Poison Ivy will always remain the sexiest and most seductive comic villain in the history of the genre. There’s something about sex appeal and being bad which seems to go hand-in-hand almost naturally.
Ivy first appeared in Batman #181 in 1966 with no origin story being developed. Her part within the DC Universe was that of a temptress. And being modeled after Bettie Paige, temptation came naturally for the character.
As time went on, her character was redefined, ultimately implementing the now famous origin story; taking Ivy from a simple human in a green bathing suit with the capabilities of enticing men to a tortured and mutated female due to a catastrophic lab accident.
During the mid-90′s successful hit TV show, Batman the animated series, Diane Pershing dawned a new aspect of Poison Ivy with her sultry voice. Until that time, Ivy was only eye candy for fans of the Dark Knight, but now fans have a vocal timbre to attach to the her image. And even though the 4th Batman film installment, Batman and Robin, did horrible at the box office, men and women have claimed that Poison Ivy has been forever branded as comic book’s hottest female villain.
Poison Ivy is, of course, most known for her love of planet Earth and her kiss of death. At times, these defining attributes have led to some interesting relationship tensions between her at the Dark Knight. One time she unintentionally revived Batman with her second anecdotal kiss after planting her lips against his the first time, intentionally trying to kill him. Since then, while his main love interest has always remained with Catwoman, sexual tension between Batman and our villain of note has been one of the most interesting characteristics of Poison Ivy within the Batman universe.
Poison Ivy currently stars in the initially successful series “Gotham City Sirens” which has been jumping up and down in ratings. In the series, Ivy is teamed up with Catwoman and Harley Quin, forming another bad guy book which seems to be becoming a very popular theme within DC Comics.
Below are some images of the different incarnations artists have taken with the plant queen. If you’re not into the whole “seductive” aspect of comics…well…you shouldn’t be reading comic in the first place. BUT! seeing as how one of Ivy’s major characteristics is her seductive side, it seems amiss not to post images that bring this out.