From his very first appearance in ‘Journey Into Mystery’, Thor’s hammer has been enscribed with a verse that explains that ANYONE who would be worthy can life the hammer and possess the power of the Thunder God.  The occasions upon which this has happened are pretty rare though, even if you take into account the extended runs of Eric Masterson and Beta Ray Bill, and most importantly, there has been little explanation of what it truly MEANS to be worthy of the power.  Wonder Woman has shown herself to fit the bill, as have a couple of other heroes (more on that in today’s Retro Review).  With such a vague category, one has to wonder whether the likes of Luke Skywalker would be worthy to heft Mjolnir, or Goliath The Gargoyle, or even River Tam?  (Sure, she’s nuts, but she’s a relative innocent.)  Indeed, it’s the kind of thing that might spark some today’s judgemental query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) may not know what worthy is, but would be quite entertained to see Randus Duthane wielding the power of Thor, asking: What fictional character would you deem to be worthy to lift Mjolnir?

The Author

Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Doctor Dinosaur
    November 2, 2014 at 11:30 am — Reply

    The Doctor.

    Now he can do both screws and nails!

    • Slappy
      November 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm — Reply

      I disagree. I do not believe that the Doctor is worthy on multiple levels.

    • Slappy
      November 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm — Reply

      I see someone as “Worthy” not being pure and innocent, or even “Good” after all, Thor is not always an angel.
      Honesty/truthfulness are important as well as selflessness and humility (Something Thor had to learn).
      Those I believe fit this category are:
      Iron Fist, Karate Kid I, Blok (Matthew, I concede), Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Hank McCoy.

  2. Malone_hasco
    November 2, 2014 at 11:34 am — Reply

    Certain iterations of Captain America and Superman definitely. Mike Mignola also has not been using much of Norse mythology yet, so I vote for Hellboy. Although, not the Marvel Mjolnir, but actual one.

  3. Arbor Day
    November 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    Atticus Finch

  4. November 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    Frank Zhang from the Percy Jackson novel series (he’s one of the Roman demigods from the second series, “The Heroes of Olympus”). He’s a son of Mars, the God of War, but unlike most kids of the god of war, he’s pretty level-headed and not very hungry for war. He’s also a descendant of Poseidon, which gives him an extra dose of demigod power. He’d be less likely to abuse the powers of the hammer than most other teenagers and instead would only use it to defend those in need from monsters, Titans, etc. Of course, since the upcoming third series will start including the gods of Norse mythology and their modern day demigod kids, I might change my answer next year.

  5. Ian
    November 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    Ambush Bug!

  6. Lee Goldberg
    November 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    Billy Batson. Worthy of the power of Shazam, worthy of the power of Thor.

    • Greg
      November 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm — Reply


  7. Robbie
    November 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm — Reply

    I have two nominees-
    Optimus Prime (comic and TV Prime, not face-ripping Bay Prime) and Sir Bevier from David Eddings’ novels.

    • November 3, 2014 at 9:39 am — Reply

      There are a few incarnations of Optimus Prime I think would be worthy, but I agree Baysplosions Prime would NOT be on that list.

  8. Ian
    November 3, 2014 at 12:22 am — Reply

    Sturm Brightblade

    • Robbie
      November 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm — Reply


  9. Oldcomicfan
    November 3, 2014 at 7:10 am — Reply

    Emily Strange. Or how about Arya Stark from game of thrones. Actually, I was disappointed with one scene in The Avengers when The Hulk tried to lift Mjolnir and couldn’t do it. It would have been funnier if he had lifted it, stared at it a moment, and then thrown it over his shoulder as useless trash.

  10. Oldcomicfan
    November 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    Giving it more thought, I think Peter Parker would be just about the most worthy. Aside from one episode after he first got his powers where he tried to use his newfound abilities to earn enough money to buy a car to impress his wanna-be girl friend, he’s selflessly used his powers to help others with no thought of reward, sacrificing his youth, his college career, his earning potential as a scientist and his marriage on the altar of duty, and he’s tackled crisises and villains far in excess of his power level just because somebody had to do it. He puts Iron Man, the FF, and just about everybody else in the Marvel Universe – including Thor – to shame. Spider-Thor, Spider-Thor – His adventures are a bore! Is he strong… listen bud…

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