipstick. The board members all felt compelled to make their way to the Ambassador Theatre where Ivy commanded them to sign the Wayne Foundation’s assets over to her. She gave another post hypnotic suggestion, forbidding them from contacting the authorities, knowing the legal papers she had them sign weren’t lawfully valid because they were being coerced. After Bruce signed the papers he changed into Batman and confronted Ivy. Ivy tossed a ivy vine at Batman that strangled him, saying he’d made the worst mistake of his life by turning down her advances and deserved to die for rejecting her. Batman freed himself using defoliant from his utility belt, but Ivy had already escaped. Batman tried to call Commissioner Gordon about Ivy’s hostile takeover, but the words caught in his throat because of Ivy’s hypnotic control.
(Crisis on Infinite Earths #5, 9) -
Her criminal acts were pardoned when she served with the Suicide Squad, and for a time she lived in the South American country of Puerto Azul, acting as a supporter of military leader general Vaca. Growing bored with this, she has returned to Gotham City to again purse Batman.
(Batman #400) -
(Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1) - Crooked businessman Walter "Great White Shark" played the system, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a trial for defrauding people out of their life's savings. Shark found that he was a little fish in Arkham, and the inmates, including Poison Ivy, delighted in tormenting him. Ivy told her therapist a story about turning a man into potting soil.
(Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #3-6) - Corrupt Arkham guard Wrigley snuck Doodlebug into the women's wing. Poison Ivy offered him company, but he didn't trust her not to poison him. He was interested in her cellmate Magpie, and he presented her with a shard of glass he'd found, knowing how much she liked shiny things. Jane Doe, in the identity of Arkham guard Wrigley, helped free her fellow inmates, causing a massive riot. Poison Ivy and Magpie started tunneling to freedom, although Magpie was sad to leave behind the shiny things she'd gotten from male callers. Their escape plan was ruined when they came upon the underground chamber housing the Skarva, demons trapped under Arkham, and recently freed by Doodlebug. Doodlebug opened up a portal to Hell, and when Aaron Cash tried to stop him the Skarva transformed Magpie and Poison Ivy, among others, into monstrous versions of themselves to stop him. Demon and Great White Shark managed to take care of the demons, and Magpie was returned to normal.
(Catwoman II #57) - Poison Ivy wanted to restore the razed Gotham to a state of nature, and created a super-fertilizer for that purpose with the help of a WayneTech employee she had wrapped around her finger. Catwoman was on anti-looter patrol, and spotted her, unsure of getting involved until she witnessed Ivy killing the man with her poison kiss. Ivy dropped seeds into the super-fertilizer that instantly made them giant strangler vines, and Catwoman had to flee, but caught up with Poison Ivy at the GCPD station, where she was continuing her work. Catwoman helped Harvey Bullock pull up the roots of a tree that was destroying the station, and then confronted Ivy at the Gotham reservoir. She caught the vial of seeds Ivy was going to drop in it with her whip, and shattered the vial on Ivy's face. Ivy had previously ingested some of the fertilizer, and some of the seeds grew inside her, incapacitating the villain. Ivy was handed over to the GCPD and asked that the seeds inside her be allowed to keep growing, even if it killed her.
(Batman: Harley Quinn #1) - Ivy discovered Harley Quinn trapped under some wreckage, later she took Harley in and gave her a chemical drink that gave Harley superhuman powers. Ivy had a truce going with Batman, she could remain free as long as she delivered food to quake victims and didn’t go after Batman. To circumvent this she sent Harley after him.
(Harley and Ivy: Love on the Lam #1) - Harley Quinn wanted to prove her worth to Joker, so she teamed with Ivy to hack into and raid Branaco’s bank account. Ivy also used files on Branaco’s database to expose the environmental damage the company was causing to the media. Ivy tried to convince Harley that with her new offshore account she should be independent, and stay away from Joker, but her advice fell on deaf ears.
(JLA: A League of One) - Ivy choked off the Amazon river with mutated hyacinths in order to flood nearby villages in an attempt to stop the deforestation of the Amazon Rain Forest. She was apprehended by Flash and Batman.
(Harley Quinn #1) - Ivy suspected that Joker was going to kill her friend Harley, so she disguised herself as Harley. Her suspicion proved correct, Joker shot her on sight. Ivy wasn’t severely injured, and she’d finally gotten through to Harley that Joker wasn’t good for her.
