Valda the Iron Maiden
is a fictional character
created by Roy Thomas
and Ernie Colón
for DC Comics
. She debuted in Arak, Son of Thunder
#3 (August 1981).
Unlike other sword-and-sorcery heroines
(such as Red Sonja
), Valda is practically dressed in a full mail
shirt, flat-heeled boots and (often) leather trousers.
Fictional character biography
Valda the Iron Maiden was a female knight and one of the Twelve Peers of Carolus Magnus
' court. She was born in Aix-la-Chapelle
in the 8th century A.D., the daughter of Bradamante
and (reputedly) Carolus Magnus.
After her mother's death in the ambush at Roncesvalles
, Valda was brought up by Carolus Magnus, his court sorcerer Malagigi
and Bishop Turpin
. She was tutored as a swordswoman by the ghost
of Amadis of Gaul
, who she had summoned with a spell that she had overheard Malagigi using. Initially refused knighthood by the king, she posed as the "Knight All in Scarlet" and defeated her uncle, the great knight Rinaldo
, in a joust to earn the honour.
She was 5' 6" tall, weighed 113 lbs, and had blue eyes and dark brown hair.
She first met Arak, Son of Thunder
while she was under the spell of the sorcerer Baledor
and later joined him in searching for Malagigi who had been captured by the sorceress Angelica. Valda and Arak adventured together and fell in love.
More recently, she was transported to the present day to become a member of the extended Shadowpact
in the Day of......