Since Batman and HQ is coming to DCU, finally a lot of folks will be able to see it.
To me it provides a lot of background that we generally wouldn’t know. Such as the guy who stood her up for prom, and she stills holds that grudge.
The biggest insight to me is when they are in the bar and to get the information, she has to do “hanging on the telephone” by Blondie. I know Dini wrote her initially and modeled her after a specific person, Arleen Sorkin. But as characters grow beyond their creator, I wonder if some writers and artists were inspired by Debbie Harry, the faint woman for Blondie.
We know from Mad Love in BTAS that her standard hair color was blonde. Her build was also similar. Her sense of humor was close as well (Contact in Red Square by Blondie, as an example) Harley has a sense of joyous abandon which Debbie Harry certainly had on stage in the 70s thru the mid ‘90s. She took time away from her career to care for her partner, Chris Stein, thrusting a very serious illness. Which seems like something Harley would do. She is a very caring person for those she is close to.
I never really thought about it or saw it until she did the Blondie song in Batman & HQ. Then the puzzle pieces just sort of fell into place. She and Dennie Harry have many things in common. I’d made me wonder, if even subconsciously, writers saw a parallel between the two.
I welcome the thoughts of others on this concept.