The First Appearance of Harley Quinn

1st App of Harley Quinn in ComicsHarley Quinn's First Appearance is a bit unique in the fact that she first appeared on TV's Batman: The Animated Series episode number 8 “Joker's Favor” which aired on September 11th, 1992.

Later, Harley Quinn made her comic debut in The Batman Adventures #12 “Batgirl: Day One” published in September 1993. In this issue, Barbara Gordon don's a Batgirl costume for a party. Little did she know that the party would be crashed by Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

This has quickly become a sought after key issue from the early nineties with prices steadily increasing. If you are interested in getting this issue, I would not recommend waiting. Here are just a few deals quickly about to end.


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If you are looking for a more collector ready copy of Harley Quinn's First Appearance, I suggest getting a CGC or CBCS Certified Copy of The Batman Adventures #12. As popular a character as she is, I can only see this issue increasing in value. Especially when Harley Quinn makes her movie debut in the recently announced Suicide Squad. Here are a just a few of the offers ending soon. Better hurry, because these prices just keep going up in value! *Update: At the time I posted this, you could buy a Batman Adventures 12 CGC 9.8 for about $1,000. Right around the time of the movie release, it peaked at $2300. Right now, I am seeing prices around $1600. I keep hearing rumors of a solo Harley Quinn movie. If that happens, I expect to see these jump up in price again. If you want this, don't wait because the smaller print run makes this an important Key to buy and keep.

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If you just want to read a copy of this issue and don't mind a reprint, I would suggest checking out Batman: The Dark Knight Adventures. This Graphic Novel reprints issues #7 – #12 of  The Batman Adventures. With Harley's popularity, even this reprint has been fairly popular.

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Harley Quinn's First Appearance in Continuity

1st Continuity App Batman Harley Quinn Graphic NovelBatman Adventure comics and stories were considered outside the main DC continuity, so Harley wasn't officially a part of the main universe until the release of the graphic novel Batman: Harley Quinn in 1999. This is a stunning cover with a nice black gloss finish that looks great if you get it in top condition. Go for the copies that don't look read. You can usually tell by the crease caused near the left binding caused by turning the cover over to read the page.

DC reprinted this graphic novel in 2015 with the newer DC logo and Pink Harley Quinn lettering in a much different font. You can see what it looks like and even buy a reader's copy here. If you want the 1999 original printing, check out these deals.


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Full Name: Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel

Born: 1/26/70
117 lbs.
Criminal Psychologist (Former)
The Joker, Poison Ivy, Catwoman
Affiliations: Suicide Squad, Justice League of Anarchy, Secret Six
Origin World:
Created By:
Paul Dini and Bruce Timm

My Favorite Harley Quinn Quotes:

  • “I'd just to like to say, if there were no Batman, there'd be no Joker and I never woulda met my Puddin!! Thank you, Batman!”
  • “Oh, come on, Puddin'! Don't you wanna rev up your “Harley”? Vroom vroom!”
  • “I'm rubber, you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and makes a six-inch-diameter exit wound in you.”