A Short Story
By Susie Christian and Grace Wheeler
Venus: The Inspiration for Betty Byrd
I chose Venus (Roman) or Aphrodite (Greek) as my Superhero goddess inspiration. Venus is the goddess of love, sexuality, beauty, vitality and has the power to make all who gaze upon her immediately fall in love with her. Her less flattering traits are vanity, jealousy and ill temperment when she doesn’t get her way. On the plus side, Venus has the ability to turn into any bird she chooses, becoming an avian shape-shifter. I feel I can create a formidable force with Venus as my muse.
Description of Primary Powers
Power to make all who gaze upon her immediately fall in love with her.
Venus has the ability to shapeshift.
Description of Secondary Powers
Venus also represented fertility, domesticity, and prosperity. Brides often made offerings to Venus to ensure a happy marriage and family.
Description of Primary Weakness
Venus’ less flattering traits are vanity, jealousy and ill temperament when she doesn’t get her way.
Description of Secondary Weakness
Venus was in a loveless marriage with Vulcan. She was unfaithful and had many lovers.
Hedy Lamarr, Actress and Mathematician
Betti Page Pin Up Queen of the 1940’s and 50’s
Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame.
The Development of Betty Byrd
Pop X: The Rise of the Super-Heroes
and Their Impact on Pop Culture
A Smithsonian Educational Project
1. Mythic and Iconic Inspirations
Venus: The Inspiration for the Superhero Betty Byrd
Betty Byrd: The Protector of the Elderly
Venus and the Origin of Betty Byrd
Vulcan and the Origin of Supervillain Scissorman
5. The Story
The Adventures of Betty Byrd (or Betty Bryd vs. Scissorman)
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