Real Name: Wilhelmina Anderson
active during World War II (presumably, see comments) through modern era;
Apparently born in unrevealed location in Europe (see comments)
Group Membership: None known
Affiliations: Jane Foster (aka Valkyrie) Mister Horse, Runa the Valkyrie
Enemies: German soldiers during wartime (see comments)
Known Relatives: Unidentified child
Base of Operations: Unrevealed (possibly Valhalla vs. Heaven or some other afterlife);
formerly the Maria Wheelock Cancer Center at the
McCarthy Medical Institute, 42nd street, midtown Manhattan, New York;
formerly at least two European nations
First Appearance: The Mighty Valkyries#1 (June, 2021)
Powers/Abilities: Wilhelmina Anderson had no superhuman powers.
She was experienced as a nurse
mid-twentieth century, and she was both courageous and compassionate,
as well as having enough pride to prevent from admitting when she
wanted company or appreciated help).
Even on her deathbed, she had an
excellent memory of events perhaps 80-years-old, and she could tell
She also retained her sense of humor.
She apparently enjoyed smoking
cigars (or perhaps she was just joking, given her advanced lung disease
and that a cigar was about the last thing her lungs needed)
Height: Unrevealed (approximately approximately 5'8"; she looked to be maybe a foot or more shorter than the 6'10" Runa)
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 110 lbs. at time of death (she seemed very slight))
Eyes: Unrevealed (her eyes were never shown in color and/or up-close)
Hair: White (presumably another color in youth
Mighty Valkyries#1 (fb) - BTS) - During World War II (presumably),
Wilhelmina was a young woman fresh out of nursing school at her first
job when the German soldiers came to the hospital to recruit nurses for
(The Mighty Valkyries#1 (fb) - BTS) - Wilhelmina Anderson led a
fascinating life, which Jane Foster would later describe as more
fascinating than anyone she had ever met, including gods, elves, and
As they arrived, Wilhelmina jumped into a free bed,
roughed up her hair and pretended to be a patient. Everyone else played
along, and Wilhelmina spent a year living in that hospital, working as
a nurse during the day and sleeping in the hospital bed at night.
Every time the soldiers came back, she jumped back into bed, pretending to be at death's door.
(The Mighty Valkyries#5 (fb) - BTS) - In line to
cross a national border, Wilhelmina's pregnancy reached full term as
she was having contractions and her water had broken (ruptured of the
Knowing that she only had papers for herself and
that if she had her baby before she crossed the border, they would let
her or her child leave the country, Wilhelmina apparently held the baby
in until she had crossed the border.
(The Mighty Valkyries#1 (fb) - BTS) - Eventually
cancer ate away at Wilhelmina's lungs. Jane Foster -- even without her
Valkyrie vision -- knew that Wilhelmina did not have long to live.
With all of her family and friends having passed,
Wilhelmina had no one to visit her or with whom to share her stories.
Jane Foster took her
coffee break with Wilhelmina, listening to her stories so they could
live on her memory, at least.
Wilhelmina would tell her story and then throw Jane out, too proud to admit that she enjoyed the company.
(The Mighty Valkyries#1) - As Jane Foster quietly
listened, the oxygen-supplemented Wilhelmina told her the story of when
she pretended to be a patient to prevent the "Krauts" (see comments) from forcing her to be a nurse at their base.
When Jane told her to get back downstairs but would be back tomorrow, Wilhelmina told her, "If you insist on returning -- and I'm not saying you should -- bring me a damn cigar, will you!"
(The Mighty Valkyries#5 (fb) - BTS) - Wilhelmina apparently died.
(The Mighty Valkyries#5) - On the room of the
McCarthy Medical Institute, Wilhelmina related her stories about the
war to Runa the Valkyrie, noting that what she remembered most vividly
about the war was the absence of humanity.
As the Valkyrie (Jane Foster) arrived, Wilhelmina
recognized her, noting that she didn't think she would make it in time.
Jane assured her that she wold not miss this moment for the world.
Sitting atop the winged steed Mr. Horse behind Runa,
Wilhelmina shared her story of her holding in her baby until after she
had crossed the border.
"Have you ever tried holdin' in a baby? It's not an easy task. Yet there I was..."
Runa and Jane led Wilhelmina to the afterlife.
Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, Torunn Gronbekk, and Mattia de Iulis.
In case you don't know, Krauts was an ethnic slur used to describe
Germans, especially World War I and II soldiers, based on the European
While it is possible that
Wilhelmina was referring to World War I stories, she would have had to
have been at least 15-16 years old in 1918, which would make her like
119 years old even at the time of publication of the story in 2021.
Making her active perhaps 20-25 years later in World War II fits
better, although the sliding timescale will eventually make that
Wilhelmina was in Europe when she
had her encounter with "the Germans." The fact that she called them
that would seem to indicate that she was not German. Wilhelmina is a
Germanic name, a feminine form of Wilhelm, both meaning "protector" and
based of the word for helmet. However, the name was popular in
surrounding countries, such as the Netherlands.
Her reference to crossing the border while pregnant
seems to indicate that this was also in Europe, rather than coming to
the USA, because that would have been via boat to Ellis Island.
