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Marvel Character Affinity: The Thing

 This is Thing’s battle cry before going
into action. Ah yes, Thing, Marvel’s
oldest and one of their most popular monsters. This character was created in 1961 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
along with the other three members of the Fantastic Four starring in their own
comic of the same name. The Thing , whose
real name is Ben Grimm,  is a native New
Yorker from one of the toughest city blocks Yancy Street.

The Thing’s origin is very simple yet brilliant for its time. He and the other
three Fantastics go out into to space for exploration. When the crew arrives to
their destination, they are unexpectedly hit by a cosmic ray and exposed to cosmic radiation. Once the new heroes are hit by the cosmic ray
radiation, they along with their ship crash back to earth.  All the members of the ship survive and gain some
incredible powers. Reed Richards(Mr. Fantastic) inherit elasticity, Sue Richards
(Invisible Woman) can turn invisible and
Johnny Storm (Human Torch) can turn into fire and manipulate it.

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however, it caused a horrible mutation that turned him into a rock monster;
aside from being this rock monster, Thing is given super strength which makes
him durable for battle. What makes the Thing different from many of Marvel’s other powerhouses
like Thor and Hulk, is that the Thing has a never-back-down attitude along with his humor.  The best example of this would be
his battles with the Hulk.  For some
reason the Thing just relishes a good challenge and always thinks he can win. Even
if he gets his butt handed to him by someone like the Hulk, the Thing will say something like
“But did you see that I gave him a couple of good hits there”; which is why I
really enjoy his character. 

The Thing also has a sensitive side. When he was first given his abilities as the
powerhouse bruiser, he lost someone very special due to his abilities and
because of his appearance. He felt disgusted because he was never going to be
normal or live a normal life.   Reading
this makes one feel for the guy because Thing has a special ability that is
very essential to the Fantastic Four and by getting this gift he, out of all
the Fantastic Four, had to sacrifice the most in his life. Of course now current Fantastic Four writer Jonathan Hickman has given Ben the ability to turn human for up to a week at a time thanks to the Future Foundation.

If you are interested in reading more about
Thing, pick up some Fantastic Four issues. You may want to start with the current run by Jonathan Hickman or even the likes of Mark Waid or Mark Millar. If the Fantastic Four issues still aren’t enough, try reading the 1980’s John Bryne run of “The Thing Comics” to get more
clobbering action.  Most of these stories
can be found either in collected trades in your comic book store, or local bookstores.

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