Saturday, July 22, 2017

From statues to figures, my home is decorated with various treasures across years of collecting.  There are few themes I follow, as I have pieces from Star Wars to Marvel to just items I think are too cool to pass up.  However, there is one comic character I have a special passion for:  Poison Ivy.

Ivy has become a popular Batman rogue thanks to her overt sexuality and independent nature.  There is a good deal of Poison Ivy merchandising available, with some of the most difficult to find coming from the old Warner Bros. stores.  My main focus is on figures, statues, and other commercially produced items.





Where it all began

Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley's first appearance was in Batman #181 published in June 1966, and the story continued in Batman #183.




Her second printed appearance actually came in the Batman newspaper comic in the last panel of the December 10, 1966 strip.  Her story arc continued from  December 12, 1966 - March 18, 1967 (the December 11 strip was a Sunday comic that was not part of the Ivy storyline). 


I will post all the Poison Ivy collectibles I have found, and if I am missing some, I will insert pictures of the item until I can acquire it.  I will not focus on art, costumes, or customized pieces here.

I will try to make sure all photos are either taken by myself or are in public domain.  Feel free to let me know if I accidentally post your photo and I will give you credit or remove it at your request.

The background image is art by Stef Wilson I purchased.

Appearances of Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy has her fan base, but she is not as popular as other DC female characters such as Wonder Woman or Harley Quinn.  There are several collectibles solicited of Ivy that was canceled due to low projected sales.  As a Poison Ivy collector, here are some of the major events I have noticed that helped shape her merchandising base.  Personally, I do not attempt to collect every item that has 'Poison Ivy' printed on it, such as shirts, posters, costumes, magazines, wallets, and so forth.  

Warner Bros. Studio Stores:   First established in 1991, Warner Bros. (WB) stores were a common sight in malls across America.  They specialized in Loony Tones, Hanna-Barbera, and DC Collectibles.  In 2001, all Warner Bros. Studio Stores went out of business, although in 2006 some have reopened in China.  There were several items exclusively created for and sold in these establishments that have become very sought after collectibles, including many featuring Poison Ivy.  

DC Comics Bombshells (2011):  These began as a line of statues featuring female DC characters in a 1940 retro style including Poison Ivy.  The products have expanded into vinyl figures, a comic book series, and various goods such as art prints, banners, drinkware, and more featuring images of the characters.

LEGOs:  These plastic construction toys have, and are, releasing many DC-related sets that include Poison Ivy pieces.


DC Comics:   Poison Ivy has appeared in over 1000 comic issues.  She is often paired up with Harley Quinn, and was featured in Gotham City Sirens and the Birds of Prey series.  Ivy's popularity continues to rise, and she finally received her first solo comic ever in the six issue Cycle of Life and Death limited series.

Batman TV Series (1966 - 1968):  Poison Ivy never appeared in the 1966 TV series, however, many fans have commented Ann-Margret would have been the ideal actress to portray her. Here is a picture of the late, great Adam West as Batman next to a Gotham City Beach poster that was supposedly modeled after Ann-Margret and may have been a nod to Poison Ivy.  Just a rumor though.




Batman: The Animated Series / The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1992 - 1995):  Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski brought to television what many consider one of the finest adaptations of the Batman saga.  It introduced Harley Quinn to the Batman universe and opened the door to a host of Batman and Poison Ivy related merchandise.




The Adventures of Batman & Robin Game (1994):  Poison Ivy is one of the enemy bosses in this game.



Batman: Chaos in Gotham Game (2001):  Poison Ivy is one of the enemy bosses in this game.



Batman: Gotham City Racer Game (2001):  Poison Ivy has a playable green racing vehicle in this game.



Batman: Vengeance Game (2001):  Poison Ivy is one of the enemy bosses in this game.



Batman: Dark Tomorrow Game (2003):  Poison Ivy is one of the enemy bosses in this game.


Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2003):  Poison Ivy appears in a cutscene cameo.


The New Batman Adventures (1997 - 1999):  An animated continuation of Batman: The Animated Series with Poison Ivy as a reoccurring character.



Static Shock (2000 - 2004):  Another animated series where Poison Ivy made an appearance.



Gotham Girls (2000 - 2002):  A flash animated webisode series where installments ranged from 2 - 5 minutes in length.  I binge watched all 30 episodes one night and was surprised how much I enjoyed them, and despite the dated animation style, Ivy looked great!



Justice League (2001-2004):  Poison Ivy appears in the episode A Better World.


The Batman (2004-2008):  Poison Ivy appears in a number of episodes.



LEGO Batman: The Videogame (2008):  Poison Ivy is an enemy boss and playable character.


LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Game (2014): Poison Ivy is a playable character in the game.


 Batman & Robin movie (1997):  Batman & Robin was the fourth and final installment of the initial Batman film series.  The movie left much to be desired and almost killed the Batman movie franchise.  It brought Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy to the big screen, and of course, a mass of related merchandising followed.  I love me some Uma Thurman, but man, why Joel Schumacher?  Why?


Batman and Robin Game (1997):  Poison Ivy is one of the enemy bosses in this game.



DC Universe Online Game (2011):  Poison Ivy appears as a non-player villain character.



 Ugly Americans (2012):  Not a DC Poison Ivy appearance, but at the end of the Ugly Americans Batman parody episode titled 'The Dork Knight' (S02E16) they had this Ivy-inspired villain fighting the Koala.


Teen Titans Go!:  Poison Ivy made two very brief appearances in the Teen Titans Go! cartoon.  The first appearance was in the episode Sidekick (2013) in a circular montage of other villains.  She made another redesigned appearance at the end of the episode The Titans Show (2016).



Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014):  Poison Ivy appears in this direct-to-video animated superhero film.


Infinite Crisis Game (2014):  Poison Ivy appears as one of the playable characters in the game.


DC Super Hero Girls (2015):  DC Comics and Mattel introduced this franchise that includes books, animated movies and other merchandising.  The story centers around young superheroes dealing with their powers and personal issues while in an academic environment.  The direction of the series was heavily influenced by input from young girls in order to take away much of the over sexualization of female superheroes and focus on issues adolescents can relate to.


Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), Arkham City (2011), and Arkham Knight (2015):  These popular video games feature Poison Ivy as a character and have produced some related collectibles.



Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011):  Poison Ivy has a few appearances in this series.


Young Justice (2010-2013):  Poison Ivy appears in the episode Revelations.




Super Best Friends Forever (2012): Poison Ivy appears in a short Super Best Friends Forever
episode.



Gotham (2014):  Television series with Poison Ivy as a reoccurring character (as Ivy 'Pamela' Pepper).  Clare Foley portrayed Ivy in Seasons 1-3, and Maggie Geha replaced her in the second half of Season 3.


The LEGO Batman Movie (2017):  LEGO movie that includes a Poison Ivy character.


Justice League Action (2017):   Poison Ivy appears in the episode Garden of Evil.


Injustice 2 Game (2017:   Poison Ivy is a playable character.



Batman and Harley Quinn (2017):  Poison Ivy is one of the main antagonists in this animated movie.



Gotham City Sirens (2018): An upcoming movie that will include Poison Ivy as a character.  The movie will no doubt generate Ivy-related merchandise.









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