Sam Humphries Not Allowed to Talk Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy, Does Anyway
I will give that Sam Humphries, he goes out there and faces his public, no matter what the topic. We first got to know his work at Bleeding Cool with the glorious What If Judge Dredd Was In Sexual Relationship With His Dog, Our Love Is Real, which rightly brought Humphries to comic fame, and saw big publishers compete against each other add it to their roster. Since then, he has continued to create his own comics and work for the Big Two, including the recent run on Harley Quinn which ended in August with Harley Quinn # 75.
During his run, Harley Quinn’s girlfriend Poison Ivy no longer appeared in the Harley Quinn comic, which Poison Ivy fans were a little averse. Some see this as part of a plan to turn Ivy back into a Batman villain instead of the reformed environmental activist she had become. Also, some saw this as removing a strange relationship from DC Comics titles in a world where they’re still rare for main characters. There certainly seems to have been an effort by the DC marketing folks to remove such mention of their common status as characters. When asked recently about her absence, Sam Humphries said he would like to write a story with Poison Ivy for the comic, but DC Editorial said he was not allowed to. However, he said those who miss Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn together should see the Harley Quinn cartoon.
People were watching the cartoon which recently featured a pretty intimate moment between Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Sam Humphries went on DC Comics’ own video, DC Daily, to talk about Harley Quinn, the comic, and the cartoon, which he did at length. The episode was called “Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy fans have been waiting for this moment”. When the subject of the kiss came up, Sam Humphries said he was not allowed to talk about it at all, despite the hosts Amy Dallen and Sam Levine had no such compensations.
Amy Dallen: Harley and Ivy, let’s ship them, the answer is yes, I love this so much, I’m so excited, this is the final decision, but you too can both contribute.
Sam Humphries: I’m not allowed to comment on this that way so I’ll just have eto … you know …
Sam Levine: Oh, oh … I understand, you have other obligations, not me and no one has forbidden me from commenting, so I am 100% with you. I couldn’t ship harder, my god, all that Harley and Ivy fans have always asked for …
Sam Humphries: In all seriousness, I love the way this show handled these characters, I love the way they brought Harley and Ivy together. I ship them, hell yeah, I ship them, I buy them to the moon and back, I cheered as they kissed. I can not get enough of it.
DC Comics erased this, but Humphries didn’t seem to be kidding instead of seeing him looking a bit strange before freaking out and getting full support. However, it seemed like another case where a left and a right side of DC Comics didn’t know what the other was up to … which is awkward in DC Daily when they are supposed to applaud the publisher. Here, however, it is DC’s animation side that highlights one aspect of the characters that DC’s comic book side seems absolutely opposed to.
Hiring a workforce can be difficult for some creators, especially those who self-promoted to their current status and suddenly find themselves in a place where business concerns prevent them from promoting their work as well as they could . I am reminded of the time Mark Millar, Through his tame journalist friends, a story about Apollo and Midnighter as the gay Batman and Superman was hit the front pages of the world media for instant sales and sales increases only for an angry DC comic to knock him down and continual micro-management of the comics from that point in time at. Of course, Sam is only on Harley for a few short months.
Anyway, now it’s time to sit on the Batman seat thing.
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About Rich Johnston
Founder of Bleeding Cool. The world’s longest-serving digital news reporter since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room with a Deja Vu, The Many Murders of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in southwest London, works at Blacks on Dean Street and shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two children. Political cartoonist.