Big Barda is a fictional comic book superheroine appearing in books published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Mister Miracle #4 (October 1971), and was created by Jack Kirby.
In a reversal of the stereotype associated with female characters at the time of her creation, Barda is physically more powerful than her husband and very protective of him.
Jack Kirby based Barda’s physical appearance on Lainie Kazan, who had recently appeared topless in Playboy. Mark Evanier, Kirby’s assistant during the Fourth World comics, has stated, “Jack based some of his characters (not all) on ponies in his life or in the news… the characterization between Scott ‘Mister Miracle’ Free and Barda was based largely—though with tongue in cheek—on the interplay betwixt Jack and his wife Roz.”