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
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
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)
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