Which Harley comic is the best written in your opinion
Oh wow, that’s a tough question. I don’t think I can narrow it down to one definite, best comic.
Anything written by Paul Dini is always sure to get Harley’s character right, because he did create her, and he does a really good job at writing that balance between cute and villainous I talked about earlier. So, the Harley Quinn graphic novel, Mad Love and the Gotham City Sirens run are very good and Paul Dini approved.
Other than that, the old Batman Adventures and Gotham Adventures comics feature a very well written Harley, so does the Gotham Girls series. I also really like the way she’s written in the Injustice comics, even though I’ve only read those up to Year 4 I think.
Harley’s original solo run was quite good too. I’ve always really loved the A.J. Lieberman run in 2003 (I think), because it combines a great story with a quite well written Harley. Also it reads a bit more mature than the rest of her solo, and the art is refreshing and different. It’s a definite favorite of mine.
“We wanted this as our first prime time show, and Fox was going to run it. Then a Fox executive saw it and said what the hell is this? Batman’s not in this episode. He’s only in it at the end? The whole episode is two girls running around in their underwear. There’s no boy appeal here. I said, well, maybe not any boys you know.”–Paul Dini
New article in response to the lates reveal by Paul Dini on why marketing execs don’t want girls in their audiences for super hero shows. Sounds horrible right? People are shocked! Yeah, well, it’s worse then you think.
I explore the reasoning, that drive execs and marketers to pro-actively exclude women from their audiences and to pro-actively encourage a culture in which women do not feel welcome.
Want to listen to something that will piss you off?
First off, if you’re not a listener of Fatman on Batman you should be.
Now, download this episode. (Released this week; it was recorded in early November.)
Take it up to the 21:00 mark to hear Kevin Smith to gush on Beware the Batman for almost twenty minutes. If you want to skip that, it’s OK. Start at 39:00 and listen to Paul Dini kill his dreams at 39:30.
Of course, you already know that Beware the Batman was pulled from the schedule, so why should this enrage you all over again?
You must listen to the following ten-ish minutes.
Dini describes the thinking of Cartoon Network execs … and it goes beyond the $imple $elling of toy$. It almost sounds like misogyny.
Bruce Timm’s original rough panel of Harley seducing The Joker from BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE and the final printed version.
“Editor Scott Peterson was a wee bit nervous about some of the ‘sexier’ elements of the story, mostly in the ‘Harley’s Inept Seduction’ sequence. I talked him into running most of it 'as is’–Harley could keep her nightie as long as it was red, not any kind of see-through 'flesh’ color, and he reluctantly signed off on her provocative poses in the first two panels of page 21. Panel 3 was redrawn upon request.
I thought Paul Dini’s 'rev up your Harley’ line was brilliantly 'punny’, and I had drawn her as if she were riding an old-style chopper, leaning back with her feet in the air. It looked more 'goofy’ than 'dirty’ to me, but I agreed to tone it down.”
“Advice to someone in the throes of mad love is pretty meaningless, because any capacity for rational thought has long since split for Aruba. Despite the setbacks and heartaches, the persuer tunes out their inner voice of sanity and is more than willing to swallow the tears, paint on a smile, and once again resume the chase.” -Paul Dini
BATMAN: MAD LOVE (Feb. 1994) Art by Bruce Timm & Rick Taylor Words by Paul Dini