Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bel Juz versus Poison Ivy

Bel Juz
Debut: 1972
Nemesis: Martian Manhunter
Other Major Foes: Superman, Justice League of America
Appearances: 4 comics
Powers: Flight, superhuman physique, and presumably other innate Martian powers.

Bel Juz survived the genocide on her home planet and thrived on Mars II through ruthless cunning, feminine whiles, and a willingness to sacrifice countless lives rather than suffer herself. Superman once saw through her charade and choked her unconscious with considerable effort. Using the Marshal of the Red Brotherhood as a chess piece, Bel Juz orchestrated a Martian invasion of Earth that was put down by an under-staffed JLA.

Vile Menagerie Stats
Win: Dr. Light (8-1); Cay'an (4/1); The Martian Criminal (10-4)
Lose: Scorch & Bette Noir (4-7, 4-8); Human Squirrel (?)
Draw: 0

Poison Ivy
Debut: 1966
Nemesis: Batman
Other Major Foes: Batman Family
Appearances: 600+ comics, toys, video games, animation, and a major motion picture.
Powers: Immunity to poisons/toxins, toxic bodily secretions that can kill/control, plant control, and superhuman physique.

After being betrayed by a man and nearly killed by an injection of plant poisons, Pamela Isley survived and thrived through her intellect and special relationship with plants. Though mad, Poison Ivy has killed and manipulated her way up through the hierarchy of Gotham City's criminal underworld, and run into most every urbabn vigilante under the sun. Ivy tends to target men, and has a weakness for her fairer sex.

Vile Menagerie Stats:
Win: 0
Lose: 0
Draw: 0

Idol Speculation:
Despite the fun I had with the image mash-up topside, Poison Ivy goes down hard and fast. Her forte is plant control, which can certainly ruin a Caped Crusader's weekend, but isn't likely to stall a powerful Martian. Perhaps with time to plan, Ivy could cook up a mind-controlling herb for a Martian the way she did with a Kryptonian, but that took her years to work out. Ivy has nearly as much reason to avoid fire as Bel Juz. Finally, the Martian minx is a green-skinned femme fatale, so if anyone was likely to counter-seduce Poison Ivy, it's Bel Juz.


LissBirds said...

I think J'onn is probably the best JLA candidate for resisting Poison Ivy's charms (and poisons.) Unless there's some poisonous Martian plant she could control....

I wish Bel Juz would make a comeback. I think we need a higher caliber of female villains in the Vile Menagerie.

Diabolu Frank said...

Might Poison Ivy know her way around a zo'ok?

How is it that a character named Bel Juz wears more clothing than any of J'Onn's female rogues?

will_in_chicago said...

Bel Juz would defeat Poison Ivy very easily.

LissBirds said...

And why does she have more hair than any of J'onn's female rogues, too? I love the lilac hair. Real femme fatales have lovely hair...take note, DC.

Well, darned if the poll is up and I can't make a decision on this fight....

Diabolu Frank said...

Surely you've noticed that despite her appearing in a whole JLA story arc, I almost never post Bel Juz appearances outside her first. It's all about the lilac hair (and as an ex-Marvel guy, the '80s blond making her look like the Hulk's refridgerated girlfriend Jarella?)

Diabolu Frank said...

She'll Really Do You In...

Bel Juz took 65% of 20 votes, the kiss of oblivion for Poison Ivy.