Helena Kosmatos was a young Greek whose father was killed in 1940 by Italian fascists who had invaded Greece. The following year Greece was invaded by the Germans. One evening in 1941 in her home in Athens, fifteen year-old Helena angrily accused her brother Michael of collaborating first with the Italians and then with the Germans. When Helena produced evidence in support of her claim, her distraught mother suffered a fatal heart attack. Helena accused Michael of causing their mother's death and he fled.
Helena went after him but found she was pursued by German soldiers. She ran to the Areopagus ("Hill of Ares") and there stamped her foot in rage while cursing her brother. By doing so, Helena unwittingly called upon the three furies of ancient myths, deities who mercilessly avenged crimes.
An earth tremor caused Helena to fall down a crevice into a cavern where she met the furies. One of them, Tisiphone the blood avenger, asked Helena if she wanted to kill her brother. When Helena said yes and that she would pay any price to avenge her mothers death, Tisiphone touched Helena on the right shoulder with her scythe, endowing her with some of Tisiphone's own powers.
Helena found herself back on the hill, possessing the armor and super powers of Fury. As Fury, she overcame the Nazi soldiers who had pursued her. Then, she transformed into an incarnation of Tisiphone the Blood Avenger. She found Michael piloting a boat carrying Nazi agents, and she killed him. Back in her normal form, Helena drifted in the Aegean Sea until she was rescued by Johnny Quick. He returned her to America, where she went to live with her uncle and aunt in Miami.
At first, Helena thought she had dreamed her meeting with the Furies and her transformations. However, she became Fury again in 1942 and helped the All–Star Squadron prevail over the group known as Axis Amerika. Now aware of her powers, Helena joined the Squadron as one of the “Young All-Stars”. At times, Fury would have trouble keeping her avatar form from completely taking over.
Fury would meet a time-traveling Queen Hippolyta, who had traveled back to 1942 as Wonder Woman. Never fully accepting the death of her mother, Helena began to think Hippolyta was her reincarnated. Hippolyta misunderstood Helena’s maternal affection. However, she respected Helena and became somewhat of a mentor for her. When Hippolyta went back to her own time, Fury was devastated.
The Mystery Years
Helena’s post-war years are still clouded in mystery. It was speculated that Helena entered into a “brief and disastrous marriage” to Arn Munro. However, she would have a far more significant relationship with a man whose identity remains unknown to this day. When her lover was ultimately murdered in the 1970s, Helena’s burning need for vengeance drove her on a quest to avenge him.
Before doing so she dealt with one major complication. Helena had given birth to a daughter named “Lyta”, after her beloved Queen Hippolyta. She sought out Joan Dale Trevor (Miss America), an FBI liaison to the Justice Society and reserve member, who’d been close to her during the 1940s. Helena asked Joan to raise young Lyta in her absence, but with one stipulation, that the child would not be told of her mother’s true identity. Joan and her husband, Derek, formally adopted the young Lyta five years later when Helena failed to return.
Fury would spend two decades stalking the man who killed her lover. She confronted him, destroyed his life and then killed him. Feeling nothing left but emptiness inside, Helena settled down in an English retirement home.
During this time Lyta Trevor had grown to young adulthood, endowed with incredible super-strength that she assumed she’d inherited from Joan Trevor. Joan and Derek weren’t in a position to contradict her. Lyta would go on to become the second Fury and join Infinity Inc., where she was romantically linked to the Silver Scarab. It wasn’t long after that Lyta had an accidental encounter with the legendary Furies and learned Helena Komatos was her biological mother.
Bad Times Ahead
Helena reemerged from obscurity in the nation of New Vladonia with her ex-lover the immortal gigolo named Alcaemon. She had regained her youth by the same ancient scrolls that Alcaemon used to preserve himself. She came to New Valdonia to confront Wonder Woman (Hippolyta’s daughter Diana), who was there to negotiate peace with Alcaemon on behalf of the country. The mentally imbalanced Fury still harbored delusions that Queen Hippolyta was her reincarnated mother and was jealous of Wonder Woman. She attacked Wonder Woman, but Wonder Woman managed to stop her rampage by showing Helena the graves of her parents. A merciful Wonder Woman took Helena to Themyscira in hopes the Amazons could help rehabilitate her.
Things did not improve for Helena on Themyscira as she was manipulated by the Amazon Ariadine (the killer of Hippolyta’s sister Antiope , now posing as the sorceress Magala). She was used to help fuel the civil war between the Amazons of Themyscira and the Bana-Mighdall Amazons. When the truth was revealed to Helena by Wonder Woman, she transformed into the avatar of Tisiphone and tore Ariadne’s heart from her chest and handed it to Hippolyta as a gift.
Helena’s troubled mind suffered two more hits as the first involved the death of Hippolyta by the catastrophic world war against Imperiex. The second blow came when the power of the Furies was stolen from her body by Barbara Minerva, who in turn, hoped to steal back the power of the Cheetah that was taken from her by Sebastian Ballesteros. The battle between Minerva and Ballestros left them both assumed dead and the power of Tisiphone returned once more to Helena.
Helena was last seen during the great Crisis against Alex Luthor. She accompanied the Amazons of Themyscira as they left Earth for parts unkown. When the Amazons later returned Helena Kosmatos was not seen among them
Queen Hippolyta, ruler of Themyscira.
Princess Diana, Wonder Woman
The Amazons, of Themyscira.
Skills and Abilities
Fury is highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat and knowledgeable in various weaponries. She wears lightweight armor that protects her from injury. Fury possesses superhuman strength, which also enables her to leap great distances. She has superhuman speed, though she is not as fast as any of the Flashes. In her “Blood Avenger” form, Fury’s strength was increased even more. She also was virtually invulnerable and could fly. In this form she could project magical heat beams from her eyes.
In Other Media
A character with elements of both versions of Fury (Lyta Hall) appears as a villainess named Aresia (voiced by Julie Bowen) in the Justice League animated series, in an episode titled "Fury", though Aresia herself is never named as such.