Batman’s Poison Ivy may have made her debut in print in 1966, however, another Poison Ivy was flying high some 21 years earlier.
The first Poison Ivy may have originated as the nose art of Boeing F-13 Superfortress 42-24585. The Poison Ivy B-29 was part of the 73 Bomber Wing, 3rd Photo Recon Squadron, when she went down due to engine failure 6 miles NE of Agana, Guam, on 8 June, 1945. I am not sure how many casualties resulted in the crash, but I do know not all crewmembers made it out alive. This is a small tribute to those brave men in the original Poison Ivy.