First Appearance: (Helen Alexandros) Wonder Woman 288 (1982)
Creators: Roy Thomas and Gene Colan
Abilities: Flight, super strength, and a powerful sonic voice that can be used both to destroy or to create a protective shield.
Backstory: Of the three women to bear the name Silver Swan, Helen Alexandros is not just the first, but the only to be created through divine magic, and while the others have suffered their own physical disabilities, Helen is a classic ugly duckling, and would begin a theme of rejection and discontent that has been a part of the character ever since.
Often treated cruelly, Helen wasn’t considered beautiful enough to achieve any success no matter how well she performed as a dancer, and grew resentful of constantly being overlooked or ridiculed because of her homely appearance. One day, believing her future was doomed to failure, she called out to the heavens for vengeance on man…and the God of War answered. He transformed Helen into a beautiful, super powered Silver Swan with a “swan song” capable of devastating a small area of land with its force. And of course, the deal came with a catch! Ares would only make the change permanent if she agreed to kill his enemy, Wonder Woman.
Helen accepts the terms, and infiltrates Wonder Woman’s life as the Silver Swan. With the help of Captain Wonder (a mind controlled Steve Trevor courtesy of Dr. Psycho), the Silver Swan defeats Wonder Woman. Falling in love at first sight, she and Captain Wonder then decide they should murder the now captive Amazon in front of the President of the United States. Ares appears and demands that they also murder the president while they’re at it—Helen’s powers still at stake should she fail. Ultimately, Steve would break free from the spell and Diana would engage the Swan in combat once more.