|The Thing as he was meant to be|
Not counting the cover or a head shot on the splash page,
the above panels feature The THING's very first appearance
in The FANTASTIC FOUR #1. Look at the size of him! When
artist JACK KIRBY first drew him, the Thing was intended to be a
huge, lumbering monster, not the small cuddly teddy bear he later
became. It seems that Jack always had difficulty in maintain-
ing the sizes of characters in relation to one another.
appears far smaller than REED RICHARDS, but is sometimes
shown as the towering figure he was first envisioned as. Over time,
Kirby came to identify with the character because of his own short
stature, but I don't think that he deliberately intended to transform
Ben into a comicbook representation of himself - it just happened.
Having happened however, I think Jack simply continued the
practice once he noticed what he'd done.
appeared to be far taller than Hulkie - even making allowances for
ol' Greenskin's lurching, slumping posture. Also, in the first issue
of The AVENGERS, the last panel shows a clearly upright Hulk
figure as being smaller than IRON MAN and THOR - and if you
study Jack's work, you'll see many other examples of this
kind of inconsistency.
stature over the course of monthly issues, as when the first half
of the FF's origin was reprinted in their very first Annual in 1963,
he had SOL BRODSKY (or LARRY LIEBER) revise some panels,
particularly on the page in which the Thing first appeared. This was
obviously to bring Ben's height into line with then current issues
of the monthly mag. I have to be honest - I don't like the idea
of a small Thing - I prefer him to be the towering figure he
was initially drawn as.
seem too small. Take a look at the following panels by RON
WILSON from the first issue of the Thing's own magazine in the
early '80s - going by the height of the door frame, Ben appears to
be only around 5' 4", which simply isn't tall enough for the him
to be as imposing in the way he was originally intended
to be. He's a monster, not a midget!
Anyone care either way? Let rip in the comments section.