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Real Name: Joya

Identity/Class: Olympian god

Occupation: Goddess of joy

Group Membership: Gods of Olympus

Affiliations: Cera

Enemies: Venus (Aphrodite) (loose), Loki (Pluto(?) (or possibly a demon) - see comments)

Known Relatives: Zeus (father), Eurynome (mother);
Gaea (great-grandmother), Ouranos/Uranus (great-grandfather), Cronus, Rhea (paternal grandparents), Oceanus, Tethys (maternal grandparents);
Chiron, Hades/Pluto, Poseidon/Neptune (uncles), Typhon (half-uncle);
Demeter, Hera, Hestia/Vesta (aunts);
Thalia (sister), Algaea (sister);
Apollo, Ares, Dionysus, Hercules, Hermes, (half-brothers);
Aphrodite/Venus, Artemis, Athena, Eileithyia, Eris, Hebe, Helen of Troy, Persephone
(half-sisters), Neptunia (cousin), Cupid (nephew)

Aliases: Euphrosyne (in Greek)

Base of Operations: The extradimensional realm of Mount Olympus

First Appearance: Venus#7/1 (November, 1949)

Powers/Abilities: Joya possesses the conventional powers of the Olympian gods including superhuman strength (Class 25), vitality, longevity and resistance to injury. She can mystically change her form to appear as someone else. Any other magical abilities are unrevealed.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 370 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black


(Greek-Roman myth) - Zeus took the sea-nymph Eurynome as a bride and they sired three daughters: Algaea, Joya and Thalia. The sisters were known as the Graces or Charites, and were attendants at feasts and dances, as well as to Aphrodite/Venus.

(Venus#7/1 (fb) - BTS) - Joya grew jealous of Venus and her powers. Joya also had a reputation for nagging her father. Venus' trips to Earth, escaping the "boredom" of Olympus, added to Joya's outrage.

(Venus#7/1) - Watching from Olympus, Joya envied Venus' freedom and romance on Earth. Joya felt that Venus had betrayed her immortality and duties as a goddess by cavorting with the human Whitney Hammond. Spurred by her handmaiden Cera, she gained audience with Zeus and accused Venus of being a traitor. Zeus had Hermes transport Venus (and whimsically Hammond) to Olympus to stand trial. Attracted to Hammond herself, Joya opened the trial with long-winded accusations. All the Olympian gods were distracted by the trial between the verbose Joya and the charming Venus; this left the citadel's gates unguarded. Loki, the conniving lord of the underworld, seized the opportunity and attacked Olympus with walls of intense flame, intending to banish all except an Olympian bride. Realizing she had caused Olympus' near downfall, she swapped appearances with Venus (Loki's most desired goddess) and offered herself to Loki if he would forgo his ambition over Olympus. Loki disappeared cackling with the disguised Joya. Venus, then disguised as Joya, tested Hammond's love, but he refused any other female's advances.

(BTS) - At some point, Joya escaped Loki's imprisonment in the underworld and returned to Olympus.

(Marvel Valentine Special#1/3) - Joya chided Venus, who was once again pining for Hammond, even though many years had passed and he had greatly aged. Joya pointed out a passing fireball (actually another attempted attack by Goom) that Venus should tackle to protect Earth.

Comments: Uncredited creators.

Joya's Greek name, Euphrosyne, as well as her mother's name, are given in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8. More information on Euphrosyne can be found here.

There are definite similarities between Joya and the secretary of Beauty magazine, Della, in both appearance and as antagonist of Venus, as well as an occasional rival for Whitney Hammond's affection. It's strongly hinted that there is a connection with Joya secretly wishing to replace Venus with a new editor for Beauty magazine, matching Della's ambition.

I can't be sure, but Joya may be the middle child... She is listed second with Thalia noted as the youngest.

I'm not sure who Loki, lord of the underworld, is meant to be. Demonic in appearance, he's been there for 1000s of years holding souls and commanding minor demons in limbo. He may be Pluto, matching his constant desire to rule Olympus. An earlier, similar-looking demonic foe was initially called Satan; the name may have been modified to assuage conservative adults at the time. So this demonic-looking foe may be just be another demon calling himself Satan and then Loki (although a red-bearded, lightning bolt-throwing Thor also helped Olympus a couple of times in Venus - go figure).

Possible penciler for Venus#7/1 may be Don Rico according to the Grand Comics Database.

This profile was completed 1/27/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Joya has no known connections to:


Cera was the handmaiden to Joya. She encouraged Joya's jealousy of Venus and supported Joya's charge of treason against Venus.











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Venus#7/1, p2, pan4 (main image)
Venus#7/1, p2, pan1 (headshot)
Marvel Valentine Special#1/3, p2, pan3 (as attendant)
Venus#7/1, p3, pan2 (Cera)

Venus#7/1 (November, 1949) - uncredited writer & artist(s), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Valentine Special#1/3 (April, 1997) - Frank Strom (writer), Dan DeCarlo (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8 - Jeff Christiansen (head writer/coordinator), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grünwald (editors)

First posted: 09/12/2021
Last updated: 09/10/2021

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