Harley Quinn, full name Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel, is a fictional character and super villain from the Batman universe, who works alongside fellow super villain and lover The Joker. Her name is derived from playing on the word harlequin which, along with The Joker, is a form of comedic profession.
Debut & Appearances
Harley Quinn first debuted in Batman: The Animated Series on September 11th, 1992. She has appeared in several comic books and graphics novels since then, as well as headlining her own comic book series The New 52 and being one of the main characters in Suicide Squad, which is also set to be turned into a live-action movie in 2015. Whilst she has had very small roles in most of her early appearances, Harley gained major popularity with her roles as one of the main antagonists in the Batman Arkham videogame seires, starting with Batman: Arkham Alysum (where she features in a new costume styled as a nurse) and following up in Batman: Arkham City (where she has another new costume and also takes the role of the central antagonist in the DLC Harley Quinn's Revenge). Whilst she does not appear until near the climax of the game, Harley Quinn stars in Batman: Arkham Origins as Dr Harleen Quinzel where she is shown falling in love with The Joker.
She is set to star in Batman: Arkham Knight where there shall also be a DLC where the player can control Harley through her own story driven mission.
One of the main features of Harley Quinn is her relationship with The Joker. Shown in many incarnations, the central themes show that Harley is entirely infatuated with The Joker who abuses and controls her for his own gain. It has been shown that The Joker may love Harley in some way, as there has been evidence if him caring for her as well as Harley having given birth to a child in one storyline. However, in the majority of lines, The Joker treats Harley as an object that he owns.In later comics, Harley and the Joker have broken up and separated, with the comic book creators aim to develop her character further and have her prove her worth as her own person.
Poison Ivy, also known as Dr Pamela Lillian Isley, is Harley's best friend, the dynamic-duo having their own spin-off series Gotham City Sirens alongside Catwoman. At somepoint in their relationship, Ivy injects Harley with a form of antitoxins, giving Harley immunity to toxins as well as super-strength and super-speed.
Harley Quinn Month
DC Entertainment declared February 2015 as Harley Quinn Month!
To begin the month long celebration, a Facebook page was created specifically for the Joker’s right-hand lady, this page was designed to be a hub to display and feature comic book sneak peeks, must-have Harley-themed products, unique prizes, free INFINITE CRISIS game Harley Quinn skins, and other news; which was posted as if written by Harley herself.
Due to Valentine’s Day coinciding with the event; on February 2nd DC Entertainment released, what they stated to be “the perfect Valentine’s Day present for your loved one”; a brand new statue depicting a kiss between Harley Quinn and the Joker. Then, on February 11th the company brought out the one off comic issue, ‘HARLEY QUINN VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL #1’. At this time, fans could also show their Harley love with special Harley Quinn-inspired fashion at Hot Topic, with their ‘MAD LOVE promotions’ that lasted through Valentine’s Day; products still available to purchase.
Throughout the month, DC Comics released 22 variant covers for 22 of their ongoing publications, featuring Harley Quinn across many universes.
- ACTION COMICS #39 by Nicola Scott & Danny Miki and Jeremy Cox
- AQUAMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
- BATGIRL #39 by Cliff Chiang
- BATMAN #39 by Jill Thompson and CV Painting
- BATMAN & ROBIN #39 by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tomeu Morey
- BATMAN/SUPERMAN #19 by J.G. Jones and Alex Sinclair
- CATWOMAN #39 by Jim Balent
- DETECTIVE COMICS #39 by Dave Johnson
- THE FLASH #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
- HARLEY QUINN #15 by Marco D'Alfonso
- GRAYSON #7 by Dan Panosian
- GREEN LANTERN #39 by Mike McKone and Dave McCaig
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 by Jason Pearson
- JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #9 by Mikel Janin and CVDL
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #39 by Dustin Nguyen and CV Painting
- JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #39 by Joe Quinones
- TEEN TITANS #7 by Sean Galloway
- SINESTRO #10 by Ian Bertram and Matt Hollingsworth
- SUPERGIRL #39 by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald
- SUPERMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
- SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16 by Francis Manapul and CVDL
- WONDER WOMAN #39 by Phil Jiminez and Hi–Fi