The Thing (Ben Grimm)

The Religious Affiliation of
The Thing
Ben Grimm

Religion: Jewish CBR Scale: S

Name: The Thing

Alter Ego: Ben Grimm

Other Names: Benjamin Jacob Grimm; Benjamin J. Grimm; Blackbeard the Pirate; Grim Ben; Uncle Benjy; Dr. Josiah Verpoorteen; Brute; Grimm the Sorcerer; Mister Grimm

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961): "The Fantastic Four!"

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, George Klein

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 5,017

   Comic Book Appearances: 4,920

   TV, Film Appearances: 92

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 5

Teams/Affiliations: Fantastic Five; The Avengers; The Fantastic Four; The Yancy Street Gang; U.S. Air Force; Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation

Ally: Alicia Masters
Ally: Reed Richards
Ally: Sue Storm
Ally: Johnny Storm

Occupation: pilot, stunt cyclist, wrestler

Location: New York City, New York, USA

Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA

Race: white

Gender: male


BELOW: A home run ball is compared to the Holy Grail in Ben Grimm's eyes:

To his astonishment, a baseball soared up and out of the confines of Yankee Stadium and landed, thump thump thump, at his feet.

Ben couldn't believe it. He reached down and picked it up, staring at it as if the Holy Grail had been tossed his way.

Source: Fantastic Four: What Lies Between (2007), pg. 16. Written by Peter David. See also: Holy Grail; The Thing (Ben Grimm)

The Thing (Ben Grimm)

