Helen Alexandros was a greek ballet dancer who was turned into the Silver Swan.
Helen was named after Helen of Troy, but she did not have much in common with her. She was plain looking and had terrible skin, which prevented her from becoming a prima ballerina.
Angered and desperate, she called out to the heavens for vengeance on men. The war god Mars answered Helen's call, transforming her into the beautiful, super powered Silver Swan, but would only make the change permanent if Helen agreed to kill Wonder Woman for him in return. Until then, the change would only ever last for an hour at a time).
By mere chance, Helen learned Wonder Woman's secret identity, and became a tenant in her Georgetown home. At first, she just tried to upstage Wonder Woman, but later, she teamed up with Doctor Psycho's ectoplasmic ally "Captain Wonder". They had the upper hand, but once Steve Trevor defeated Psycho and his Ectoplasmitron, Swan lost her ally and was quickly defeated.
The Swan disappeared, but resurfaced briefly months later and teamed with Captain Wonder, the Cheetah and Angle Man but was defeated again, this time by Lt. Etta Candy using Doctor Psycho's Ectoplasmitron to create a super powered alter ego for herself.
Finally, the Swan teamed up with Doctor Psycho himself in an elaborate scheme which saw the Swan transformed into a duplicate of Wonder Woman. Psycho wanted Wonder Woman as his mate and told the Swan that if she could deliver her, he would give her Captain Wonder as her own. When the Swan realized that Captain Wonder was not real however, she turned on Psycho and abandoned him. Psycho destroyed his own equipment (and himself with it) as an act of revenge, destabilizing the Swan's transformation and causing her to revert to human form several thousand feet above the Earth. Helen Alexandros apparently fell to her death while Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor flew away oblivious to her plight.
Valerie Beaudry's parents were both exposed to harmful levels of radiation following a series of nuclear tests. As a result, Valerie was born with severe physical deformities. Valerie grew up a recluse with little to no outside exposure. While still a teenager, she began placing ads in the classifieds seeking a pen-pal. Valerie longed for nothing more than to have a friend, but she refused to ever let anyone look upon her true face. Fifteen-year-old Maxine Sterenbuch answered Valerie's classifieds and the two exchanged letters with one another for more than three years. The bond between the two became so great that Sterenbuch felt as if they were sisters. Maxine always included photographs of herself in her correspondence, but Valerie never provided any pictures in return.
At age eighteen, Maxine told Valerie that she wanted to meet her face to face, and arranged to fly to her home town of Woodworth, North Dakota. When she arrived however, she discovered that Valerie had left Woodworth with no forwarding address. Valerie Beaudry 01Valerie Beaudry before the treatments Brian KurtzAdded by Brian Kurtz
During this time, Valerie met a man named Henry Cobb Armbruster, the CEO of Armbruster International. Henry promised that he could make Valerie beautiful and so she volunteered to undergo treatments in a program called Project: Silver Swan. The project leader, Benjamin Buchman, experimented on Valerie, transforming her from the proverbial ugly duckling into a vivacious, beautiful woman. The experiment also gave her the ability to harness and generate intense sonic vibrations. The birth of Valerie's new abilities was a violent, explosion of power that devastated the laboratory, killing Doctor Buchman in the process.
Armbruster manipulated Beaudry's state of mind, and she became emotionally dependent upon him. She easily fell in love, and was willing to do anything that Armbruster asked, no matter how amoral it may have seemed. Despite the physical and mental abuse that she suffered at Armbruster's hands, she was still very much in love with him.
Some seven years after they had last corresponded, Valerie met her pen pal Maxine Sterenbuch for the first time. Maxine could not understand why someone so obviously beautiful would be shy about her appearance. Maxine learned of Armbruster's abusive behavior towards Valerie, but was powerless to do anything about it.
Despite her beauty however, Valerie was still jealous of other women - particularly the neophyte super-hero known as Wonder Woman. Armbruster encouraged Valerie's jealousy, intent on using her as a weapon to defeat the Amazon princess.
Armbruster got his chance when Wonder Woman made a personal appearance at the Wonder Woman charity fair in Boston Commons. Using the name, the Silver Swan, Beaudry attacked Wonder Woman at the fairgrounds. Her true purpose was to steal a supply of microchips that one of Armbruster's inside men had hidden inside the fairground receipts. Wonder Woman flew up to face her, and the Silver Swan unleashed an intense wave of sonic energy. Though equipped with devastating power, she had little control over it, and even less experience. Wonder Woman grabbed hold of Valerie and flew her out over the sea where no innocents would be harmed. As the two fought in the water, Wonder Woman used her soaked cape as a weapon and ensnared the Silver Swan. Panicking, Valerie released the full range of her powers, but succeeded in only draining herself, thus enabling Wonder Woman to defeat her.
Vanessa "Nessie" Kapatelis is the daughter of Julia and David Kapatelis. She grew up with her mother in Boston, and met Wonder Woman when she attended school. Though originally jealous of Diana, they eventually grew closer. This was exploited by Doctor Psycho, who expanded the fears Vanessa already had after losing her father and the suicide of her best friend. He used underlings to drive a wedge between Vanessa and Diana. Psycho, Circe and Sebastian Ballesteros unleashed their influence on Nessie, and with mental conditioning and cybernetic implants, transformed her into the Silver Swan. They set her loose on Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl, and the latter's secret identity was exposed as a consequence. Silver Swan was defeated and sent to a hospital.
Ballesteros abducted her again, and Veronica Cale purchased her for a new plan against her enemy Wonder Woman. With additional cybernetic enhancement, Cale sent Silver Swan to the Themyscira House. Wonder Woman defeated her, and this time, with help from Amazonian doctors and Leslie Anderson, fully removed her cybernetic enhancement. Nessie returned to school, and eventually graduated.