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The Thing

Bengrimm
Real name
Benjamin Jacob Grimm
Current alias
The Thing
Alignment
Affiliation
Relatives
Alicia Masters (wife); Aunt Petunia (aunt); Jacob "Jake" Grimm (uncle); Philip Masters (father-in-law)
Universe

Characteristics
Gender
Unusual features
Yes
Status
Marital status
Origin
First appearance

History

In his youth, Ben Grimm was at college with Reed Richards, who would go on to become something of a scientific miracle worker, and the two remained friends for years. Needing a pilot for a totally illegal experimental space flight he intended to take along with his girlfriend Sue Storm and her kid brother Johnny, Richards recruited Ben, who had in the meantime become a military test pilot. Ben attempted to warn Richards of the foolishness of the scheme (and in particular of the dangers of subjecting themselves to cosmic rays without adequate shielding) but was overruled on the grounds that he was just a big, thick lummox while Reed was a genius. Predictably, the rocket was bombarded with cosmic rays and subsequently crashed, and the heavily irradiated crew all developed super powers...though in Ben's case, at the cost of being permanently transformed into a hideous, rocky orange skinned monstrosity. Understandably perturbed by this, Ben attacked Reed, but was calmed down and persuaded to become a part of his "friend"'s next brilliant idea, superhero team the Fantastic Four. Ben has since come to terms with his condition and found love with blind sculptress Alicia Masters, who could see his inner beauty (allegedly) and not his outer ugliness.

Powers and abilities

Powers

He's incredibly strong.

Abilities

Being incredibly strong.

Strength level

Incredibly strong.

Weaknesses

Gets a bit self-conscious about being hideous.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Trunks made out of unstable molecules,

Transportation

Fantasticar

Notes

The Fantastic Four are American characters but have appeared in both reprints and the odd UK originated story from a number of British publishers including Marvel UK, Panini, World Distributors and Odhams. The Thing once had his own British reprint weekly, The Thing is Big Ben.

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