Fantastic Four #12: Fear Of The Thing 7

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Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

It's been quite a while since we've seen Ben, his appearance and his actions causing panic amongst his team-mates or the population of New York. Here, a combination of short-temper, bad timing, and Beethoven, means that Ben's irascibility inadvertently causes drastic consequences.

Exiting a symphony performance, an uppity yet surprised man accidentally knocks Ben's hat off when he points out the troops marching down the street. Ben retaliates, but, unaware that the troops are looking out for an enlarged, super-strong being, quickly becomes the focus of attention. It's a nice escalation of the normal bad-behaviour for Ben - the army has only got involved twice before, once when ordered to and once when a hate ray incited them to. Here, reacting to what would at the time have been a pretty unusual and borderline horrific event.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #12 in our tenth episode: Hulk? Smash!