DC Comics - Sept 1993
Key Issue Notes
First appearance of Harley Quinn
Here we have the first appearance of Harley Quinn. She has become a hugely popular, fan favorite character and is often cosplayed at conventions around the country. Some are really good, and some, not so good. I challenge you, next time you go to a con, to try and count all the Harley Quinn outfits you see.
Batman Adventures #12 is Harley Quinn's first appearance in comics, but it isn't her actual first appearance. Her actual first appearance is in the cartoon "Batman The Animated Series", in the episode titled "Joker's Favor" that aired in 1992. The Batman Adventures comic series is based off of this cartoon and isn't considered to be a part of the Batman comic book universe, or "cannon". What that means is anything that happens in the Batman Adventures comics, isn't recognized in the Batman or Detective Comics series. For example, if Batman had an arm or leg cut off in Batman Adventures, he would still have them in all of the other Batman titles, because the stories are not in the same universe and are in no way related. CGC labels it as "1st appearance of Harley Quinn in comics (out of DC continuity)".
Harley Quinzel first met the Joker when she was an intern at Arkham Asylum. She soon fell in love with the Clown Prince of Crime, and a little bit of his crazy wore off onto her. Then, she dropped the "zel", added another "n" and became Harley Quinn. She often accompanies the Joker, and is an accomplice to many of his crimes. None of this happens in this comic though. In this issue, Harley, Poison Ivy and Catwoman crash a costume party that Batgirl happens to be at. In the end, Batgirl saves her friend from being kidnapped by Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, and also stops Catwoman from stealing the precious Surh Diamond that was on display at the museum. All's well that ends well.
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