Classics got its erstwhile start as a Batman line nine years ago. Six years ago, a Batman theme held down every other wave of DCSH. And DC Classics (2008-2011) certainly never strayed too far from Batman & his rogues. With all that Bat-history, it’s inconceivable that we’re just now getting to Poison Ivy.
You know that ridiculous lettering system we use to determine the importance of things like comic book characters? Normally, I love the idea of quantifying things, but I’ve never really seen any clear rules for it. One collectors’s C-list is another collector’s H-list*.
* – We never really hear about the H-List. We tend to get lazy around D or so and just jump straight to Z. I suppose that makes sense; it tends not to matter much after B-list these days.
I’m bringing this up because I find it very difficult to determine what letter each Batman villain gets. I ask you, do you consider Poison Ivy a primary Batman villain?
And yet, it feels like it’s taken forever to get her into Classics. It’s crazy that circumstances have made her a limited online exclusive targeted to collectors. I’m not lamenting that she’s a wasted slot in the subscription – she needed to be in the line and retail appears to be only the A+ list for some time. She needed to be in the line and her spot in the subscription is a good thing.
But it does have its drawbacks. As I said, she’s a fifty year-old character and one that’s had at last two distinct eras of looks. When her name was thrown out in the great 2012 subscription push last year, the “soda vs. pop” debate rolled out immediately. For most of those fifty years, Ivy appeared as a normal human with an affinity for leafy clothing. In the 90s, she was given a green makeover similar to the figure presented here. The green skin is very popular, but the love of classic runs deep. Ivy is one of the few figures, like Zatanna, that I wish Mattel had figured out a way to release twice. Unfortunately, in the subscription, the only variation available is quality control. Continue to Page 2…