NAME: Bill; legally changed to Beta Ray Bill
ALIASES: Simon Walters
OCCUPATION: Warrior, former guardian of the
CITIZENSHIP: None; former citizen of New
PLACE OF BIRTH: Planet Korbin, "Burning
KNOWN RELATIVES: None
GROUP AFFILIATION: Formerly Star Masters,
"Thor Corps"; honorary warrior of Asgard
FIRST APPEARANCE: Thor #337 (1983)
HISTORY: Bill was a member of the extraterrestrial
Korbinite race, whose galaxy had been destroyed by the Asgardian
fire demon Surtur in order to forge his Twilight Sword (a.k.a.
"Sword of Doom"). The Korbinites who survived the
destruction of their galaxy determined that they needed a
guardian to protect them, and their Sheo-'re (scientists)
created the automaton Alpha Ray, a bio-mechanical creature
that ultimately proved too mentally unstable. Believing that
they needed a protector with a soul, the Korbinite scientists
tested thousands of their finest men in search of the warrior
they needed. Bill was the only test subject to survive the
grueling physical and psychological tests, and was converted
by bioengineering into a powerful cybernetic form re¬christened
"Beta Ray Bill."
The Korbinites' Great Fleet of ships set off in a convoy
to find a new home, and the entire population entered into
cold sleep until their voyage's end. Bill led the convoy aboard
his starship Skuttlebutt, but they were soon assaulted by
Surtur's demons, who emerged from the exploded Burning Galaxy's
galactic core. Bill scouted ahead, hoping to find a new home,
and was detected by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s
hyperspatial probe. Believing Skuttlebutt a threat to Earth,
S.H.I.E.L.D sent Thor to investigate.
He breached Skuttlebutt's hull and fought Beta Ray Bill, but
when parted from his hammer Mjolnir for more than 60 seconds,
Thor reverted to his mortal identity of Donald Blake. Bill
easily struck Blake down, and then searched for Mjolnir, hoping
to claim it for himself. He found the hammer transformed into
a cane, and struck it against a wall in disgust, only to find
himself transformed, having proven himself worthy of the power
Because Bill had a legitimate claim to Mjolnir, and wished
to use it against the demons plaguing the Great Fleet, Thor's
father Odin settled the matter by having Bill and Thor face
each other in a fair fight in the land of Skartheim, a fight
which Bill ultimately won. As his reward, Odin had the dwarf
Eitri forge the hammer Stormbreaker, which shared many of
Mjolnir's enchantments, and bestowed it upon Bill. Thor and
the Asgardian Sif helped Bill battle
the demons, and they destroyed the portal in the Burning Galaxy.
As Bill prepared to depart, Odin added another enchantment
to Stormbreaker so that he could assume his mortal form, having
transferred the enchantment from Mjolnir which had enabled
Thor to become Donald Blake. Sif joined Bill in his journey
at first, but they were both soon summoned back to Asgard
when Surtur's armies prepared to invade Asgard. Bill led Asgard's
forces on Earth while Thor faced Surtur himself. Surtur destroyed
Asgard's Rainbow Bridge in order to trap their armies on Earth,
but Thor and Bill eventually returned the Asgardians home
with their hammers. While he was on Earth, Bill met other
champions such as Power
Pack and the Avengers,
and fought against the Dire
Wraiths, the Green Liberation Front, and Kurse.
As Bill continued to guide the Great Fleet, he faced dangers
such as Crack, a pirate who used captured extraterrestrials'
psychic energies to power his vessel, and Ego the Living Planet,
who decimated part of the fleet. Bill learned that Ego
had been driven mad by a propulsion unit placed on it by Galactus,
and had the device destroyed, but when Ego offered himself
as the Korbinites' new home, Bill refused, noting that Ego
had caused his people too much suffering. Bill finally led
the fleet to a world - christened "New Korbin" -
which was suited for their inhabitation, and awoke the Korbinites.
Bill's people found it hard to understand his attachment to
Asgard, and the government became frustrated when Bill would
abandon them to help Thor, such as when he aided Eric Masterson,
a human who had been given Thor's power while the true Thor
was in exile, and Dargo Ktor, a Thor from an alternate future.
Bill joined with the other two Thors as a "Thor Corps"
facing the time traveler Zarrko the Tomorrow Man together.
The three later reunited, alongside the real Thor, to battle
Dargo's enemy Demonstaff.
