The Thing (Benjamin "Ben" Jacob Grimm) is a fictional character, a founding member of the superhero team known as the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Comics universe. He was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961). His trademark orange rocky appearance, sense of humor, blue eyes, and his famous battle cry, "It's clobberin' time!" makes him one of comics' most recognizable and popular characters. The Thing's speech patterns are loosely based on those of Jimmy Durante.
After the success of the Fantastic Four feature film and events in the Fantastic Four ongoing series which contrived to make Ben a millionaire, the Thing was once again given his own series, written by fan favorite Dan Slott and penciled by Andrea DiVito and, later, Kieron Dwyer. Despite becoming a critically-acclaimed fan favorite, in the midst of large-scale, company-wide events from both Marvel and DC, The Thing met with low sales and was canceled with #8.