Harley Quinn is today’s topic for my Women in Comics post. Harley Quinn was originally created for Batman, The Animated Series as a partner for the Joker. She made her first comic book appearance in The Batman Adventures #12(September 1993). She was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.
Harley Quinn was the Joker’s sidekick on Batman, The Animated Series. She proved to be so popular, that she was added to the comic book universe. That is almost unheard of. She has become a huge part of the DC universe since she was added.
Harley was a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. While there, she treated the Joker. She fell in love with him, helping him escape numerous times. One time, after the Joker was beaten and captured by Batman, Harley snapped. She quit her job, donned a jester costume, and helped the Joker escape, becoming his sidekick and lover. Harley has assisted the Joker on many of his crime sprees.
Harley has also become very close with Poison Ivy. They often team up when Harley isn’t working with the Joker. Poison Ivy injected Harley with an antitoxin, which has given Harley super human strength, agility, and a resistance to toxins.
in the New 52, Harley is a member of the Suicide Squad, after the apparent death of the Joker. After the Joker’s apparent death, Harley becomes exceedingly reckless, and really pushes the limits. She does become a very valuable member of the Suicide Squad, stepping up and helping her teammates out if many tight situations.
Harley Quinn has always been a favorite of mine. I loved her in Batman, The Animated Series, and I love her in the comics. She is just a fun character, that actually adds a human side to the almost inhuman Joker. You can learn more about Harley Quinn here.