Batman Adventures #12 Homage Covers
Batman Adventures #12 (September 1993)
Writer: Kelly Puckett
Cover Artists: Mike Parobeck
Penciller: Mike Parobeck
Inker: Rich Burkett
The Batman Adventures is a comic book series published by DC Comics from October 1992 – October 1995. The series featured Batman but was set in the Batman animated universe, outside of standard DC continuity. Most of the Batman’s classic characters appear in the series, including Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Batgirl, Robin, Riddler, Scarecrow, Commissioner Gordon and others.
The series most notably features the 1st appearance of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, aka Harley Quinn, in DC Comics. Harley Quinn was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for The Batman Adventures animated series to be an accomplice and love interest for Batman’s popular nemesis, the Joker. Her origin begins as an intern psychiatrist at Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, where she treats the Joker and, coming under his influence, falls hopelessly in love with him. Harley Quinn makes the leap from the small screen to comics in The Batman Adventures #12 in September 1993.
The alias “Harley Quinn” is a play on the character of Harlequin, a character that originated in the commedia dell’arte, the professional Italian theater popular in Europe from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The character’s origin is recounted in 1994’s The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, a one-shot graphic novel by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, set in the Batman animated universe. The graphic novel received an Eisner Award for Best Single Story. Mad Love was reprinted in 1998, and in 2009 the story was republished with a number of other stories by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini – in the hard cover collection, Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories. Harley Quinn first appears in DC comic continuity in Batman: Harley Quinn, a prestige format graphic novel published in 1999. Written by Paul Dini, the book features a now-classic cover by popular comic artist Alex Ross which features the Joker and Harley Quinn together in a sensuous dance-like pose.
Harley Quinn has continued to grow in popularity since her early appearances in DC Comics. Though a love interest for the Joker at first, the character has since broken up with the Joker and moved on to other romantic interests, such as Poison Ivy and Catwoman. She is a member of both The Suicide Squad and the Gotham City Sirens. She has appeared in various DC animated films and several live-action films, portrayed by popular actress Margot Robbie. As a result of her ongoing popularity, Batman Adventures #12 has continued to grow in value and spawn assorted homage covers.