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.
Thing\'s first completely solo series, which ran for thirty-six issues. It was originally written by John Byrne and then later by Mike Carlin, and drawn first by Ron Wilson and later by Paul Neary. It was notable for elaborating on Ben Grimm\'s poor childhood on Yancy Street in its first issue, as well as chronicling the Thing\'s adventures as a professional wrestler.
It also crossed over heavily with Marvel\'s Secret Wars event, after which the Thing elects to remain on the Beyonder\'s Battleworld when he discovers that the planet enables him to return to human form at will. A full third of the series\' stories (issues 10 through 22) take place on Battleworld.