But, obviously, she did come to the USA at some point.
She was much sturdier in Mighty
Valkyries#5, which presumably represented her frame before she
developed cancer cachexia.
Regardless, she was an interesting woman. It
would be cool to see her in some World War II stories involving the
Per the Marvel Database regarding the Maria Wheelock Center:
location is named after Maria Wheelock, the late mother of a reader who
contacted Mighty Thor penciler Russell Dauterman to express her
excitement about the revelation that Jane Foster had become the
then-new Thor, saying that Jane's courage reminded her of her mother's
own battle with cancer. With the blessing of the reader and her family,
the cancer center where Jane was receiving treatment was named after
Maria. Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has stated that the name of this
location is "a small way of not only honoring Maria but also
acknowledging all the other real people out there who are battling or
have battled this illness."
Profile by Snood.
Wilhelmina Anderson should be distinguished from:
- ANDERSON, ALAN - husband of ??, watched over Chris Seyfert when Pete Seyfert
went to look for Juston--Sentinel II#1
- ANDERSON, BOB LEE - criminal, led Angels, crystal meth dealer, attended
meeting of Roger "Big Man" Chan, killed by Punisher--Punisher VI#34
- ANDERSON, Dr. BRIAN - District University, head of
paranormal research department--Son of Satan#5
- ANDERSON, CHARLES - US government agent, made deal with
Kingpin to help dispose of the golden skyscraper.
wm, blond--Web of Spider-Man I#6
- ANDERSON, CHET - Stark Industries--Iron Man: Iron Age #1
- ANDERSON, CHIP - crew of SS Recovery when it was attacked by Namor--Marvel Comics#1 (1939 Daily Bugle
ANDERSON, CURLY - associate and mechanic for Phantom Eagle--Marvel Super-Heroes II#16
- ANDERSON, DAVE -
former Captain and head of security at Los Diablos Missile Base when the Hulk
first appeared, later interviewed by Fred Sloan--[Incredible Hulk I#1], Giant-Size Incredible Hulk#1
- ANDERSON, GINA - Dark Sisterhood, secretary of
defense, attempted to succeed to presidency by killing those in
front of her, exposed by Cable, arrested--Cable II#94
- ANDERSON, JACOB - killed by Atlantean sleeper cell?,
gills carved in neck--Sub-Mariner III#1
- ANDERSON, JAMES COLIN of Reality-148611 - see SKYBREAKER--Psi-Force I#18
- ANDERSON, "BIG" JOHN - Australian/New Zealand/somewhere tenant
in Peter Parker's apartment-KIWI KID*--Spectacular Spider-Man III#1 (2, 3, 6,7, 9,10, 11,
- ANDERSON, JOHN - circa 1960, playwright, romanced by and later married Louise Cummings--My Own Romance#71
- ANDERSON, KENNETH - Redemption, Alabama; state trooper, found
body of Bradley Gideon--Daredevil: Redemption#1, (identified) #5
- ANDERSON, LAUREN - federal agent who posed as a circus
performer to infiltrate the Taskmaster's circus operation, befriended Vance
- ANDERSON, Dr. MURRAY - Project: Rebirth--Giant-Size Invaders#1
- ANDERSON, RICHARD - agent of Terrence Haller Jr.,
offered Inhumans exchange team money to be allowed to sample their genetics--Inhumans V#8
- ANDERSON, CHIEF MAGISTRATE TAM - Genoshan--Uncanny X-Men#236
- ANDERSON, VICTORIA - granddaughter of Phineas
Horton, student at Penn State, did not take education seriously until
helped Vision destroy Gremlin--Vision II#2
ANDERSON, WALTER - New York City police chief, kidnapped by
Nick Fury posing as Scorpio to draw out Zodiac--Avengers I#72
- ANDERSON, Mrs. - cleaning lady for Brian Braddock's apartment--Captain Britain I#28
- ANDERSON, - SHIELD II--Iron Man III#65
ANDERSON, - Facility, wounded by Mercury while experimenting on
her--New X-Men II#35
ANDERSON, - wife of Alan, watched Chris Seyfert--Sentinel II#1
- ANDERSON, Dr. - owner of Anderson Bio-Technic--Namor I#7
- ANDERSSEN, TANYA - former fiancé of Sauron, killed
by Brotherhood of Evil Mutants--X-Men
- ANDERSSEN, Herr - Tanya's father, former physician--X-Men
- other "Wilhelmina" or "Anderson" characters
images: (without ads)
The Mighty Valkyries#1, story pg. 2, panel 2 (telling story from hospital bed);
panel 4 (laughing);
#5, story pg. 21, panel 5 (sturdy, standing by Runa)
pg. 22, panel 2 (best face, by Runa);
panel 4 (into the light)
The Mighty Valkyries#1 (June, 2021) - Jason Aaron and Torunn Gronbekk (writer), Mattia de Iulis (artist), Wil Moss & Sarah Brunstad (editors)
The Mighty Valkyries#5 (November, 2021) - Jason Aaron & Torunn Gronbekk (writer), Mattia De Iulis (artist), Wil Moss & Sarah Brunstad (editors)
First posted: 05/06/2023
Last updated: 05/06/2023
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