The Korbinites finally demanded that Bill be stripped of
his power, so that they could find a more compliant warrior
to serve them. Bill turned Stormbreaker over to them, but
they found that none of them could lift the hammer. Bill eventually
reclaimed Stormbreaker when he learned that Thor had been
overcome with "warrior's madness" and in trying
to help Thor, Bill was badly beaten by him. So weakened, he
was easy prey for the malevolent being Tyrant, who sought
to feed on his energies, but Bill was aided by Tyrant's other
captives the Silver Surfer,
Ganymede, Jack of Hearts,
Gladiator, Terrax and Morg, and finally escaped Tyrant when
Galactus forced him to stand down. Bill returned to help Adam
Warlock and Dr. Strange
heal Thor's psyche, but Thor blamed his madness on Odin and
left Asgard. Bill remained in Asgard for a time to help Odin,
until Odin appointed the human Red Norvell as the latest Thor.
When the protector of the universe Quasar was framed for
the murder of the intergalactic peacekeeping force the Charter,
Bill assisted Quasar alongside the Silver Surfer and former
Charter members Xenith and Morfex. Together, they called themselves
the Star Masters. As they uncovered the true murderer of the
Charter, an Axi-Tun named Lord Votan, Bill suffered a pair
of tragedies: many of his people were slain by the Axi-Tun,
and a near-Ragnarok in Asgard nearly killed him. The Silver
Surfer and Odin saved Bill's life by joining the Odinpower
with the Surfer's Power Cosmic, removing Bill's enchanted
Eventually, Bill regained his original powers when the crisis
passed. During the events of the "Maximum Security"
crisis, Bill was captured by forces of the Intergalactic Council,
who labeled him a criminal and exiled him to Earth, which
had become a new penal colony for extraterrestrial criminals.
Bill aided Thor and Earth's other heroes in overthrowing the
planet's jailer, Ronan the Accuser, and the aliens were finally
returned to the stars. Not long afterwards, Bill defended
Asgard during Odin's final battle with Surtur, in which Odin
was killed. Thor eventually claimed the throne of Asgard.
When at last the true Ragnarok struck Asgard, Bill came to
their aid, again to his native people's distress, and he heroically
stood against the armies of Surtur. Thor finally removed Bill
from the battle, telling him to look to his own people. Believing
that Asgard was now truly doomed, Thor wanted Bill to live
so that someone would survive to remember them.
As Bill returned to New Korbin, it was under attack by Galactus,
known to the Korbinites as Ashta. The Korbinites had reactivated
Alpha Ray to fight Galactus, but the priests of the Korbinites,
jealous of Beta Ray Bill because some of the Korbinites had
begun worshipping him, had reprogrammed Alpha Ray to kill
Bill. Faced with enemies at all sides, Bill was unable to
prevent the destruction of New Korbin and his people's fleet.
Bill learned from Skuttlebutt that many of the Korbinites
had been placed within a Meta-Orb, which kept them in suspended
animation in another dimension. Bill fought Galactus' herald
Stardust for the Meta¬Orb, as well as the demon Asteroth,
who tried to feed on the souls within the orb. Bill attempted
to return to Asgard to resettle his people, only to find that
Asgard was an uninhabitable wasteland. Asteroth reappeared,
claiming to have fed upon the souls within the orb, and Bill
slew her in Asgard, nearly dying in the process. A robed figure
took the meta-orb, saying there was still hope for his people,
and saved the injured Bill's life by bonding him to Simon
Walters, a human on Earth who had died in an alley. Simon
was a former soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress
disorder from his combat experiences, and Bill inherited some
traces of his memories. Bill was disoriented when he awoke
in Simon's body, and happened into a battle between Spider-Man
and the super-villain the Boar. Bill resumed his true form
and aided Spider-Man, gradually regaining his memory. Bill
has adopted Earth as his new home and set out for new adventures.
HEIGHT: 6 ft. 7 in.; (Walters) 5 ft. 9 in.
WEIGHT: 480 lbs.; (Walters) 132 lbs.
EYES: No visible pupils or irises; (Walters)
HAIR: None; (Walters) Black
ABILITIES/ACCESSORIES: Bill is immensely
strong and durable and is an experienced warrior. He wields
the mystical hammer Stormbreaker, made of Uru metal, which
was enchanted by Odin to prevent those who are unworthy from
lifting it. Stormbreaker returns to Bill when it is thrown,
allows him to command the elements of storm, generates mystical
energy blasts, opens trans-dimensional portals, enables Bill
to fly, and can transform him into the form of Simon Walters
by striking the hammer against the ground; as Walters. Bill
can resume his true form by striking his hand on the ground.
The above information was copied from “All-New Official
Handbook of the Marvel Universe #2”