Big Barda is from the planet Apokolips (as is her partner Mister Miracle). In the original storyline, she was trained to be a warrior at the Home for Orphaned Youth, a place she was forced into after being abducted from her mother "Big Breeda."
After later relocating to earth with Mister Miracle, Barda directed a defense program for women in New York City.
Most recent renditions of the character place her (and Mister Miracle) in the Justice League.
The character was created by Jack Kirby.
Big Barda at work
Harley’s Little Black Book #4
Big Barda and Wonder Woman
Art by Matt Sheen and Malachi Ward - Online Web Page
Art by Phil Noto
Here Comes Big Barda
Jack Kirby art - Mister Miracle #9, August 1972.
Justice League - Big Barda: The Ties that Bind
The episode "The Ties that Bind" was written by longtime comic book artist/writer Steranko. Ironically, it is said by Kirby that he used Steranko (who had a career as a magician) as a model in some ways for the original design of Scott Free/Mister Miracle in the eary 1970s.
Elseworlds Big Barda
Big Barda was claimed by Kirby to be based upon two women, his wife Roz and the singer/actress Lainie Kazan.
Mister Miracle and Big Barda issue 17
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