So here for starters, we've got some cool pics of the Thing in
action! Take a look around, and enjoy, everybody! Oh yeah, and
feel free to save them all to file if you wish!
From left to right: Thing with a napkin at the beach, ready for
some clobberin', stompin' a tank, and even a small picture of him
running into action, first at the ready too!
In the one panel, Ben fiddles around with one of Reed's gadgets, a
mind probing device. You'd probably think Ben, in his rock-like
form, would be too big to wear the headset, but, as it so happens,
it fit! (Actually, now that I think of it, so did one of the
Wizard's own mind-control devices when he and the first grouping
of the Frightful Four captured Ben and tried to get him to do
their bidding. Ben was fortunate to be rescued from that dreadful
mishap.) In the other panel, Ben takes on a horned creature both
he and Mordred the Mystic found themselves dealing with in one of
Here, Ben finds himself up against a giant liquid-based being who
could probably give Hydroman a run for his money. Whoa baby, is
that something! In the other one, Ben tosses a barbell to the
floor, unconcerned if he breaks something, a frequent joke since
the early days of the FF.
From left to right again: that seems to be Ben in human form,
posing for a model suit, I presume? With Jennifer Walters, the
sexy She-Hulk, and lifting up what may be the same tank from the
row above, with the rest of the FF on the scene.
Come on people, don't tell me this scene isn't hilarious! Taken
from Marvel Two-In-One #56
from October 1979, what we have here is the Femizonian warrior
woman Thundra wrestling the Thing for - what else? - his love.
It's stuff like this that made the book of the time so fun!
I'm guessing that Johnny may have pulled that stunt with the pie,
but then again, it could've been the Yancy Street Gang. In the
middle, he's stopping a girder from falling on a car with the FF
inside, and then, there's a picture of him in a suit.
Confronting a mercenary with a gun in one, and an alien in the
kitchen in the other.
During his time on the Secret Wars planet, where he discovered
that he could transform himself back to his regular human form,
Ben fought a gigantic version of Doctor Doom, that split into many
duplicates as it became more reduced in power and size.
The narrative shown here is by Tarianna, the humanoid lady he met
there, who may have also had a doppelganger back on earth as well,
as Ben discovered when visiting a circus in Ohio in 1985.
During the 301st issue of Fantastic
the Wizard captured Ben and Franklin Richards,
hoping to use the latter to bring about the downfall of his
archnemesis, Mr. Fantastic. Hoping to brainwash Ben again, as he
once did in issue #41 back in the mid-60's, he tried to use his IO
headset on him again, only this time...it didn't work! Nope, Ben
managed to build up not just a tougher [rock] skin for himself
during the time he'd been travelling across country himself in the
past year, but also a tougher cerebral focus as well, and repaid
Wizard with a nice, good knuckle sandwich! Oh, yeah!
Franklin also saved the day, and wow, what Sue Storm did to the
villain here to punish him for kidnapping her child really
impressed me in the ways of good, solid, edgy writing, which is
why I'll let the readers to find out how she took Wizard out,
since how she dealt with him is certainly much edgier in the ways
of writing than what's been done post-90's. Bravo, and three
cheers for Roger Stern!
When the FF first encountered the Hulk in the mid-1960s, they were
flattened by him. But as time went by, even if Ben - the most
likely to face Bruce Banner's alter ego - didn't win, he sure
didn't go down without proving he was still a formidable force!
Here we see ol' Ben sending the Hulk on a trip through at least 2
tree trunks (I think it's from FF #112, July 1971). Wow, what an
ego trip that must be!
Ben got into a little clash with Quasar (real name Wendell Vaughn)
in MTIO #53 during a trip to Project Pegasus. Quasar proved he
could more than hold his own against Ben, making for an impressive
hero in one of his earliest appearances.
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