Pamela Lilian Isley also known as Poison Ivy was created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff back in June of 1966.
She first caught our eye in Batman #181 and has been a member of Batman's Rougues Gallery ever since, although she sometimes works with him as long as it serves her as well.
Ivy is known for getting men to do her bidding, since it was a man who turned her into poison in the first place.
In the Silver Age of comics, Pamela Lilian Isley was a talented and of course, attractive, botanist - one of the top scientists in her field. However, a man talked her into stealing an ancient artifact that had an herb inside.
He eventually poisoned her with the ancient herb and well, she turned toxic and poisonous to the touch.
She put on that scantily clad green outfit made of plants and turned to a life of protecting all plants, but also using them in a life of crime.
Once she moved to Gotham City, it was all over from there. She often seduced men into doing her bidding and if they didn't listen she planted the poison kiss on them which killed them.
When you think Poison Ivy, don't go back to Uma Thurman's first on-screen adaptation - read the comics first!
Ivy existed way before Gotham City Sirens, and we're going to take a look at what comics to read to get to know Poison Ivy....
Batman Arkham Poison Ivy
GOTHAM’S DEADLIEST BEAUTY
Poison Ivy was once Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, a young woman with a unique fascination with botany and toxicology. But then she was seduced and later experimented on by her mentor, Professor Jason Woodrue, also known as the super-villain Floronic Man.
Now a constant thorn in Batman’s side, Poison Ivy uses the toxins in her bloodstream to make her touch fatal to whomever she chooses, giving her the ability to create pheromones that make men her slaves while she stops at nothing to ensure plant life will retake Earth.
BATMAN ARKHAM: POISON IVY collects some of the villain's greatest stories by some of the industry's greatest creators, including Robert Kanigher (THE FLASH), Gerry Conway (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA), Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN), Guillem March (CATWOMAN), P. Craig Russell (WONDER WOMAN), Mark Buckingham (FABLES) and many more!
Collects BATMAN #181, #339, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #42-43, BATMAN: POISON IVY #1, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT ANNUAL #3, BATMAN VILLAIN SECRET FILES #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #23.1, GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #8, JOKER’S ASYLUM: POISON IVY #1, SECRET ORIGINS #36, THE BATMAN CHRONICLES #10, WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE DIRECTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE #18, WHO’S WHO IN THE DC UNIVERSE #5 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #251-252
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death
POISON IVY BLOSSOMS INTO HER FIRST SOLO ADVENTURE!
There’s animal. There’s vegetable. And there’s somewhere in between.
That’s where Dr. Pamela Isley, a.k.a. Poison Ivy, finds herself. Instead of battling the Dark Knight, she is now a researcher at the Gotham Botanical Gardens, studying the possibility of creating plant-human hybrids.
But when her fellow scientists start turning up dead, she’s both the natural leading suspect…and the only person (or plant) who can crack the case.
To solve the mystery, Poison Ivy must team up—or throw down—with her oldest friends and closest frenemies, from Harley Quinn to Catwoman to the Swamp Thing. Can she keep things under control, or will she be responsible for a deadly new harvest?
Find out in POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH. Sprouting from the brains of the up-and-coming creative team of writer Amy Chu and artist Clay Mann, it’s a mean, green murder mystery starring one of Batman’s greatest rogues! Collects POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #1-6.
Harley And Ivy: The Deluxe Edition
The complete BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY miniseries, accompanied by more than 100 pages of Paul Dini’s other stories featuring the villainous BFFs. Breaking the law is never more fun than when your best friend’s beside you!
Writer PAUL DINI and artist BRUCE TIMM, the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, follow up their Eisner-winning BATMAN: MAD LOVE with another tale featuring the loony but loyal moll Harley Quinn, this time teaming up with her best gal pal, Poison Ivy. The duo’s latest scheme will take them from the streets of Gotham to the jungles of South America to the bright lights of Hollywood!
Collects stories from BATMAN: HARLEY AND IVY #1-3, BATMAN ADVENTURES ANNUAL #1, BATMAN ADVENTURES HOLIDAY ANNUAL #1, BATMAN AND ROBIN ADVENTURES #8, BATGIRL ADVENTURES #1, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #14 and BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE #3.
The complete critically acclaimed and best-selling tale is now available in one sensational volume.
BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra's al Ghul and the Dark Knight's other enemies - and allies - as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.
This volume collects BATMAN #609-619 as well as the 6-page segment from Wizard #0 and a 2-page origin story that originally appeared at dccomics.com.
Joker's Asylum: Poison Ivy
Written by J.T. Krul Art and cover by Guillem March A cast of top creators lends their talents to THE JOKER'S ASYLUM - a special month-long, weekly series of one-shots starring the greatest villains in Batman's rogues gallery.
Each issue tells a special stand-alone story that gives readers an inside look into the insane lives of the Dark Knight's greatest adversaries. And all the stories are narrated by the Asylum's leading homicidal maniac - The Joker!