Characters Appearing: Thing
Marvel Comics Presents #21 (Thing)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #21 (Thing story only)
So the Thing hunts the guy down.
The villain's ripping power can actually affect the Thing.
While they're fighting, the Ripper says that he was transformed by a group called the Foundation, which is interested in defending society against mutants and other super-powered people by, erm, creating more super-powered people.
Since the Ripper revealed that his powers are based on unstable molecules, the Thing is able to use his shirt to deflect his attacks.
After knocking him out, the Thing returns the guy to Maria. It's not clear what will happen after this.
In his Cage run, Marc McLaurin will later bring back some unlikely things that he had a hand in creating, like the demonic Boogey Man from Power Pack and Rick Mason, the Agent (McLaurin was Assistant Editor on both of those books). So that seems like a likely place to see more of the Foundation, if not the Ripper. But that doesn't seem to be the case; i don't think we ever hear about the Foundation again. I guess that's pretty natural; i imagine after the first quarterly report said that they had created an additional 15 (or whatever) super-characters and eliminated zero, they might have just folded up shop.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Thing is in his classic rocky form but living at Four Freedoms Plaza. Following the MCP, i've placed this between Fantastic Four #307-308.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Kevin VanHook, I just learned, contributed to comics mostly as a writer. I can't help but feel he has a talent for, aham, adult comics going by these pencils.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | November 17, 2014 5:31 PM
Good thing Ben met this guy when we was wearing a shirt. Otherwise his only unstable moloculed garment would have been his shorts. And nobody wants to see the "Thing" like that.
Posted by: kveto | November 18, 2014 11:49 AM
But wasn't it implied somewhere that Ben doesn't have private parts in rocky form? It sure was in the second movie, not sure if any comic mentioned it.
The Ripper is such a wasted character. He deserved a few more appearances in some edgy book. For some reason he looks like a perfect minor Blaze villain to me.
Posted by: Nate Wolf | July 3, 2017 2:49 PM
It wasn't in the comics--Ben has been implied to have sexual relationships as The Thing (as well as bothering to cover himself up on occasions where he was wound up nude), so he is still anatomically correct.
Posted by: Dermie | July 3, 2017 11:21 PM
Yeah- though note that in the Fantastic Four vs. X-Men series, Ben says he can't have kids.
Posted by: Michael | July 3, 2017 11:46 PM
I think the Ultimate version of Thing might have been confirmed as no private parts, but I might be wrong. Been a while since I saw the film or read the Ultimate FF so may be getting them confused.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | July 4, 2017 3:11 AM
Maybe Ben is like Donald Duck and other cartoon characters, he has private parts but we don't see them unless he, well, needs them? And he still has to cover himself up just like Donald when getting out of the shower.
Posted by: Nate Wolf | July 4, 2017 3:44 AM
Trying but failing to not get too graphic here.... there's a difference between being anatomically correct and being able to have sex without killing or maiming your partner. I assume he is "complete". He eats and drinks, so presumably he finishes the other end of the equation. It's the size and texture I'd worry about, if I were Alicia. But you don't even have to go that far. Ben can't kiss a woman; he has no lips. Maybe he has a fantastic tongue that can't be shown in an all-ages comic...
Posted by: Andrew | July 4, 2017 8:13 AM
I'm fairly sure there have been panels of the Thing kissing Alicia on the lips, but yes, I doubt she would survive sex with the him.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 4, 2017 8:07 PM
The Thing was strongly implied at least to have had sexual relationships with Alicia and Carlotta La Rosa (separately, of course) in Dan Slott's THING series a few years back. When readers questioned Slott about Ben's ability to have sex with human women, he suggested that Reed probably created some device...to allow anatomical compatibility...since he couldn't fully restore him to human form as of yet.
Posted by: Dermie | July 4, 2017 10:47 PM
I only have the trade reprint of the Slott Thing storyline, which doesn't reprint the letter columns. I would love to hear how Slott actually phrased that response. As far as Ben "making love" (as opposed to intercourse) there's also the Mark Millar run on the Fantastic Four where Ben boasts of his prowess in the first issue, and almost marries Deborah Green in the last. (Please address any criticisms of Millar's general disregard of FF continuity to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Posted by: Andrew | July 5, 2017 8:17 AM
I don't think Dan ever addressed it in the letters column; I believe it was an online message board where he discussed it. But if I can track down the conversation, I'll post the quote...
Posted by: Dermie | July 5, 2017 10:30 PM
This has to be the weirdest comic book discussion ever. Lol.
Posted by: Vancelot | June 18, 2018 7:38 PM
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