Alias


















Thing II
Nick Name

Benji

Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing

Rock Head


Civilian ID

Benjamin Jacob "Ben" Grimm


Aliases

Blackbeard the Pirate

Dr. Josiah Verpoorteen

Grim Ben


Occupation

Adventurer

Air Force Test Pilot

Astronaut

College Football Player

Former Fighter Pilot

Professional Wrestler


Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
New York, New York
Group Affiliation

Avengers

Fantastic Four

Thunderiders

United Class Wrestling Federation

West Coast Avengers

Yancy Street Gang


Base of Operations

Baxter Building, New York, New York


Height
6'
Weight

Ben Grimm: 225 lbs.


Thing II: 500 lbs.


Eye Color
Baby Blue
Hair Color

Ben Grimm: Brown


Thing II: Bald


Known Powers

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.


Accessories

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.


Common Enemies

Abraxas

Annihilus

Beetle I

Blastaar

Celestials

Diablo

Dr. Doom I

Frightful Four

Galactus

Grey Gargoyle

Hate Monger

Hulk II

Impossible Man

Klaw

Mad Thinker

Mole Man

Molecule Man

Onslaught

Puppet Master

Rama-Tut

Red Ghost

Ronan the Accuser

Sandman

Skrull Empire

Sub-Mariner

Super-Skrull

Trapster

Wizard


Regularly Appearing

Fantastic Four Vol. 1, 2 & 3

Fantastic Four: 1...2...3...4

Fantastic Four: First Family

Fantastic Four: Foes

Knights 4

Marvel Two-In-One

Strange Tales Vol. 1 & 2

The Thing Vol. 1 & 2


First Appearance
Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #1 (Nov. 1961)
Creator
Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Origin

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.