You know you can’t resist me. No man can…
– Poison Ivy/Pamela Isley
I first became aware of this incredibly sultry Batman villain on the 90’s cartoon and reruns of the Adam West series when I was a kid. She quickly became my one of my all-time favourite characters. Here’s a little back story:
Poison Ivy or Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley is a DC Comics supervillainess who is primarily an enemy of Batman. She was created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, and she first appeared in Batman #181 (June 1966). Her creators originally modeled her after infamous pin-up Bettie Page, giving her the same hairstyle and southern drawl.
In her first appearances in 1966, no real origin was written; she was merely a temptress with her costume being a one-piece, strapless green bathing suit, covered with leaves. Leaves also formed her bracelets, necklace and crown. She also wore green high heels and yellow-green nylon stockings with leaves painted on them. These particulars changed somewhat when she re-appeared. Later on her costumes became more and more sexy, using only a few strategically placed vines.
Poison Ivy is a glorified eco-terrorist in the comics; obsessed with plants, botany, and environmentalism. She uses toxins from plants and mind controlling pheromones for her criminal activities, which are usually aimed at protecting the natural environment.
My grandmother Elise made me my very own Poison Ivy costume when I was eight, and I absolutely loved it. Now being older I was dying to do a more grown-up version, 50’s pin-up-esque. I think I was successful. You can view the photos also in the gallery.