Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing
Benjamin Jacob "Ben" Grimm
Blackbeard the Pirate
Dr. Josiah Verpoorteen
Air Force Test Pilot
College Football Player
Former Fighter Pilot
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|New York, New York|
United Class Wrestling Federation
Yancy Street Gang
|Base of Operations|
Baxter Building, New York, New York
Ben Grimm: 225 lbs.
Thing II: 500 lbs.
Ben Grimm: Brown
Thing II: Bald
Exposure to cosmic radiation resulting in a rocky exterior and increased mass granting superhuman strength, stamina and durability.
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant with military training.
Above average intelligence with skills as a military aviator.
Note: Ben Grimm is commonly unable to change back to human form from the Thing, but due to a series of various events in the past he has had this capability for limited amounts of time.
Fantastic Four Comlink: Personal communications device worn on the outside of the uniform resembling the team logo.
Fantastic Four Uniform: Clothing made of unstable molecules which is resistant and conforms to the abilities of members.
Resources of the Fantastic Four Foundation.
Fantastic Four Vol. 1, 2 & 3
Fantastic Four: 1...2...3...4
Fantastic Four: First Family
Fantastic Four: Foes
Strange Tales Vol. 1 & 2
The Thing Vol. 1 & 2
|Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #1 (Nov. 1961)|
|Stan Lee & Jack Kirby|
Ben Grimm grew up in poverty on Yancy Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side. His alcoholic father unable to hold a job, forced his older brother Daniel to resort to crime for much of the family's income as the leader of the Yancy Street Gang. Idolizing his brother, Grimm became embittered against the world when his brother died during a clash between rival gangs. Grimm would eventually succeed his brother as leader of the street gang.
With the death of his parents, Ben was remanded to live with his Aunt Alyce and Uncle Jake, who had risen from poverty to become a successful physician. First resisting his new guardians' kindness, he eventually came to return their love. Earning a football scholarship to State University, Grimm roomed with future aeronautical engineer Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), and the two became best friends.
Now an Air Force pilot Grimm was contacted years later by Richards to pilot an experimental starship capable of interstellar travel. Rounding out the crew of four were Richards' fiancée and longtime sweetheart, Susan Storm (Invisible Girl), and her brother, Johnny (Human Torch II).
A freak cosmic-radiation storm changed the rocket's inhabitants granting them each unique powers. When the rocket crashed back to Earth, Grimm mutated into a rock-hard monster, dubbed by a fearful fellow adventurer, Sue Storm, as a Thing.