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Comic Book Questions Answered: Has Iron Man Ever Lifted Thor’s Hammer? Who Else Has Lifted It?

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Comic Book Questions Answered: Has Iron Man Ever Lifted Thor’s Hammer? Who Else Has Lifted It?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

After the piece I did a couple of weeks ago about whether the Hulk has ever lifted Thor’s hammer, reader Darryl M. wrote in to ask:

Okay, so how about Iron Man? Who else HAS lifted it?

The first one is easy. The second one is a lot tougher! But read on for the answers, Darryl!

Let’s get the Iron Man one out of the way first.

The only time that Iron Man lifted Thor’s hammer was in the issue that established the “outer space” loophole when it comes to lifting Thor’s hammer. In other words, anyone can lift Thor’s hammer if you’re in outer space. It came up in Avengers #122 (by Steve Englehart, Bob Brown and Mike Esposito)…

Okay, so that’s it for THAT part of the question. Now as to the more difficult part of the question. Who else has lifted Thor’s hammer? I’m going to only list examples withing comic books (so no movies or cartoons) where people lifted A. Mjolnir itself specifically, not some replica or similar hammer and B. Mjolnir while the enchantment is on it

We’ll go in chronological order, beginning with Thor himself, in Journey Into Mystery #83 (by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott)…

I’ll make a slight exception to chronological order because Odin is implied to have lifted it pretty much from the get go, since he was the guy who GAVE the hammer to Thor in the first place! Here’s Odin putting the enchantment on the hammer in 1983’s Thor Annual #11 (by Alan Zelenetz, Bob Hall and Vince Colletta)…

Just four issues into Thor’s history, in Journey Into Mystery #86 (by Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers), Thor’s hammer is taken by a giant robot…

In What If..? #10 (by Don Glut, Rick Hoberg and Dave Hunt), we see what would have happened had Jane Foster found Thor’s hammer…

(We’ll come back to Jane again later)

In Thor #276 (by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Tom Palmer), a “new” Thor is introduced, who is able to lift Thor’s hammer through some wearing enchanted gloves Odin had given to Thor as a young child…

In Thor #305 (by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, Keith Pollard and Chic Stone), the artificial being Air-Walker lifts the hammer…

In What If…? #39 (by Alan Zelenetz, Ron Wilson and Danny Bulanadi), Thor meets Conan’s god, Crom, who takes control of the hammer…

So I guessssss the theory is that the enchantment is now off, right? But we’ll still show how the villainous Set lifted the hammer…

And when Thor is killed, Conan takes the hammer…

Go to the next page for more characters lifting Thor’s hammer!

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