(Harley Quinn #3) - Ivy, along with a number of other villainesses, attended a slumber party thrown by Harley Quinn. The women kidnapped a pizza boy, but the young man was rescued by Thorn, who infiltrated the slumber party using the villainous identity of Pagan. Towards the end of the night Harley announced that she was no longer second fiddle to Joker, and was about to start her own gang. Ivy smiled, realizing the positive effect she’d had on her friend.
(Harley Quinn #13-19) -
(Spectre IV #11) - Arkham; Ivy admired one of her plants while one of Spectre's (Hal Jordan) aspects struggled to find a way to redeem her soul.
(Detective Comics #775) -
(Batman I #608, 609, 611, 612) - Under orders from Thomas Elliot, Ivy took control of Catwoman's mind and made her steal a ten million dollar ransom from Killer Croc. Afterward Ivy fled to Metropolis. She used a synthetic kryptonite lipstick to mind-control Superman, and set him against Batman. After Superman shook off her control, Batman, Superman and Catwoman defeated Ivy.
(Batman: Harley and Ivy #1) - Harley and Ivy attempted to steal the Zombie Root, which Ivy planned to turn into a new mind-control chemical, but because of Harley’s bungling they were caught by Batman and the root was destroyed. Two weeks later Ivy broke out of Arkham and set sail for Costa Verde to locate another Zombie Root. Harley bugged Ivy until she let her come along.
Harley and Ivy #2) - Costa Verde; Ivy and Harley got the Zombie Root, but only
after fighting Slash and Burn, mercenary loggers hired to prevent anyone from
interfering with the deforestation of Costa Verde. Ivy mind-controlled President
Ceballos and made him create a preserve for the endangered plant species of
(Batgirl I #52) - Bruce Wayne funded installation artist Chris Colson to create an environmental project out of two gotham city blocks devastated by the earthquake during no man’s Land. Poison Ivy approached Colson, saying she’d be his muse and gave him the idea of turning the city blocks into a recreation of the Garden of Eden. Ivy created the sprawling garden using a single seed and Colson presented his work to a group of patrons at his art opening. The hallucinogenic effects of the garden’s flowers caused the patrons to give into primal desires and strip naked, but by nightfall they became feral and started attacking each other. The garden started spreading out through the city, and Poison Ivy told Colson, who didn’t know what Ivy was planning, that she no longer needed him and she entwined him in vines and tied him to a tree. Batgirl investigated what was happening and freed Colson, learning his story. Poison Ivy told the patrons that Gotham City and city life was an abomination, and that they’d freed themselves by giving themselves over to mother nature. She boasted that her garden would spread throughout all of Gotham until it was a paradise on Earth. Batgirl foiled her by setting the garden on fire and Batman took Poison Ivy into custody, ignoring Ivy’s pleas that he could join her in paradise.
(Superman / Batman #19) - Lex Luthor orchestrated a scenario to test Supergirl’s (Kara Zor-El) powers. He hired Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to rob a bank, and when Supergirl arrived Poison Ivy kissed Supergirl with synthetic kryptonite lipstick. Surprisingly the synthetic-k had no effect on Supergirl, and she easily bested Ivy and Harley.
Comments: Created by Robert Kanigher & Sheldon Moldoff.
Ivy received profiles in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #18, Who's Who in the DC Universe #5, Batman Villains Secret Files #1 and Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files #1. Poison Ivy received a profile in Who's Who in the DC Universe #12 under the Suicide Squad entry. She received a profile in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #20 under the Secret Society of Super-Villains entry.
Ivy had a cameo appearance in Batman: Black and White #4, Catwoman II #60, Green Arrow III #5, JLA #19, 115, 119 and Titans II #30.
Identity Crisis #4 showed the JLA looking through photos of a number of ex-Suicide Squad members, including Poison Ivy.
In Impulse #48 Riddler gave a suspect account of his career, including having Poison Ivy as a servant.
A Poison Ivy mask was seen in Black Mask’s war room in Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins 2005.
There were pin-ups of Poison Ivy in Batman: No-Man’s Land Gallery #1 and Legends of the DC Universe 3-D Gallery #1.
Batgirl: Year One #9 showed Batgirl fighting mock-ups of several villains, including Poison Ivy, in a shooting gallery located in the Batcave.
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