This character is in the following 600 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The 3-Minute Sketchbook #1 (Oct. 2007)
Alpha Flight (vol. 1) #40 (Nov. 1986): "Love" (only on cover)
The Amazing Spider-Man
Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #7 (Jan. 2005): "Dangerous: Part One"
Astonishing X-Men Saga #1 (Mar. 2006) (cameo)
The Avengers
AVX: VS #1 (June 2012): "The Thing vs. Namor, the Sub-Mariner" (lead character)
Black Panther (vol. 5) #12 (Mar. 2010): "Power: Part 6"
Captain America
Captain America: Who Won't Wield The Shield? #1 (June 2010): "The Incredibly Normal and Bourgeois Idea of Doctor America, Occult Operative of Liberty"
Captain Britain (vol. 1) #4 (3 Nov. 1976): "The Thing -- Amok!"
Cerebus #56 (Nov. 1983): "Something Like an Origin" (character based on)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 (Mar. 2007)
Cloak and Dagger (vol. 2) #9 (Nov. 1986): "The Lady and the Unicorn" (only on cover)
Conspiracy #2 (Mar. 1998): "Print the Legend"
Contest of Champions II
The Craptacular B-Sides
Daredevil/Spider-Man #4 (Apr. 2001): "Unusual Suspects, Part Four: Things Get Worse" (cameo)
Daredevil: Father
Dark Reign: Young Avengers
Dark Wolverine
Dark X-Men #2 (Feb. 2010): "Journey to the Center of the Goblin: Part Two" (photo/picture/video)
Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3 (Oct. 2009): "Hidden Depths" (2-panel cameo)
Deadpool / GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular #1 (Sep. 2007): "Drunk with Power"
Deathlok (vol. 2) #31 (Jan. 1994): "Deja Vu (Cyberstrike Part 1 of 4)" (cameo)
The Defenders
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #31 (July 1991): "TBOTV: A Gathering of Fear, Part 1"
Earth X
Essential Spider-Woman
Exiles (vol. 1) #10 (Apr. 2002): "A World Apart: Part 3"
Fantastic Five
Fantastic Force
The Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four Unlimited
Fantastic Four Unplugged #2 (Oct. 1995): "Will Power"
Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine!
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between (2007)
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1 (July 2008): "Gone"
Hulk: Raging Thunder #1 (Aug. 2008): "Thundra at Dawn!"
Human Torch (vol. 2) #12 (June 2004): "Here There Be Dragons!"
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man (vol. 1) #212 (Nov. 1986): "Precious Legacy" (only on cover)
Marvel Age Annual #1 (Jan. 1985)
Marvel Atlas #1 (Jan. 2008)
Marvel Comics Presents
Marvel Double-Shot #3 (Mar. 2003): "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" (cover & 2-panel cameo)
Marvel Fanfare
Marvel Feature
Marvel Graphic Novel #29 (Aug. 1974): "The Big Change" (lead character)
Marvel Holiday Special
Marvel Holiday Special 2004
Marvel Knights
Marvel Knights 4
Marvel Knights Spider-Man
Marvel Super Hero Squad (20 Oct. 2009)
Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions
Marvel Super-Heroes
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel Treasury Edition
Marvel Treasury Special, Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag
Marvel Two-in-One
Marvel Universe: Millennial Visions
Marvel Universe: The End
Marvel Year-in-Review #4 (1992)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (24 Oct. 2006)
The Marvels Project #1 (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Maximum Security
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1 (Oct. 2000): "A Very Dangerous Planet" (3-panel cameo)
Megaton Man
The Mighty Avengers (vol. 1) #28 (Oct. 2009): "The Unspoken, Part 2" (mentioned)
Moon Knight Saga (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Namor, the Sub-Mariner Annual #3 (July 1993): "Namor, the Sub-Mariner; The Thing"
The New Avengers
The New Avengers 100 Project (May 2011)
The New Mutants (vol. 1) #45 (Nov. 1986): "We Were Only Foolin'" (only on cover)
New Thunderbolts
The Order
The Original Ghost Rider #19 (Jan. 1994): "Silent Night... Deadly Night!" (lead character)
Power Man #25 (June 1975): "Crime and Circuses" (cameo)
Questprobe #3 (Nov. 1985): "Strangers"
Sabretooth and Mystique #2 (Jan. 1997): "Torture" (someone disguised or dressed as)
Secret Wars II
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #35 (Apr. 1995): untitled "Li'l Silvie" feature (cameo)
Spider-Island: Spider-Woman #1 (Nov. 2011)
Spider-Man and X-Factor: Shadowgames #1 (May 1994): "Shadow-Games" (cameo)
Spider-Man Family (vol. 2) #4 (Oct. 2007): "Tales of the Puppet Master!" (toy)
Spider-Man Unlimited (vol. 3) #11 (Nov. 2005): "This Looks Like a Job for...!"
Spider-Man: Fear Itself (Feb. 1992) (cameo)
Strange Tales
The Sub-Mariner (vol. 1) #8 (Dec. 1968): "In the Rage of Battle!"
Super-Villain Team-Up #1 (Aug. 1975): "Slayers from the Sea!" (cameo)
Superman / Fantastic Four (Apr. 1999): "The Infinite Destruction"
Thing / She-Hulk: The Long Night #1 (May 2002): "The Long Night" (lead character)
The Thing
The Thing: Freakshow
Thor (vol. 2) #5 (Nov. 1998): "Heroes" (cameo)
Thunderbolts: Life Sentences #1 (July 2001): "Life Sentences"
Ultimate Fantastic Four #32 (Oct. 2006): "Frightful, Part 3"
Ultraforce / Avengers #1 (Fall 1995): "Becoming More Like God"
The Uncanny X-Men
Universe X Special: 4 (Oct. 2000)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual '96
Untold Tales of the New Universe (June 2006): "Adventures in the Mulletverse" (cameo)
Untold Tales of the New Universe: Starband #1 (May 2006): "Adventures in the Mulletverse" (cameo)
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 (Nov. 2009): "Shock and Awe: Chapter 1: The White Knight" (1-panel cameo)
Web of Spider-Man Annual (vol. 1) #3 (1987) (cameo)
Winter Soldier #1 (Apr. 2012): "The Longest Winter, Part One" (photo/picture/video)
X-51 #0 (1999): "A Mere Technicality" (cameo)
The X-Men
X-Men: The Hidden Years #1 (Dec. 1999): "Once More the Savage Land" (cameo)
X-Treme X-Men #18 (Nov. 2002): "Day of the Dead"

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