|No, I'd say whoever drew those approximations of scowls on their faces in the cause.|
Poison Ivy, from the get-go, is presented as a femme fatale, out to conquer Batman not only professionally but romantically as well.
|Nowadays those would be photos of Kate Kane and Batwoman.|
Uncharacteristically, Batman semi-falls for it.
|Bob Haney? Is that you in there? Come out of there, we can tell it's you!|
Why would Batman pine after "the bad girl", like he's some high school girl swooning over the rebellious greaser on a motorbike? It's pat and childish and sexist. How can a comic book be pat and childish and sexist?
It simply makes no sense. After all, as we all know from having seen Batman: The Musical, criminals are "a superstitious, cowardly lot". Who wants to date someone superstitious and cowardly? And, being Batman aside, he's Bruce Wayne, a handsome and intelligent billionaire (or in those days 'multimillionaire'); why would he waste time on someone who is not just a crook but who is tragically vain, petty, and manipulative?
|I mean, it's not like Vicki Vale wasn't available. Very.|
I have always thought portraying Batman this way was ridiculous, even when they tried to do it in the Golden Age with Catwoman.
|Admit it: you miss the Golden Age Batman, too.|
Speaking of Catwoman, where the heck is she and why isn't this her story? What motivated the creators to craft a new villain to occupy almost exactly the same villainous niche in Batman's mythosphere? Was it a case of 'more is more', 'copy whatever seems work', or 'Sony still has the rights to Catwoman'?
More likely it was one of those deadline-motivated situations, where someone has been tasked to come up with a new character in five minutes to meet a deadline and, wildly looking around themselves or using word-association, they cobbled something together based on the first thing that crosses their eye or mind.
|If you are going to try to convince me that never happened...|
just save your breath.
Anyway, Poison Ivy has none of the plant-themed, ecological focus that we are accustomed to nowadays. She was called Poison Ivy not because she was plant-themed but just because she was toxic and clingy.
|With a very strange concept of how spelling works.|
Poison Ivy is, frankly, the least interesting thing is this story. She has a few gimmicks like chloroform perfume, electrified crowns (don't ask) and lipstick that makes cameras explode (please just don't ask) and she can climb walls (a cutesy ivy-based schtick that was never seen again). Mostly she just tries to prove that she is "the No.1 Woman World Public Enemy", which, apparently, used to be a thing.
|And her hideout sucked. Where's the thematic decor? Where's the big window casting shadows? Where's the PACING ROOM?!|
And she lustfully mooned over Batman:
|Nothing says "he-man" better than getting badly pummeled by a small mid-century advertising firm.|
For me, it's the REST of the stuff in the story that's interesting. Like World Public Enemies 1, 2, and 3.
|I love these gals, who are long overdue for a true comeback.|
Like Scooter, DC's own teen Austin Powers:
|Cynthia must be a lesbian; |
how else could she resist Scooter's obvious charms?
Like this abjectly mortifying poetic house ad from Go-Go Checks Era DC:
|It actually scans pretty well.|
Like this painfully insensitive and goofy Egg Fu promo:
|Whenever I feel bad about the current state of comics, |
I'm just going to look at this ad. Then again, in those days it only took two issues to suffer through Egg Fu, whereas now it would take a two-year arc with Ramifications Through The DCU.
Like this hilarious letter column commentary:
|"Gosh, Batman, I'm stumped! It's almost as if someone else were doing the drawing and Mr. Kane were just... adding his own name to it instead!"|
But, even with all that, I'll always think of this issue primarily as "the one where Batman falls down an open elevator shaft."
|Well, yes, Batman, you really COULD have waited, and it would have been less embarrassing for everyone involved.|
"I am vengeance! I am the ni-yaaaaaaaaaaaaah!"
(Editor's note: snarky comment courtesy of reader Josh R. of Great Falls, Virginia!)
|You mean, "because he's blind as a bat"?|
|Before Alfred became a snarker, there was Robin.|