Batman #181 June 1966 - Entertainment Blog
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Cover art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson. The 1st
appearance of Poison Ivy in Beware of — Poison Ivy!, script by Robert
Kanigher, pencils by Sheldon Moldoff (ghosting for Bob Kane), inks by
Joe Giella.

In June of 1966 DC Comics introduced Batman & Robin to a new
villain named Poison Ivy and she has been a literal thorn in the side of
the ‘Dynamic Duo’ ever since.


Of course she is!

An original grunge girl and botanist from Seattle, Pamela Lillian Isley
wants to be on top of Gotham’s criminal food chain so she invites all
the other riot girls in town (Dragon Fly, Silken Spider, Tiger Moth) to a
rumble. Though Batman is worried that Robin wants to pollinate with
the poisonous plant girl it is the Caped Crusader himself that
succumbs to her charms. Can Robin snap him out of his love-sick
haze before Ivy takes him back to her greenhouse for a dirt nap?

While attending a pop-art show at the Gotham Art Museum featuring
portraits of the top three female criminals Dragon Fly, Silken Spider
and Tiger Moth. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson are witness to the
arrival of Poison Ivy, who has come to challenge the title for the
number one female criminal to the press before making a quick exit.
Bruce tries to follow her as Batman but she manages to get away.
Robin is worried that Batman is falling in love with Ivy.

When Dragon Fly, Silken Spider, and Tiger Moth hear of Poison Ivy’s
challenge they arrive at her pre-arranged meeting place to figure out
once and for all who the most dangerous female criminal is with each
bringing in some backup (Which were use to hold batman and robin
away while the three femme fatale meet Poison Ivy. However, this
turns out to be a trap and the three women are knocked out. When
Batman and Robin arrive to stop Poison Ivy, she tries to use her
charm to woo Batman. However, Batman manages to snap out of it
and arrest her.

“Beware of — Poison Ivy!”
“Best Wishes Batman and Robin”
“The Perfect Crime — Slightly Imperfect!”
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